Phrasal Verbs

It’s time to do some dancing and get down with some phrasal verbs! Phrasal verbs are short phrases, usually two words, that have a different meaning than how they translate literally. For example, to hang up the phone means to end a phone call. This is probably one of the most common phrasal verbs and it’s so important that we use the phrase hang up nearly every time we talk about a call that is ended, we don’t have another word or phrase for it! Native English speakers use them all of the time and often may not even recognize that they’re using phrasal verbs. If you don’t understand them, you may have a break down in communication. There are hundreds of phrasal verbs in English and like idioms they will need to be learned individually. They may also have multiple meanings depending on the context, so be careful! That may be intimidating, but don’t back out now. If you do, you can always come back here to try again. Practicing phrasal verbs is a great way to beef up your English if you are an advanced speaker. Even if you know most of them it’s always helpful to brush up on your skills. Can you figure out what they mean?

Phrasal Verbs

Match the phrasal verb with its definition.


Give Advice – Second Conditional Exercise

It can be very important to give advice to someone when they are unsure what to do. Maybe a friend is trying to buy a new pair of shoes but they can’t decide which pair they like more, or maybe a coworker is not sure when they should complete a project. A common way to give advice is to use the second conditional. Some examples are:

If I were you, I would not buy the red shoes because they are very ugly.”

If the boss worked on this project, he would complete this project on time.”

This is constructed by the following formula:

If + S + past simple + objects, S + would + verb + objects

Now it looks like you’re learning math and English! A common way to give advice with the second conditional is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes with the phrase, “If I were you,..”. Then describe what you would do in that situation. “If I were you, I would exercise more often.” This is like the first piece of advice above. This is a great phrase to use and it simplifies the creation of new pieces of advice because the first half is done already. But be careful! If you give too much advice people may think that you have a superiority complex, meaning you think that you are better than other people.

Below is some bad advice, finish constructing the sentences by using and conjugating the correct words.

Give Advice - Second Conditional

Complete the sentences using the words in brackets. Remember to conjugate the verb!

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel

DC and Marvel have a long and competitive history. Perhaps you prefer one over the other, but what remains clear is that Batman and Superman are still forces to be reckoned with. Should superheroes change? We think so. Change is good. It makes them endure.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| Fill in the Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel| True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full Text:

While Marvel might be ahead of DC at the box office, DC still possesses the two most iconic superhero franchises: Batman and Superman. It turns out that this can be both a blessing and a curse. The Batman, an upcoming movie starring Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame), is set to be released in March 2022.

Excitement over new films featuring these characters is often met with mixed emotions: joy on one side, angst on the other. Because Batman and Superman have been around since the 1930s, a lot of people have preconceived notions of what the characters represent, which is something that makes rebooting them difficult.

However, reshaping the characters is part of what makes them so durable. In the 1960s, Adam West starred in the campy Batman TV series. Tim Burton gave us a darker version of Batman in 1989. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was one of the best movies in DC’s history, if not in all of superhero movie history.

Superman, too, has gone through a lot of experimentation phases. In 2003, DC released “Superman: Red Son” which is an alternate history where Superman lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Still, the place that Superman and Batman occupy in pop culture creates a unique set of challenges, and opportunities as well. While it’s hard to tell whether any superhero movie can live up to the hype, it’s a safe prediction that when The Batman releases in March, it won’t suffer a lack of critics.