Some Important Idioms
able + infinitive
agree on + noun
agree on + gerund
aid + person/thing
ask + infinitive
ask + person + infinitive
begin + infinitive
centers on + person/thing
choose + infinitive
to be + composed of + thing
consider + person/thing
continue + infinitive
contrast A with B
compare A to B
compare A with B
count on + person/thing
to credit with
give credit for
are in danger of + gerund
decide + infinitive
decide on + thing/person
difficult + infinitive
disclose to + person/organization
distinguish between X and Y
distinguish X from Y
draw on (take out)
draw + thing
to be drawn to + thing/person
elect + person
enable + person + infinitive
encourage + person + infinitive
to be + essential to + person/thing
except for + person/thing
except for + gerund
force + thing/person + infinitive
focus on + thing/person
get credit for/give credit for
grow out of
help + thing/person + infinitive
make + thing/person + verb (simple form)
mistake + thing/person + for
a native of
to be + necessary + infinitive
permit + thing/person + infinitive
prohibit from + gerund
promise of + thing
range from X to Y
require + thing/person + infinitive
resemble + thing/person
rivalry between X and Y
the rivals X and Y
seek + infinitive
seek + thing/person
seem + infinitive
speak to + person
speak with + person
Take advantage of
teach + person + infinitive
teach + person + thing
tell + person
Use + person/thing + infinitive
used + infinitive
to be + used to + gerund
to be + willing + infinitive
|Tom is able to play the guitar with his toes.
Steve never has access to his dad’s bank account.T
Tom acts as a scout for GQ here in South America.
We agreed on the plan.We agreed on going to town.
We agreed to go away.
The magnifying glass aided his search.
Your schedule does not allow for much time.
He wants to appeal to my good sense.
She is as tired as I am.
He asked to go home.
He asked me to go home.
We never associate with Steve – he is far too tacky!
His tackiness can be attributed to too many comic books as a child.
I think that the movie Star Wars is based on a true story.
It soon began to rain.
There was a boom in the sale of yellow polka-dot bikinis as soon as Natalia Paris tried one on.
The Avro Arrow was built by proud Canadians.
Who cares about that?
I don’t care for your tone.
The story centers on the struggle for meaning in a chaotic universe.
I do it because I choose to do it.
The atom is composed of various parts.
Your story is not consistent with Joel’s story.
Joel contends that you are lying.
I consider you a friend.
If you continue to do that we will not be friends.
If you contrast Bill with you Bob, you find….
The new device will convert matter to energy.
Caliban is compared to a beast in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
(compare to stresses similarities).
Compared with you, I cannot sing well at all.
(compare with stresses differences).
I count on you for the correct answers.
Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas.
I have to give you credit for working so hard.
The robber was in danger of being captured.
We decided to leave the party early.
We decided on the all-meat pizza.
Steve was delighted by the new findings.
Steve depends on Joel for financial support.
Canadians are very different from Americans.
Steve finds it difficult to dance to Latin music.
Joel decided to disclose to the world the truth about Steve’s crazy ideas.
I want to distinguish between London and Paris.
If you distinguish London from Paris….
Unlike Felix, Steve can draw on funds from Joel’s bank account.
The tattoo artist drew a lovely flower on Joel’s left bicep.
Women are drawn to Steve’s bulging muscles.
Natalia Paris often dreams about Steve.
Mr. Bolton’s bank account dwindled from one thousand dollars to less than half that in less than a week.
Mark will be elected to the Congress in 2016.
We elected Steve as our office “gopher”.
The snail emerges from its shell.
My job enables me to travel.
We encouraged him to paint.
Steve wishes to escape from grinding poverty.
Coffee is essential to me, especially in the morning.
Everyone is here except for the teacher.
Except for being handsome, he wasn’t very special.
Juan explained to Steve the difference between salsa and merengue.
Steve is exposed to intense ridicule every day of his life.
We fail to see the humor in these sentences.
Steve fled from their sharp criticisms.
We forbid you to go.
This mishap forces me to plan ahead.
I want to focus on our mutual problem.
I have to give you credit for your good work.
Joel predicts that Test Tutor will grow from a small company to a major multinational within five years.
Steve grew out of his overalls just last year.
Music helps me to think.
Studies indicate that people with gray hair are smarter than the majority.
Steve should invest in hair dye.
Lack of exercise leads to obesity.
The pain is localized in my left foot.
You’ve managed to screw this up again, Steve.
Chocolate makes me think of Switzerland.
Penguins are native to the Antarctic.
Steve is a native of Canada.
Steve needs to think of some better sentences.
It is necessary to be creative.
Liberalism, as we know it, originated in 17th century England.
Money permits us to live a comfortable life.
Stephen is prized as a teacher in Bogota.
Stephen is prized for his ability to dance the salsa.
In school, we were prohibited from fighting.
The promise of success drove us to the mountain’s peak.
I promise to tell the truth more often – I swear.
Steve’s first novel will be published in March.
His clients range from multinationals to the smallest businesses.
I wish to refer to the latest work by Foucault….
She is regarded as an expert.
My work requires me to travel.
Steve resembles a young Charles Atlas.
Rough play often results in injuries.
Injuries often result from rough play.
The rivalry between Joel and Enrique Iglesias is legendary.
The rivals Enrique and Joel quarreled often.
Save for that inconvenience, the trip was a success.
They saved me from another boring party.
He seeks to save your soul.
I seek the truth.
You seem to be sleepy today.
I can sleep with whoever I want!
I spoke to my secretary about the report I wanted.
I spoke with my colleague about the upcoming report.
Steve loves to take advantage of those around him.
She taught Jim to dance.
She taught Jim the lambada.
She told him that he was a terrible dancer.
The rope is tied to the chair.
We transmitted the e-mail to him.
I use a light to read.
Years ago, he used to walk every day to work.
He is used to walking to work.
Fortunately, he was willing to help us.
Some More idioms
|a debate over a lot a responsibility to a result of a sequence ofagree with as an instance of as good as/or better than as great asas good as…or better than as much as attend to (someone) attribute X to Y/X is attributed to Ybased on believe X to be Y both X and Y centers on concerned withconform to created with defined as depends on whether depicted asdifferent from/differ from distinguishes between X and Y distinguish from doubt thateither…or enable to fascinated by forbid X to do Y identical with in contrast toindependent from indifferent towards modeled after (no) more…than/(no) less…than
more than ever neither…nor not only…but also not so much…as
prohibits X from doing Y potential to range from X to Y regard as regardless
responsible forresulting in retroactive to so X as to be Y so (adjective) that
subscribe to such…as the same to X as to Y to contrast X with Y to mistake X for Y
to result in to sacrifice X for Y