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Much of our everyday conversation is riddled with well-worn turns of phrase which make perfect sense to us, although their actual meaning and our reason for using them could be quite hard to explain. Why, for instance, do we talk a load of codswallop, pay cash on the nailget the sack, or have a bit of how's-your-father? Many such phrases are contained in this book and information on their origin is combined with exercises which encourage students to look more closely at the things we say and the way that we say them.

The phrases are grouped under topic headings (e.gWeather, Food, Money, Work). All the sections contain exercises and many of them also include explanations of one or more well-known phrases. Opportunities are given for students to contribute extra phrases of their own, whether they are generally known or particular to their own locality, family or work.

The theme of the book is relevant to students at all levels, and the text is presented as simply and clearly as possible. There is an index of all the phrases included in the book and a list of books for further reading. Detailed answers to the exercises are provided.

NO. OF PAGES: 52 - A5

Additional Information

  • Author : Margaret and Hugh Brown
  • Series : Brown and Brown
  • Topic : Literacy
  • Topic : Workbooks
  • Publisher : Brown and Brown
  • ISBN : 9781870596343