go through the motions
If someone goes through the motions, they do something because they have to, but without enthusiasm.
After his wife died, he tried to continue life as before, but he just went through the motions.
up to the hilt
When someone does something (up) to the hilt, they do it completely, fully or to the maximum degree.
He was involved in the conspiracy to the hilt.
just off the boat
A person who is just off the boat is naive and lacks experience.
How do you expect me to work with a trainee who's just off the boat!
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
break out- Start suddenly and spread quickly.
Rioting broke out as a result of the strike.
check in- Register at a hotel or airport.
For security reasons, you have to check in two hours before your flight.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
Practice is a noun*
For example: We need to put these ideas into practice.
Practise is a verb*
For example: To learn English well you have to practise.
*This is only the case in British English (BrE), in America (AmE) they tend to just use practice.
Note - These two words sound the same.
Often in British English you will see the noun form ends in ...ice and the verb form ends in ...ise.
scared / scary
Scared is an adjective used to describe a person or maybe an animal that is frightened or worried.
For example: "Hirantha was too scared to go white water kayaking in Sri Lanka."
Scary (scarey) is an adjective used to describe something or someone that causes fear or terror.
For example: "The horror movie was really scary."
Note - Just remember "I'm scared of scary things, but I'm not scary."
Real rock wall, real rock wall, real rock wall
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check if you could say it fast, without a slip)