Splendid Expressions

DAY 5: COMMUNICATION

Step 1:  Learn

Question 1
Don't beat around the ......... Just tell me straight what's on your mind.
A
hedge
B
bush
C
tree
Question 1 Explanation: 
Well done! If you 'beat around the bush' you avoid talking about the main issue.
Question 2
Your brother's just phoned and asked us to keep him........ about our holiday plans. I think he wants to come with us.
A
posted
B
mailed
C
text
Question 2 Explanation: 
Well done! If you 'keep someone posted' you keep them up-to-date about something.
Question 3
I'm sorry but I don't trust Mathew. I used to work with him and he was always ........ rumours about people that simply weren't true.
A
spreading
B
telling
C
sharing
Question 3 Explanation: 
Well done! If you 'spread rumours' you tell people stories that may or may not be true.
There are 3 questions to complete.

 

Step 2: Remember

Question 1
I'm not going to ........  around the bush. That was probably the worst film I have ever seen!
A
hit
B
beat
C
smash
Question 1 Explanation: 
You remembered. Well done! The phrase is 'to beat around the bush'.
Question 2
Could you add me to your mailing list and ........  me posted about future products?
A
let
B
make
C
keep
Question 2 Explanation: 
You remembered. Well done! The phrase is 'to keep someone posted'.
Question 3
Apparently, some of the children at school have been teasing and spreading ........ about their daughter.
A
rumours
B
tales
C
stories
Question 3 Explanation: 
You remembered. Well done! The phrase is 'to spread rumours'.
There are 3 questions to complete.

 

Step 3: Personalise

  1. If you needed a big favour from a friend would you ask directly or probably beat around the bush a bit first?
  2. Are you good at keeping people posted about information or do you often forget?
  3. Do you know someone who likes to gossip and spread rumours?

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