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Phrasal Verb of The Day – Keep up

Hi everyone, today’s phrasal verb is keep up. Basically, it means to remain at the same standard or position as someone or something else; to maintain a necessary pace or level.


  • You need to keep up with the metronome’s rhythm, otherwise it will sound awful.
  • The teacher told me to keep up the good work.






Phrasal Verb of The Day – Drop off

Drop off is a phrasal verb that has a lot of meanings. We’ll see two of those today.

1. If we want to say that we’ll be leaving someone in a specific place:

  • I’ll drop you off at the airport at 7:30 am. Is that OK for you?

2.  If we want to say something is diminishing:

  • Because the rains this year have been scarce, there’s been a great drop off of the water level in the river.

Hope it helps!

Iron Man 3 Movie Review (part of my FCE writing task)

I had to write a movie review as a part of my FCE writing tasks.  Since I had the chance to watch Iron Man 3 almost two weeks ago, and because I enjoyed the film, I decided to write a review about it. My teacher hadn’t had the chance to correct it yet, so feel free to leave a comment if you find mistakes (or if you didn’t like the film!).

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3, as the name states, is the third installment of this super hero series. The events of the movie develops after those occurred on The Avengers film (which you don’t necessarily have to see to understand what’s going on), and as before, the movie stars Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes) and some new faces as Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian) and Ben Kingsley (The Mandarin).

A series of events led Tony Stark to face this new terrorist called “The Mandarin” who is tearing apart his personal world. After a major attack received in his own place, he finds himself alone, with no hi-tech gadgets anymore and equipped only with his wits and engineering knowledge, he sets out on a quest to put things back in their place one more time.

On the plus side, the visual effects of the movie are great. The CGI are out of this world and the fact that you constantly watch Stark putting on and off his suit makes it more believable. The sounds effects are also great, and because the movie features a new director, the soundtrack is more orchestrated this time than the last two films, which had more heavy rock music. I consider this a good twist, but I can imagine people complaining about that.

On the other hand, if you’re not very keen to this super hero stuff, it might not be that enjoyable, and at times, you will find the plot not very consistent.

Overall the movie is entertaining, and definitely, better than it last predecessor; the actors did a great job and at the end, if you like this kind of films, you will not be disappointed.

Stark on his own...

Phrasal Verb of The Day – Come across

My FCE4 course finally started.  We have classes again and new classmates, which for me, is exciting, considering the fact that only three of us made it through the last course. Anyway, let’s move on to the phrasal verbs. This is what happened yesterday.

One of the five FCE  papers consists on Use of English, in which you have four different types of tasks. Again, one of those tasks is called Open Cloze, which is about thinking of a single word to complete the missing gap in the text given. We have several of those type of exercises in the Student’s Book and yesterday  we had a text about the Post-it® notes. The two initial paragraphs went like this: “I had not realised quite how many inventions and discoveries had come about by chance until fairly recently when I was given a book on the subject. I came _______ some very interesting facts indeed. Did you know, for example, that Post-it notes, those small, yellow, sticky […]”. I have to admit the word across didn’t come to my mind (looks like I need to invest more time on phrasal verbs with come, he he he) , instead, I picked the word with. As you already know, it was wrong. The thing is that come across in this context means to find something by chance, to find it unexpectedly.


  • I came across with the solution to that math problem fooling around with some basic formulas.

Hope it helps!

It began long ago…


Yesterday I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  I have to admit that I expected at least additional scenes for the DVD version, but anyway, for what it matters, the movie is fantastic.

The thing is, I thought it would be a good idea to write down some words or expressions that I could pick up from the movie, in order to have a list for future reference or just to add up a bit of vocabulary.  The list is not extensive nor does contain very specific or hard words or phrasal verbs, but as I wrote before, it might help to build up your vocabulary. One last thing, the meanings of the words are those from the context of the film.

  • Stronghold:A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
  • Line: It means ancestry, where you come from, your lineage.
  • Thrive: to prosper, to flourish.
  • Covet: To desire excessively to possess or have something (like Thorin’s grandfather, he coveted gold).
  • Plunder: Steal goods from someone. It also means booty.
  • Abduct: Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
  • Decay: The state or process of rotting or decomposition (Do you remember when they entered the Trolls cave?).
  • Sap: The fluid that circulates inside the plants.
  • Chamomile: An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers (Chamomile tea is what one of dwarfs offered Gandalf at Bilbo’s house).
  • Burglar:  A robber, thieve. (“If I say that he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is.” Don’t mess with Gandalf…)
  • Wipe out: To erase or destroy something (or someone) completely.
  • Draw near: To approach,  approximate.
  • Vanquish: To defeat completely.
  • Give up:  Taken someone as lost.
  • Take back: To recover. The dwarf were trying to recover Erebor form Smaug.

Phrasal Verb Of The Day – Break out

Hi everyone, today’s phrasal verb is break out. How do we use it?

Well, you can use it in cases when something happens suddenly or starts abruptly like a fire, a riot, etc. You can also use it for saying that something is ready for action or use.


  • A riot broke out in prison.
  • Break out the guns, we’re going for a hunt!
  • There’s been a fire break out in the city mall. Firefighters are already there.

Phrasal Verb of the Day – Give back

I will try to post a “Daily Phrasal Verb” kind of thing. Today’s give back.

Pretty obvious, isn’t it? It means to return something.


  • Why don’t you give back something to society? Do volunteer job at your local school!
  • You have to give back the CD you borrowed from her.

Phrasal Verbs with ‘Bring’


Bring up = Raise

  • Bringing up children is not an easy job. = Raising children is not an easy job.

Bring round = Make someone conscious (medical)

  • It took the doctors an hour to bring her round again. = It  took the doctors an hour to make her conscious again.

Bring about = Cause 

  • Most of the damage of the farm was brought about by the tornado. = Most of the damage of the farm was caused by the tornado.

Bring up = Mention

  • I hope he doesn’t bring up the embarrassing problem with the car again. = I hope he doesn’t mention the problem with the car again.

Bring in = Introduce

  • The council has brought in  a new system for parking spaces in the city. = The council has introduced a new system for parking spaces in the city.

Bring back = Remember

  • Visiting Italy again brought back lots of sad memories. = Visiting Italy again made me remember lots of sad memories.

Bring down = Reduce

  • The dealers have to bring down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive. = The dealers have to reduce down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive.
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