Tuesday, 27 August 2013

English Grammar Lessons -- Idioms And Idiomatic phrases-- Meanings and their usages-Exercises (with answers) No.10 & 11.

Exercise No. 10.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.


1. A fair weather friend always tries to fish in troubled waters of his friends and  benefactors.

A. to borrow money B. To steal belongings of C.To get benefit in bad situation.  D.To extend a helping hand.


2. His arrogant behavior with others has left him high and dry.

A. To be penniless B. To be very sick.  C. To be very famous D. Isolated.

3. All the residents of the colony painted the town red on the eve of festival.

A. To white wash buidngs B. To renovate buildings C. To celebrate noisly in public places.  D.To create nuisances.

4. The chairman pulled  a long face when the house did not accept the suggestions put forth by him.  

A. To look disappointed B. To get annoyed C.To be agitated D.To make a quarrel.

5. The fair and square policy of the chairman of the committee has made him very popular among the residents of the town.

A. Clever and Deceitful B. Honest C. Ambigious D. Relevant and practical.

Answers: 1.C2.D3.C4.A5.B.


Exercise No. 11.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.



1. Due his bad habit of borrowing money from others, he will be in the mire one day.

A. to be punished B, To be imprisoned C. To be insulted D. to be in trouble.

2. I do not like his habit of mincing matters.

A. Not to speak plainly. B.To brag about C. To be talkative  D. To show off.

3.The chairman of the  corporation plays a  second fiddle to the minister.

A. To extend a helping hand B. To play a secondary role. C.To be guiding person. D. To be facilitator.  

4. In order to become a successful administrator in the office, an executive has to keep his  ears to the ground.

A. To be very polite B. To encourage backbiting C. To keep informed about happening in surrounding. D. To have a strict control over all.

5.He had to go through the motion of starting with this new project as he was  least interested to take  up it.

A. To complete quickly. B. To do a work without enthusiasm C. To do without any interest. D. To work at a slow  speed. 

Answers: 1.D.2.A3.B4.C5.B.