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Thanks Mohsen!

Post by behnam » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:40 am

Hi Mohsen,

Thank you very much for your post. There are some nice points; motivating actually, in your post. God willing and wife allowing(Hehehehe...), about those points and the exam, I will post a post today!

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7 Tips for Peace of Mind

Post by behnam » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:48 am

Hi Friends,

How are you? I hope you are fine. I love the following article. Aside from the inclusion of some useful phrases such as "Social crises, familial crises, lack of trust, loss of respect, ..." the text is handy itself! I hope you'll like it!


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7 Tips for Peace of Mind

When you were child you had a pure mind; the mind which was free from worries and anxieties. As the time passed, you were influenced by several social, personal, familial and official crises such as financial complications, broken relationship, lack of trust, joblessness, failure in business, loss of respect and so on. When the mind is stressful, the associated germs of negativity, jealousy and pessimism add fuel to fire and hence your pure mind becomes impure.

These impurities if taken out can bring back the mental purity hence real spirit of joy of childhood can be attained up to an adequate level. Off course you cannot fix all of your problem at once but you can train your mind to develop the skills which can help either bypass or overcome the depressed and tragic situations so as to give you a big time relaxation while you focus on the solution to your problems. Below are some techniques which can be used to combat the peace stealing triggers:


Mind your own business. Yes, please mind your own business. When you start being concerned about things which are not related to you, you lose your grip on your thought process which often results in negativity disturbing the mental peace. Basically, your mind starts wandering here and there. As you know that a non-focused mind is evil's workshop hence the germs of negativity and jealousy gain more strength. So next time an unnecessary thought comes to your mind, think whether this is really something you should be worrying for? If not, shun it right away and focus on something positive, practical and fruitful.

Surround yourself in positive people. Ignore negative comments and stay away from negative souls. When someone is negative, he spreads negativity and you get affected. Permanently staying with such people will have long term impact on your character so think about your company.

Don't think about others too much. Remember the great quote: small minds discuss people; Average minds discuss events; Higher minds discuss ideas and Great minds act in silence. Don't allow your brain to compare yourself to others as this is an insult to yourself. Don't be Jealous; it's a heart killing disease, get rid of it as soon as possible. When you are jealous you focus on finding faults in others even if they don't have. This poisons your soul and steals the mental peace.

You can't keep everyone happy. Don't be over sensitive. Be natural and genuine in what you do. Be positive, constructive and ethical in your deeds and then don't really care too much about others. Be aware, don't apply this formula to too closed relations. Develop trust to establish powerful relationships.

Control your mood swings as it is an indication of unstable personality. Do it by not being over sensitive to others. Stop being reactive and implosive. Stay calm.

Ignore your thoughts about being unlucky. Bad luck happens to everyone. It's not your fault at all. Time whether good or bad, passes quickly. Develop the power of not looking back into your past. Believe in the power of Now. Believe in your skills. Work hard and have faith in God; you will get what you have been entitled for. Be patient and see what God has planned for you. Patience and consistency in your deeds is the key to success.

Simplicity in your character and living style can overcome the stress and improve your happiness index. Don't be socially sensitive and start following every single trend your social circle is following.

With these recommendations, I believe you can bring major changes in your life style hence attain back your mental peace.

All the best,
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Exam!

Post by behnam » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:34 am

Hi friends,

How are you? I hope you are fine.

As I'd promised, now I write something about the exam. The subject was 'Quantum Optics' which is one of the two mains subjects in studying Photonics. As you may know, I had to go to Tabriz University to sit for the exam, the great professor was at Tabriz University on Wednesday!

Tabriz is a really beautiful city; beautiful buildings, trees, shopping centers, etc. The weather was nice and the sky was blue. There were no clouds in the sky. The first thing you may notice when putting your feet out of the Railway Station is the colour contrast between the trees in Tehran and Tabriz. There is a big difference between the green we use to describe the colour of trees in Tehran and what it is like in Tabriz! I don't know how to put it; all I am saying is that in Tabriz, the trees were greener and brighter.

Anyway, at 10 o'clock, I was at the professor's office! After greeting, he gave me the questions and some papers. He had to attend at a meeting, so had to leave the office. When he was leaving look what I said: "Dear professor, since I've studied this subject very well, I hope to get the complete mark(20 out of 20)! In order not to be faced with accusation of cheating(using books, and similar things, since the exam was closed-book) please take my briefcase with yourself, or put it somewhere out of the reach of my hand!" The professor got shucked and said, "Come on Mr... I do trust you!"

I insisted on it and he finally took my briefcase and put it on his desk(I had another desk to sit back and to answer the questions).

Fortunately, after the professor leave, some students and another professor came to his office and waited for him! Therefore, I wasn't alone at the office. Although I was the only student-busy with questions-at the office, there were some other people at the office too!

On the question paper, there were 4 questions. Two questions were related to the discussed matters at the classroom, but two of them seemed new to me. I solved one of the new questions(Question 2). It took me about one hour to solve it. I drove the equation which was asked. It was a very nice question. I wrote 4 sheets as the answer of question 2! At 12 o'clock, the professor came to the office and said; "Mr... what's up?" I replied, "I've answered to the question 2, now I am doing question 1. By the way, thank you for making such a comprehensive question."

He surprisingly asked; 'have you solved it?" I answered; "Yes, I have." Then I gave him the sheets and he looked at them. He said; 'It seems you have studied well."

At 14:30 he came to the office and asked,; "Mr...what's up?" I answered; "I have completed two questions. I am about to finish question 3 too." He kindly said; "That's enough! You have studied very well. You don't need to answer to the question 4! Complete question 3, and let's go!". After 5 minutes, I finished question 3 and gave him the sheets. I wrote 14 sheets for answering to 3 questions!

Question 4 was easy. It was related to the discussed matters in the class.

At 15 o'clock, I was in a traditional restaurant eating broth. I love broth very much. Tabriz is famous for its broth by the way. Then I bought some souvenirs and left Tabriz-my motherland- at 19 o'clock!

By the grace of God, the exam was great. I did it very well.

All the best,
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Unanswered Questions!

Post by behnam » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:30 am

Hi Mohsen,

According to the history of Islam, Mula Ali used to talk to water wells! I am not comparable with Ali-nobody is comparable with him because in his book(Nahjolbalaghe) he has shown that he had been different from ordinary people. However, I may understand why Ali has done it. I may understand what had made him talk to the wells.

I believe the history is repetitive. The same human beings with the same desires, needs, senses, emotions, etc. were living on the Earth thousands years ago. The great change in science and technology isn't deniable, and I am not denying it. However, the technology may change the kinds of foods or the method of cooking them. It can create new recipes, but hunger or thirst is the same among human beings. Therefore, by studying the past we can understand the present and predict the future! I guess this is why people often say 'History is a big teacher!'

I don't mean to criticize people, the society and the culture. I don't mean to judge. However, I've got some unanswered questions. I am at my forties. After forty years, I still don't know the answer of some questions. In this post, I am going to mention to one of the unanswered questions in my mind.

There are thousands TV and radio stations in the world. For example, BBC(British Broadcasting Corporation) has been broadcasting programs in different languages for many years. Consider the importance of money in the materialist philosophy as a principle, the question is this: How is the BBC supported financially and why? This question can be asked in many ways. For example, how do they give salaries to some people to create some programs for Persian? What' are the benefits of it?

We don't need to be as wise as Einstein to understand the purposes of BBC and other similar stations such as VOA etc. Everybody may know the answer. However, my question turns to be this: Despite the fact that everybody may know the purposes of those stations, why do people put satellite dishes(big ears actually) on the roofs to listen to them? This is magical and mysterious!

Oh, I don't want to dig it more. I don't want to criticize people and my society. I don't want to judge, but I can safely and surely say 'the majority of people are like sheep. They are like the pieces of chess. Those stations play with them!' What is the percentage of 'sheep like people'? More than 99 percent of people in my opinion! It is amazing by the way, the percentage of the Baa Baa ees(sheep) is going up as the time passes! {-: {-: {-:

Mohsen, it is the era of talking to well. If someone doesn't talk to well, s/he falls into 'sheep like people's group'! Is that clear? I hope so! {-: :lol: {-:

Those women and men with those tattoos, make-ups, ... are in the first layer of 'sheep like' people. Those are like solders in the chess board. They are played sooner than other pieces. My question can be asked in a different way too: Who is the main king in the chess board? This is one of the unanswered questions in my mind!!!

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Clarification!

Post by behnam » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:43 am

Dear friends, some clarification and correction is needed. Women and men with those tattoos, make-up, hair styles,... are in the first layer of 'sheep like people' group. Those are like soldiers in the world's chess board. They are played(moved by chess players) earlier than other pieces. My question can be asked in a different way too: Who is the main king in the chess board and who are the main chess players in the world? This is one of the biggest secrets and an unanswered question in my mind!!!

Finally, we should ask ourselves about our roles in the world's chess board! What is my role? Am I a player? If not, which piece of chess am I? It should be kept in mind that people fall into three categories in the materialist philosophy; the players, the pieces, and neutrals. Obviously, the vast majority of people are chess pieces; mainly soldiers! That's very difficult to belong to the neutral group! Someone must be very wise to fit into this group. In conclusion, the distribution of people is something like this: More than 99 percent of people are soldiers. Some of them are other pieces. A few of them are players(the number of players is less than the number of fingers in one person's hands), and a few of them are neutral. {-:

Let's see what the greatest and wisest man in the history of Islam has said about this topic:

قال(ع):كُن فِی الفِتْنَةِ كَابْنِ اللَّبُونِ لا ظَهْرٌ فَیُرْكَبَ،وَلا ضَرْعٌ فَیُحْلَبَ
Ali said: During civil disturbance be like an adolescent camel who has neither a back strong enough for riding nor udders for milking!


Wonderful! Great! Brilliant! Full of wisdom! At that era, chess playing wasn't common in the Arab peninsular, but people could easily see different kinds of camels and their usages. Some camels were used for riding, some for milking, some others for loading, etc. An adolescent is almost useless! It is free, grazing freely in the hope that to grow up and to fall into one of the categories! :lol:

In this analogy, adolescent camels are neutral people; chess pieces are adult camels which are used either for riding or milking! The players are those few riders(owners)!

Hey, know yourself and find your role! {-: :lol: {-:

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To the love!

Post by behnam » Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:18 am

To the Love!

Let's stop sounding and speaking like philosophers for a while and talk in a different language! :lol: :lol: :lol:

My Love:

Wherever I go I see your eyes,
Your face, as a piece of mirror, is always in front of me,
Your sweet smell turns in my memories, turning like clouds in the sky,
To be with you is my great wish forever,
I need you hey fresh air,
Your breath creates life with mine,
Wherever I go I see your eyes,
I die without you!

You are the sadness of my love, you are sweet,
You are glorious, you are like a religion!,
Your root goes to the soul of genuineness,
You are the respect of a traditional old art!

Invite me! Invite me to the feast of your words,
Invite me to the feast of your honest salutation,
I am addicted to the feast of your eyes,
Invite me to the feast of your generous sight,
Invite me! Invite me to the city of your eyes,
Make me the guest of stars!

Invite me to the brightness,
Make my heart get released from the sorrow of pains,
Wherever I go I see your eyes,
Your face, as a piece of mirror, is always in front of me,
Your sweet smell turns in my memories, turning like clouds in the sky,
To be with you is my great wish forever,
I need you hey fresh air,
Your breath creates life with mine,
Wherever I go I see your eyes,
I die without you!

YOU INVITE ME TO THE CITY OF YOUR STARS!
YOU MAKE ME THE GUEST OF STARS!
YOU INVITE ME TO THE BRIGHTNESS!
YOU INVITE ME TO THE FEAST OF YOUR KIND WORDS!
YOU INVITE ME TO THE FEAST OF YOUR HONEST SALUTATION!
YOU INVITE ME TO THE FEAST OF YOUR GENEROUS SIGHT!
YOU MAKE ME GET RELEASED FROM THE GRIEF OF PAINS!

Lucky is someone who has got a goddess in the world,
By her existence, he spends moments and life,
You, the goddess of happiness, be always with me,
By you, the light of brightness will glitter in my dark night!


All the best,
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Happy Ramadan!

Post by behnam » Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:59 pm

Hi friends,

Happy Ramadan to you!

Although the daytime is long in the North Hemisphere and fasting is quite difficult, we Muslims have to fast in Ramadan. May God support us and give us sufficient strength to be able to fast in this holy month. Fasting is difficult in summers, sure, but 'no pain no gain'! If it was easy, everyone could fast. Therefore, ranking was impossible. When ranking is impossible offering rewards seems pointless.

When you are praying PLEASE remember me! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!


HAPPY RAMADAN!

All the best,
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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mohsen » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:02 pm

Hi Behnam,

It is 5.30 PM,I have no energy to write, the page in front of me is blur. Today I was in the streets in the hot weather (+ 40 °C) and now I must wait for 3 hours to drink a drop of water. Just know I want to read 20 pages of Quran ( Joz-e 3) . I like reading Quran very much, because the words in Quran came down from the almighty God through his prophet Mohammad (PBUH), So when we recite Quran ,we say some words that came out from Mohammad' mouth, this is one reason to enjoy reading Quran , another reason is that by reading Quran we forget the materialistic world and go to the heavenly world, so we get a feeling of peace in our heart. The words are miracles ,if we repeatedly read Quran ,we inter a new world .
Of course there are some terms for people , before putting the seeds in the land ,the land should prepared well. The belief to God and resurrection day,try to avoiding sins and try to be virtue and do piety … these are the terms which complete a person to enjoy reading Quran.

Happy Ramadan to you,

It is said that "The Books of Ibrahim (as) were revealed on the first night of the month of Ramadan; the Torah was revealed on the sixth of the month of Ramadan; the Gospel (Injil) was revealed on the thirteenth of the month of Ramadan; the Psalms (Zabur) were revealed on the eighteenth of the month of Ramadan, and the Holy Qur'an was revealed on the twenty-fourth of the month of Ramadan."
Have a blessing Ramadan
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Thanks Mohsen!

Post by behnam » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:29 pm

Hi Mohsen,

Today the weather was cool in Tehran. We didn't turn the air-conditioner on today! Last night, it rained in Tehran. That's why the weather was nice. I am writing these things in the evening. That's why I use the simple past to describe the weather in Tehran. More than 9o percent of the day has gone! {-:

When you are breaking your fast and reciting the holy Qur'an, please remember the people who love Ramadan and fasting but they cannot! }:

Thank you very much for the nice points about Ramadan Karim.

All the best,
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Where is Marina the great???

Post by behnam » Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:16 pm

Dear friends,

How are you? I hope all is going well with you. In this part of the world, the weather is boiling. The temperature changes between +40 and +27 degree on days and at nights respectively.

Yesterday I had a chance to chat with two old friends. I really enjoyed it. We formed friendships with each other in 2009 when were writing in 'Let's learn together' on http://WWW.English-at-home.com. We have successfully maintained our friendships for a long-time. I hope our friendships will last so long; everlasting actually. The chat brought back some happy memories of our golden days. We also remembered some old friends; Elham, Setayesh, Marina the great, Mohsen, Andrew, Veronica, Adelaida, Amal, etc.

As you may know, in the previous thread, from 2007 to 2011, we wrote more than 5000 pages. Elham; one of the gold members of the thread, did a great job and gathered all pages in four files. I have those files on my computer. I read my friends' first posts and felt nostalgic about the past! Good old days!

Where is Marina the great? This is a big question in my mind. How could she manage to forget 'Let's learn together' and the friends? Frankly speaking, how could she manage to forget me? She cannot forget me at all, because I have planted a strong tree of kindness in her heart. The tree will never get dried! However, does she come to this place anymore? I google her name at least once a week, I am always trying my best to find a sign from her. Does she do the same? But, this thread can be easily found! Therefore, she is luckier than me.

Ramadan associates her name with some unforgettable sweet memories! A human being cannot forget these memories; let alone Marina the great who was an angel! I wish her all the best in the world. I hope she is happily and healthily living under the sky! Oh, you don't know how I feel when I just imagine her living under the same sky I am doing, and seeing the same sun! Laughing&crying, about to let out my soul from my body!

Many things happened to Behnam but you didn't came back! Behnam let doctors cut his chest to have a bypass operation on his heart, you didn't ask for his welfare! How cruel you are! That's OK, but don't forget the last compromise and promise; to meet each other in Heaven!
ان شاء الله

I said I am loyal,
I am like Mount Everest,
You were going but,
I was stopping you,
I couldn't take your name out from my heart.


You went, but your photo is remained in my bed,
Your name is remained in my notebook,
The day you come back ohhhhh myyyy dearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,
On the corner of the cage, you will see only some feathers of me!

روزی که برگردی ای نازنین من
کنج قفس بی تو مشتی پرم مانده

All the best,
Behnam, 12 July, 2014

P.S. I had a chance to chat with Elham and Setayesh yesterday. I'd like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to them. Dear Elham and Setayesh, thank you!


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Fill in the blanks!(EXAM AND MARK)

Post by behnam » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:48 pm

Hi friends,

I am going to give you some expressions which are about Exam&Mark! Then, I will write some sentences with blanks. You have to use the phrases to complete the sentences. Notice, each phrase is used once!


revise for an exam - sit an exam - mark an exam - pass/fall an exam - scrape though an exam - make a mess of an exam - pass an exam with flying colours - a really stiff/hard exam -How did you do in your exam? - get a mark - lose marks - give a mark - deduct marks - your final mark - full marks - a good mark -a low mark - the top mark

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) I spent the whole weekend ..... for my final exams. I didn't go out once.
2) Do we have to ......an exam at the end of the course?
3) She's exceptionally bright and she ..... all her exams easily.
4) I almost failed the exam. I just managed to ..... through with 51%.
5) I don't know what grade I got because the teacher hasn't ..... our exam yet.
6) How did you ..... ? Badly. I failed three of them.
7) I ..... I mucked the whole thing up.
8) He ...... I think he got nearly 100%.
9) It was ...... I don't think many of us will pass.
10) I'm hoping to ..... a good mark in the exam tomorrow.
11) Please remember that marks will be ..... for bad spelling.
12) The teacher ..... the highest mark to Elham.
13) Setayesh would've got 100%, but she ..... four marks for poor hand writing.
14) He did no revision for the maths exam., but he still got a ..... mark.
15) Nobody got ..... marks in the spelling test, but I got nearly all the answers right.
16) Marina the great scored the ..... mark in the English test. She's always first in the class.
17) Project work accounts for 50% of your ..... mark for this course.
18) If you get ..... mark in the test, you'll have to take the test again.

Please fill the blanks and write your answers. This is good practice to learn collocations. I will write the complete sentences tomorrow. Good luck with practicing! {-; {-; {-;

All the best,
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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:16 pm

*******ANSWERS******ANSWERS*******ANSWERS********


1)
I spent the whole weekend revising for my final exams. I didn't go out once.
2) Do we have to sit an exam at the end of the course?
3) She's exceptionally bright and she passed all her exams easily.
4) I almost failed the exam. I just managed to scrape through with 51%.
5) I don't know what grade I got because the teacher hasn't marked our exam yet.
6) How did you do in your exam? Badly. I failed three of them.
7) I made a mess of my exam I mucked the whole thing up.
8) He passed the exam with flying colours I think he got nearly 100%.
9) It was a really stiff/hard exam I don't think many of us will pass.
10) I'm hoping to get a good mark in the exam tomorrow.
11) Please remember that marks will be deducted for bad spelling.
12) The teacher gave the highest mark to Elham.
13) She would've got 100%, but she lost four marks for poor hand writing.
14) He did no revision for the maths exam, but he still got a good mark.
15) Nobody got full marks in the spelling test, but I got nearly all the answers right.
16) Marina scored the top mark in the English test. She's always first in the class.
17) Project work accounts for 50% of your final mark for this course.
18) If you get a low mark in the test, you'll have to take the test again.

********GOODBYE******GOODBYE******GOODBYE*******

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Veronicaho » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:14 pm

Hallo, hallo, halloooo!!

Here I am ... again as always ... busy and late. But you are all of you in my heart and I will never forget you! <3 <3 <3
We have got summer here and the temperature is between 22 - 28 and I enjoy it a lot and feel much healthier. Last year has been a very heavy year for me but I see the light in front of me now. The reason for my heavy year has been because Hanna has been stalked by her old boyfriend and he has
stalked and harassed Hanna a lot and it went so long that we were forced to report him to the police. After that we have been to trial twice. He has been convicted. Now it's just one more trial and I really hope it will be in a soon future so we can go forward again. But no one can understand this situation, how it has affected Hanna in her daily life. And I have got feelings that I never thought I had. Now I understand that parents can do anything when someone harms themes children. In the same time I have finish my master degrees in leadership and development in social and he alt care.

As always I work a lot but now I have just 3 nights in front of me, then I will have holiday for 4 weeks!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Then I will sleep in the morning, do nothing ... just relax at our summer house, eat delicious food and drink some glas of wine ;)

I hope All of you will have a nice summer and maybe write some letter to me here ;)
BEHNAM!!!! When should we talk over Skype???

Many hugs from your old finish friend Veronica

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Your Answers Are Correct!

Post by behnam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:41 pm

Hi Setayesh,

Many thanks for the correct answers. Well done!

All the best,
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Thanks Veronica!

Post by behnam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:05 pm

Hi Veronica,

Thank you very much for visiting this thread. Sad to hear that Hanna has had some problems with his previous boyfriend. Actually, I knew, since you had told me while chatting on Skype. I hope it will be finished soon.

Congratulations on receiving your MS degree. It is a great success.

Seems the Sun does not distribute its lights fairly, because we have got a lot of sunlight here in Tehran that the temperature is +28 centigrade at nights and +40 centigrade on days. I wish I had something; like a very large reflector, to reflect some of the light to your country. Oh, how do you think about a research project on managing the Sun's light? Suppose you hold a coin in front of your eye. It will block your eye and then will narrow your field of view. We can block the Sun's light partially. The Earth does it when eclipsing! {-:

Please keep the contact with us. I hope to here more about you.

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Complete the Sentences(Friend)

Post by behnam » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these expressions:


make friends - become friends - remain friends - meet a friend - visit a friend - bring a friend - approve of your friends - depends on your friends - fall out with your friends - lose touch with your friends - your best friend - a close friend - a mutual friend - an old friend - a friend of from work - just good friends - your circle of friends - family and friends - a friend of a friend

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the above phrases:

1) I'm ..... a friend on mine for dinner at the Homa Hottel later today.
2) I've ..... most of my school friends.
3) She says that she and Mehrdad aren't going out. They're ......
4) Setayesh is a very sociable person. She has .....
5) In spite of the bitter argument they had, they ..... the best of friends.
6) Her parents' don't ..... her friends! They say they're a bad influence.
7) Arash was my ..... at school. We did everything together.
8) I met Ali through .....
9) Kambiz and I ..... at university.
10) In times of crisis you know you can .... your best friends.
11) Ahmad and I are ..... friends. We lived next door to each other as kids.
12) Roya managed to recover with the help of .....
13) I'm afraid Amal isn't here tonight. She is ..... friends.
14) Behnam knows a lot of people, but only one or two that he'd call ..... friends.
15) They used to be good friends, but they've ..... recently-over money!
16) Can I ..... to the party?
17) On a Saturday I usually play football with some .....
18) She is the kind of person who doesn't find it easy to .....
19) My wife and I were introduced to each other by a .....

I will write the correct answers(in case nobody does it) tomorrow!

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Post by behnam » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:02 pm

Dear friends,

Thank you for reading. Here are the answers. I hope you've practiced well and this helps you improve your English.


1) I'm meeting a friend of mine for dinner at the Homa Hottel later today.
2) I've lost touch with most of my school friends.
3) She says that she and Mehrdad aren't going out. They're just good friends.
4) Setayesh is a very sociable person. She has a wide circle of friends.
5) In spite of the bitter argument they had, they remain the best of friends.
6) Her parents' don't approve of her friends! They say they're a bad influence.
7) Arash was my best at school. We did everything together.
8) I met Ali through a friend of a friend.
9) Kambiz and I became friends at university.
10) In times of crisis you know you can depend on your best friends.
11) Ahmad and I are old friends. We lived next door to each other as kids.
12) Roya managed to recover with the help of her family and friends.
13) I'm afraid Amal isn't here tonight. She is visiting friends.
14) Behnam knows a lot of people, but only one or two that he'd call close friends.
15) They used to be good friends, but they've fallen out recently-over money!
16) Can I bring to the party?
17) On a Saturday I usually play football with some friends from work.
18) She is the kind of person who doesn't find it easy to make friends.
19) My wife and I were introduced to each other by a mutual friend.

I hope this helps!

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Great Viewers!

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:09 pm

Hi friends,

How many people view this thread at every 24 hours? Statistics show this thread is viewed 1000 times at every 24 hours! This is a great success for us, isn't it? How can we increase the number of viewers? We should motivate people to view the thread regularly, and recommend it to others. How can we motivate people? I think my new strategy; filling the blanks, which helps the English learners improve their language skills can be motivating. I hope so!

Until now, this thread has been viewed more than 290000 times. This is a big success in my opinion!

Thank you for viewing this thread.

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Fill in the blanks!(LOVE)

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:48 pm

Hi friends,

Here are some expressions about 'love':


need love - fall in love - feel love - declare your love - your love grows - send your love - a love affair - a love child - a love song - your love life - love letters - madly in love - love at first sight - no love lost between them - true love - a mother's love - undying love - unrequited love - a love-hate relationship - a great love of things - head over heals in love


Now, complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Behnam and Marina the great were obviously .....! :lol:
2) He ..... in love with one of his students, and we were married within a month.
3) He's having a love ..... at work, I hope his wife finds out and leaves him.
4) ..... is when you love someone, but they do not return your love.
5) He married her to please his parents. I don't think he ..... any love for her.
6) Wonderful Tonight is a classic love ..... written by Eric Clapton.
7) I came across some old love ..... at the back of a drawer in my bedroom.
8) My father had a great ..... music.
9) At the wedding ceremony the bride and groom ..... their love for each other.
10) The love ..... of the young prince is never out of the papers!
11) They can't take their eyes off each other. They're .....
12) Nothing can be stronger than a ..... for her child.
13) On their wedding day they pledged ..... for each other.
14) Uncle Ali ..... his love and hopes you'll feel better soon.
15) We all know that young children ..... lots of love and affection.
16) There's ..... them. They can't stand each other.
17) A ..... is when feelings frequently change from love to hate.
18) When I saw her across the room, it was .....
19) It's no secret that e fathered a ..... with a young actress some years ago.
20) We're still very much in love. In fact, our love has ..... stronger over the years.
21) Love is strange, and ..... is strange but true.


I will post the answers tomorrow(In case nobody answers)!

Good luck with practicing.

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Post by behnam » Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:06 pm

1) Behnam and Marina the great were obviously head over heels in love! :lol:
2) He fell in love with one of his students, and we were married within a month.
3) He's having a love affair at work, I hope his wife finds out and leaves him.
4) 'Unrequited love' is when you love someone, but they do not return your love.
5) He married her to please his parents. I don't think he feels any love for her.
6) Wonderful Tonight is a classic love song written by Eric Clapton.
7) I came across some old love letters at the back of a drawer in my bedroom.
8) My father had a great love of music.
9) At the wedding ceremony the bride and groom declared their love for each other.
10) The love life of the young prince is never out of the papers!
11) They can't take their eyes off each other. They're madly in love.
12) Nothing can be stronger than a mother's love for her child.
13) On their wedding day they pledged undying love for each other.
14) Uncle Ali sends his love and hopes you'll feel better soon.
15) We all know that young children need lots of love and affection.
16) There's no love lost between them. They can't stand each other.
17) A 'love-hate friendship' is when feelings frequently change from love to hate.
18) When I saw her across the room, it was love at first sight.
19) It's no secret that he fathered a love child with a young actress some years ago.
20) We're still very much in love. In fact, our love has grown stronger over the years.
21) Love is strange, and true love is strange but true.

Thank you for practicing. Next practice will be about respect. It will come tomorrow! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Fill in the blanks!(RESPECT)

Post by behnam » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:31 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these expressions:


with all due respect - show respect - gain respect - have respect - lose respect - treat with respect - the greatest respect - grudging respect - a healthy respect - a mutual respect - lack of respect - a lot of respect - a mark of respect - out of respect

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions

1) As a manager he's a disaster because he doesn't ..... of his staff. If the company wants to success, they will need to replace him.
2) It's important that new teachers gain the respect of their students. The job becomes impossible if you ..... of the class.
3) The driver shouldn't have shouted at the old lady in that way. Everyone has a right to be .....
4) I think young people today need to ..... to the older generation. Offering your seat on a bus to an old person is just one example.
5) The prime Minister ..... of many leaders all around the world for his attempts to prevent war between A and B!
6) The new player is not liked, but he's very talented and so he's won ..... of the team.
7) A successful marriage is based not only on love but also on ..... for each other.
8) Although I don't agree with his theories, I have ..... for his ideas.
9) Don't worry, I know what my opponent is I have ..... for his abilities.
10) No alcohol was served at the dinner, ..... for Muslim customs.
11) A minute's silence was observed as a .... for the victims of the disaster.
12) Many of these young men are out of control. They show a complete ..... for authority.
13) I've got ..... for my gran. She lost her husband when she was young and still managed to give her family a decent upbringing.
14) Sir, ....., I think that you are wrong.

Many useful and nice sentences are used in this post. I hope you'll enjoy reading them and seeing the beautiful structures we use in everyday life.

Good luck with practicing.

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Ali!

Post by behnam » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:41 pm


علی ای همای رحمت تو چه آیتی خدا را / که به ماسوا فکندی همه سایه هما را

دل اگر خداشناسی همه در رخ علی بین / به علی شناختم من به خدا قسم خدا را

به خدا که در دو عالم اثر از فنا نماند / چو علی گرفته باشد سر چشمه بقا را

مگر ای سحاب رحمت تو بباری ارنه دوزخ / به شرار قهر سوزد همه جان ماسوا را

برو ای گدای مسکین در خانه علی زن / که نگین پادشاهی دهد از کرم گدا را

به جز از علی که گوید به پسر که قاتل من / چو اسیر تست اکنون به اسیر کن مدارا

به جز از علی که آرد پسری ابوالعجائب / که علم کند به عالم شهدای کربلا را

چو به دوست عهد بندد ز میان پاکبازان / چو علی که میتواند که بسر برد وفا را

نه خدا توانمش خواند نه بشر توانمش گفت / متحیرم چه نامم شه ملک لافتی را

بدو چشم خون فشانم هله ای نسیم رحمت / که ز کوی او غباری به من آر توتیا را

به امید آن که شاید برسد به خاک پایت / چه پیامها سپردم همه سوز دل صبا را

چو تویی قضای گردان به دعای مستمندان / که ز جان ما بگردان ره آفت قضا را

چه زنم چونای هردم ز نوای شوق او دم / که لسان غیب خوشتر بنوازد این نوا را

«همه شب در این امیدم که نسیم صبحگاهی / به پیام آشنائی بنوازد آشنا را»

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Post by Elham » Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:25 pm

Hi dear Behnam,
Today I'm going to complete the sentences. I hope I'll choose the right expressions!


1) As a manager he's a disaster because he doesn't gain respect of his staff. If the company wants to success, they will need to replace him.

2) It's important that new teachers gain the respect of their students. The job becomes impossible if you lose respect of the class.

3) The driver shouldn't have shouted at the old lady in that way. Everyone has a right to betreated with respect

4) I think young people today need toshow respect to the older generation. Offering your seat on a bus to an old person is just one example.

5) The prime Minister have respect of many leaders all around the world for his attempts to prevent war between A and B!

6) The new player is not liked, but he's very talented and so he's won grudging respect of the team.

7) A successful marriage is based not only on love but also on a mutual respect for each other.

8) Although I don't agree with his theories, I have a lot of respect for his ideas.

9) Don't worry, I know what my opponent is I havea healthy respect for his abilities.

10) No alcohol was served at the dinner,showing respect for Muslim customs.

11) A minute's silence was observed asa mark of respect for the victims of the disaster.

12) Many of these young men are out of control. They show a complete lack of respect for authority.

13) I've got the greatest respectfor my gran. She lost her husband when she was young and still managed to give her family a decent upbringing.

14) Sir,with all due respect, I think that you are wrong.

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Welcome Dear Elham!

Post by behnam » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:49 pm

Look who is here! I don't believe my eyes! Welcome dear Elham! Long time no see. I'd missed you, your posts and the colour of your font! You made me happy. Thank you very much indeed.

Thank you once again for answering to the questions. That is very kind of you. Your answers are correct.


1) have the respect of
2) lose the respect of
3) to be treated with respect
4) to show more respect to
5) has gained the respect of
6) the grudging respect of
7) on a mutual respect for each other
8) have the greatest respect for
9) have a healthy respect for
10) out of respect for
11) as a mark of respect
12) a complete lack of respect
13) a lot of respect for
14) with all due respect

I just wrote the answers with some extra words to make it easy for friends to use.

Thank you Elham for your attention and care to your own thread.

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Fill in the blanks!(FEELING)

Post by behnam » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:53 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these expressions:


to show your feelings
- to suppress your feelings - to control your feelings - to hide your feelings - to hurt your feelings - a bad feeling - a sinking feeling - true feelings - mixed feelings - the feeling is mutual - a feeling of apprehension - a feeling of dissatisfaction - a feeling of loneliness - a feeling of guilt - a feeling of we-being - express your feelings - put your feelings into words

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of above expressions.

1) I'm sorry if I upset you. I didn't really mean .....
2) She's not afraid .....
3) You can't ..... from me. I've known you far too long.
4) It's unhealthy ...... So don't be afraid to cry!
5) Young children find it difficult ...... This is something they learn to do later in life.
6) It was better to lie rather than let everybody know my ......
7) His parents had .....about all the changes
8) I had that ..... in the pit of my stomach. I knew that something terrible had happened.
9) Her careless remarks have caused a lot of ..... in the community.
10) Behnam loves his friends, and ...... They miss each other.
11) Parents can experience deep ..... if their children fail in life.
12) People who do Yoga benefit from increased ......
13) I remember the horrible ...... as I waited for my examination results.
14) There is a strong ..... with the way the manager is running the factory.
15) When my parents left me at boarding school for the first time, I remember being overwhelmed by a deep ......
16) At times, I have difficulty .....
17) She's a woman of few words. She ..... [through her paintings.


As you can see, the sentences are rich in terms of grammar, structure and collocation. I hope you enjoy reading them. Good luck with practicing.

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Post by Elham » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:49 pm

1) I'm sorry if I upset you. I didn't really mean to hurt your feelings

2) She's not afraidof expressing her feelings.

3) You can't hide your feelings from me. I've known you far too long.

4) It's unhealthy to suppress your feelings So don't be afraid to cry!

5) Young children find it difficult to control their feelings This is something they learn to do later in life.

6) It was better to lie rather than let everybody know my true feelings

7) His parents had mixed feelingsabout all the changes

8) I had that sinking feelingin the pit of my stomach. I knew that something terrible had happened.

9) Her careless remarks have caused a lot of bad feelings in the community.

10) Behnam loves his friends, and the feeling is mutual. They miss each other.

11) Parents can experience deep feeling of guilt if their children fail in life.

12) People who do Yoga benefit from increased feeling of well-being

13) I remember the horrible feeling of apprehension as I waited for my examination results.

14) There is a strong feeling of dissatisfactionwith the way the manager is running the factory.

15) When my parents left me at boarding school for the first time, I remember being overwhelmed by a deep feeling of loneliness.

16) At times, I have difficulty putting my feelings into words.

17) She's a woman of few words. She shows her feelings through her paintings.

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Your Answers Are Correct!

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Hi Elham,

Many thanks for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct.

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Fill in the blanks!(MOOD)

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:58 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:


your mood changes - in one of her moods - depends on your mood - affect your mood - lighten/lift your mood - in a bad mood - in a good mood - in confident mood - a defiant mood - a festive mood - a lazy mood - creates a good mood - a mood of optimism - get into the holiday mood - the mood of the crowd - the mood of the occasion - reflects the mood of the time - be in no mood for something/to do something - be/feel in the mood for something - put someone in an excellent mood

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Why has her ........ so dramatically? What it something I said or did?
2) A phone call from a friend did nothing to ........ I still left down.
3) I really do believe that a full moon can ........ your mood.
4) I've no favourite type of music. What I listen to .........
5) The players are ........ and expect to win today's game quite easily.
6) Why are you in such a ........? You've been rude to people all day!
7) The workers are ........, and are refusing to accept the new pay deal.
8) I don't feel lie doing anything today. I'm in a bit of a .........
9) At Christmas everybody was in ........, buying presents and cards.
10) Her dad is usually very grumpy, but this morning he woke up in ........!
11) Nelson Mandela's election as president created ........ in South Africa.
12) The film accurately .........
13) ......... turned nasty and people started throwing stones at the police.
14) There was ........ after the team's tenth defeat in a row.
15) I wouldn't try to discuss the matter with him just now. He's ........ talking.
16) I'm ........ playing tennis. Let's go to the club.
17) The good weather ........ for breakfast.
18) Don't talk to her. She's .........
19) Remember, good news .........
20) It usually takes me a couple of days to .........

Good luck with practicing.

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Post by Elham » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:39 pm

Hi dear Behnam,

I tried to complete the sentences. hope they are right.

1) Why has her mood changed so dramatically? What it something I said or did?

2) A phone call from a friend did nothing to lighten my mood. I still left down.

3) I really do believe that a full moon can affect your mood.

4) I've no favourite type of music. What I listen to depends on my mood.

5) The players are inconflict mood and expect to win today's game quite easily.

6) Why are you in such a bad mood? You've been rude to people all day!

7) The workers arein a defiant mood, and are refusing to accept the new pay deal.

8) I don't feel lie doing anything today. I'm in a bit of a lazy mood.

9) At Christmas everybody was in a festive mood , buying presents and cards.

10) Her dad is usually very grumpy, but this morning he woke up inin a good mood!

11) Nelson Mandela's election as president created a mood of optimism in South Africa.

12) The film accurately reflects the mood of the time
13)The mood of the crowd turned nasty and people started throwing stones at the police.

14) There was 14) a mood of despair after the team's tenth defeat in a row.

15) I wouldn't try to discuss the matter with him just now. He'sin no mood for talking.

16) I'min the mood for playing tennis. Let's go to the club.

17) The good weather put us in excellent mood for breakfast.

18) Don't talk to her. She'sin one of her moods.

19) Remember, good news create a good mood

20) It usually takes me a couple of days to get into the holiday mood.

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Thanks Elham!

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:46 pm

Hi Elham,

Many thanks for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct. I hope our friends will enjoy those useful sentences.

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Fill in the blanks!(Happiness and Pleasure)

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:35 pm

Hi friends,

Consider the following collocations:


bring happiness - to take great pleasure in doing something - physical pleasure - find happiness - with you happiness - a guarantee of future happiness - to have the pleasure of doing something - the key to true happiness - the pursuit of happiness - be a pleasure - give pleasure - get pleasure - read for pleasure - enjoying the pleasures - true happiness - combine business with pleasure - endless pleasure - great pleasure - few pleasures - simple pleasure - an unexpected pleasure

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) After two failed marriages, he seems to have ........ with his third wife.
2) I'd like to take this opportunity to ........ for the future.
3) people think that money ........ happiness. That's why they buy lottery tickets.
4) I've spent my life trying to find ........ and peace of mind.
5) Basic human rights are the right to life, liberty, and .........
6) I think living together before you get married is no .........
7) Lots of people ........ from painting in water colours.
8) Few things in this world ........ than a long hot bath.
9) The trip to Tabriz will enable me to .........
10) It certainly ........ to hear from you after all these years.
11) I don't get to ........ anymore.
12) After the operation she was able to enjoy ........ like walking again.
13) I can't give up smoking-it's one of the ........ I have left in life.
14) Well, fancy meeting you here! This is........!
15) Children find ........ in playing with simple things like water.
16) His music has given ........ to many people over the years.
17) I shall ........ telling everyone the truth.
18) May I ........ seeing you again?
19) Slowly but surely, we can help them reach out and start ........ of playing with a friend.
20) This will help us not to confuse ........ with ........ or the spiritual reality of joy.

I wish you lasting happiness and real pleasure. Good luck with practicing.

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Fluency!

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:35 pm

Key words for fluency


Fluency is the ability to speak naturally, listen efficiently, read quickly, and write well. What does this mean?


1) Speaking naturally means NOT making everything up one word at time, but speaking in whole expressions at normal speed.

2) Listening efficiently means understanding people at the speed at which they speak. This means that when you hear the first word of an expression or the first few words of a sentence, you know how it is going to end.

3) Reading quickly means that your eye is ahead of your brain! You are able to predict what author has written.

4) Good writing is writing which expresses exactly what you want to say in natural ways which the reader will immediately understand.

All those skills depend on having a large store of words and expressions which you don't need to think about or construct every time you use English. The more collocations you know, the less you need to think! And the more fluent your English becomes.

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Post by behnam » Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:49 am

Hi friends,


1) After two failed marriages, he seems to have found happiness with his third wife.
2) I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you happiness for the future.
3) people think that money brings happiness . That's why they buy lottery tickets.
4) I've spent my life trying to find the key to true happiness and peace of mind.
5) Basic human rights are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
6) I think living together before you get married is no a guarantee of future happiness.
7) Lots of people get great pleasure from painting in water colours.
8) Few things in this world give me more happiness than a long hot bath.
9) The trip to Tabriz will enable me to mix/combine business with pleasure.
10) It certainly is a real pleasure to hear from you after all these years.
11) I don't get to read for pleasure anymore.
12) After the operation she was able to enjoy simple pleasures like walking again.
13) I can't give up smoking-it's one of the few pleasures I have left in life.
14) Well, fancy meeting you here! This is an unexpected pleasure!
15) Children find endless pleasure in playing with simple things like water.
16) His music has given great pleasure to many people over the years.
17) I shall take great pleasure in telling everyone the truth.
18) May I have the pleasure of seeing you again?
19) Slowly but surely, we can help them reach out and start enjoying the pleasures of playing with a friend.
20) This will help us not to confuse physical pleasure with true happiness or the spiritual reality of joy.

I wish you lasting happiness and real pleasure. Thank you for reading.

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Fill in the blanks!(Anger)

Post by behnam » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:31 am

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:


arouse anger - to express your anger - control your anger - feel anger towards someone - your anger subsides - a moment of anger - an outburst of anger - a surge of anger - shake your fist in anger - raise your voice in anger - stamp your feet in anger - your eyes blaze with anger - take your anger - show your anger - direct your anger - to express their anger

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to .......... over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't .......... and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque .......... throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still .........., who left home when I was 3.
5)I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a ...........
6) I felt a sudden .......... welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic .......... from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and ...........
9) From behind the door I could hear ...........
10) He looked straight at me and his dark ...........
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he ...........
12) Psychologists say that it is better .......... rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't .......... out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not .......... on to people who are only trying to help us.
15) I felt guilty that I .......... and frustration.

Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:43 pm

Hi friends,

I'm putting the answers based on my knowledge, I'm not sure about some of them but I hope they will be correct. I would be very happy if you kindly correct any mistakes that I've made.


1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to show their anger over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't control his anger and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque aroused anger throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still feel anger towards, who left home when I was 3.
5)I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a surge of anger.
6) I felt a sudden moment of anger welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic an outburst of anger from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and shook his fist in anger.
9) From behind the door I could hear your anger subsides .
10) He looked straight at me and his dark eyes blazed with anger.
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he stamps his feet in anger.
12) Psychologists say that it is better to express your anger rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't take your anger out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not direct our anger on to people who are only trying to help us.
15) I felt guilty that I raised my voice in anger and frustration.


All the best
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PS. I'm not sure about number14 :-(

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by [amal] » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:33 pm

آن را به من می دهد لذت بزرگ را به شما و خانواده سنگ پر برکت عید فطر را تبریک می گویم. به ما و خدا شما خوب، یمن و برکت

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Your Answers Are Correct!

Post by behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:08 pm

Hi Seti,

Thank you very much for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct, but I've got some other suggestions, since some answers are replaceable. For example, 'to show your anger' can be replaced by 'to express your anger' in many cases. However, 'to express something' means to tell or show what you are feeling or thinking by using words, looks, or actions, whereas 'to show something' means to let someone see something. There are slightly different.

In order to practise(actually, when I am writing a sentence, I am practising English skills.) using those collocations, I am rewriting the sentences.


1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to express their anger over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't control his anger and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque has aroused throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still feel a lot of anger towards my father, who left home when I was 3.
5) I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a moment of anger.
6) I felt a sudden surge of anger welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic outburst of anger from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and shook his fist in anger.
9) From behind the door I could hear voices raised in anger.
10) He looked straight at me and his dark eyes blazed with anger.
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he stamps his feet in anger.
12) Psychologists say that it is better to express your anger rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't take your anger out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not direct our anger and frustration on to people who are only trying to help us
15) I felt guilty that I had shown my anger and frustration.

Thank you for reading.

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Happy Eid ul-Fitr!

Post by behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:22 pm

Hi Amal,

You made me say WOW! Thank you very much for posting something after ages. I'd missed you and your posts. It is very kind of you to write something in Farsi. Thank you very much indeed. By the way, I'd like to take this opportunity and say a warm '
Happy Eid ul-Fitr' to you and to your family.

اتهنئه بعید الفطر! أتمنّی لک و لاهلک أیّام عید سعیدهً! أتمنّی لک حظاً سعیداً، وقتاً طیباً و نجاحً کبیراً

Happy Eid ul-Fitr to all Muslims!

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Fill in the blanks!(WORRY)

Post by behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:17 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



cause/give worry - discuss your worries - forget your worries - add to your worries - a nagging worry - the main worry - unnecessary worry - a constant worry - sick with worry - a constant source of worry - the least of my worries - my only worry - have no worries - financial worries - got enough to worry about - what worries me is .../the (only) thing that worries me is ... - to express your worry

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) They may become more able .......... and anger in positive, rather than maladaptive, ways.
2) Don't tell Mum about this - she's ...........
3) I’d love to be able to lie back and just .......... for a little while.
4) His father’s strange behavior is .......... him considering worry.
5) It’s important that children can .......... with their parents.
6) There will always be .......... at the back of my mind that if I’d acted sooner, the problem would not have arisen.
7) I’ve got money problems, but when I lost my job, it only ...........
8) Why didn’t you ring and say you’d be late? You’ve caused us a lot of ...........
9) My .......... is that in his present state of mind, he’ll do something stupid.
10) I think it was the .......... of the business that drove him to resign.
11) Where on earth have you been? We’ve been ...........
12) Money is ........... I worry about my credit card all the time.
13) .......... is that I won’t find a job when I get there.
14) What they think of me is ........... I have got more important things to worry about.
15) We .......... his ability to do the course. It’s his poor attendance that’s a problem.
16) My .......... have cost me many sleepless nights.
17) .......... the food. I don't want to get food poisoning.


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Post by Mohsen » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Hey Drunks, know the value of the last cup

Cupbearer close the tavern tonight

Tell the guests that the feast reaches the end

Drank or not drank you have to leave this house


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:48 am

Hi Behnam,

Thanks a lot for your great explanation about the those little differences. I really really enjoyed reading your post and learning through it. I'm posting my answers to the new sentences.


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1) They may become more able to express their worries and anger in positive, rather than maladaptive, ways.
2) Don't tell Mum about this - she's got enough to worry about.
3) I’d love to be able to lie back and just forget my worries for a little while.
4) His father’s strange behavior is causing/giving him considering worry.
5) It’s important that children can discuss their worries with their parents.
6) There will always be a nagging worry at the back of my mind that if I’d acted sooner, the problem would not have arisen.
7) I’ve got money problems, but when I lost my job, it only added to my worries.
8) Why didn’t you ring and say you’d be late? You’ve caused us a lot of unnecessary worries.
9) My main worry is that in his present state of mind, he’ll do something stupid.
10) I think it was the constant worry of the business that drove him to resign.
11) Where on earth have you been? We’ve been sick with worry.
12) Money is my only worry. I worry about my credit card all the time.
13) a constant source of worry is that I won’t find a job when I get there.
14) What they think of me is the least of my worries. I have got more important things to worry about.
15) We have no worry about his ability to do the course. It’s his poor attendance that’s a problem.
16) My financial worries have cost me many sleepless nights.
17) what worries me is /the (only) thing that worries me is the food. I don't want to get food poisoning.



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Your Answers Are Correct!

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:52 am

Hi Setayesh,

Happy Eid Ul-Fitr to you and to your great family. So many thanks for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct. I hope to read more posts from you.

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I'd missed you Mohsen!

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:58 am

Hi Mohsen,

Where are you man? I'd missed you and your posts. Thank you for posting. Happy Eid Ul-Fitr to you and to your family too. I wish you all the best in the world. Please don't leave us alone. Join us in practising English. I've using an effective method for practising collocations. What is your idea about this method?

I hope to read more from you.

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Fill in the blanks!(Fear and Anxiety)

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:47 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



hopes and fears - put the fear of God into somebody - bring anxiety - have a terrible fear - confront your fear - overcome your fear - show fear - live in fear - a constant fear - have a deep fear - an irrational fear - a sudden fear - your worst fear - cause anxiety - hide your anxiety - to reduce your anxiety - increase your anxiety - an effect of anxiety - a level of anxiety - a sign of anxiety - live in a constant fear

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) You have to .......... in order to conquer it.
2) .......... is generally seen as a sign of weakness.
3) I .......... of heights. I avoid tall building whenever I can.
4) Many old people .......... of being attacked and never go out at night.
5) Our daughter has .......... of the dark and she can now sleep with the light off.
6) My wife has .......... of all dogs-which she can't explain.
7) Since the publication of his controversial book, the author .......... of assassination.
8) .......... gripped me as I entered the meeting.
9) The news that the factory was to close confirmed everyone's ...........
10) Many old people .......... of being abandoned by their families.
11) She tried to .......... from me, but I could tell from her voice.
12) I regret any anxiety I may .......... you. Please forgive me.
13) The smile on the air steward's face did nothing ...........
14) Thanks, but you've only .......... by reminding me about the speech I have to give next week.
15) At the dentist's, it is not uncommon to epperience high ...........
16) People with stressful jobs often experience the destructive ...........
17) During the examination period, many children show ...........
18) What .......... do you have for the future?
19) The government tries to .......... people who don't pay enough tax.
20) there is the additional concern that it may .......... than help.

Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.



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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:19 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these tenses:


Present simple - Present continuous - Future simple (will + V.) - Going to - Future continuous ( Will + be + V. + ing) - Future perfect simple (Will + have +Past participle) - Future perfect continuous (Will + have +been + V. + ing)

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of verbs in brackets by the above tenses. More than one answer can be correct :


1) By the time I’m 20, I………..(study) English for 10 years.
2) This time next week I ………(sit) on a plane to New York.
3) Will you……(see) David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
4) Have you got any plans for when you leave school? -Yes I……..(take) a gap year. I’ve applied for a job in Kenya.
5) What time ……..(meet) Liam this evening? “At eight outside the Town hall.”
6) Can’t you take Saturday off? By then you’ll…………(work) for ten days without a break.
7) Don’t ring at 8 o’clock. I………(watch) Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
8) In 5 years time I………..(finish) university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last.
9) The train to London ………….(leave) at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock.
10) As soon as I save enough money ,………..(buy) you a laptop.
11) By the time we got to the party, most people ………(go)home.
12) Louis won’t be at school tomorrow because …………..(take part) in a swimming tournament.
13) By the time she leaves music school, she …………(study)for12 years.


Good luck


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Thanks Setayesh!

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:19 pm

Hi friends,

Since grammar is important in every language, as English learners, we have to learn English grammar. As you see, I am busy with setting questions for practising collocations. I asked Setayesh to participate in setting questions for practising English grammar. She kindly accepted my request and posted her first questions that concern future tenses. Thank you very much Setayesh.

I hope you will enjoy spending some time on practising English skills in this thread. I'd appreciate it if you could join us in setting questions or answering to them.

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I've lost my grammar!

Post by behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:40 pm

Hi Setayesh,

Thank you very much for your wonderful questions. I am hopeless at grammar. I am terrible at memorizing grammatical points. That's why I often learn English grammar through focusing on the meaning of sentences and their grammatical structures. In many cases, I am wrong, but in some cases it works. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I use my strategy to answer your grammatical sentences. I am not sure about the answers. I just have a try. Please correct my mistakes.



1) By the time I'm 20, I will have been studying English for 10 years.
2) This time next week I will be sitting on a plane to New York.
3) Will you see David this evening? "No, I won't have time".
4) Have you got any plans for when you leave school? Yes I'm going to take a gap year. I've applied for a job in Kenya.
5) What time are you meeting Liam this evening? "At eight outside the Town hall".
6) Can't you take Saturday off? By then you'll have been working for ten days without a break.
7) Don't ring at 8 o'clock. I will be watching/I am watching 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.
8) In 5 years time I will finish university and I'll be able to earn some money at last.
9) The train to London is leaving/will be leaving at 6.13, so let's meet at the station at 6 o'clock.
10) As soon as I save enough money, I am going to buy you a laptop.
11) By the time we got to the party, most people will have gone home.
12) Louis won't be at school tomorrow because he is taking part/will be taking part in a swimming tournament.
13) By the time she leaves music school, she will have been studying for12 years.

Dear Setayesh, please correct me If I am wrong. By the way, please give your reason(mention to the grammatical rules) in case you correct me. Thank you in advance!

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:18 am

Hi Behnam,
Thank you very much for answering to the questions. Your answers are correct but as you asked me to mention the grammatical points if needed I just rewrite some of them with some explanations.



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3)Will you……(see) David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
The answer can be in 2 forms:

-Will you see David this evening? "No, I won't have time"
-Will you be seeing David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
(we can use future continuous to ask polite and less direct question about somebody’s plans)

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7)Don’t ring at 8 o’clock. I………(watch) Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Don't ring at 8 o'clock. I will be watching/I am watching 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. ( it’s much better to use will be watching because by this structure you talk about an action that will be in progress at specific point in the future e.g exactly at 8 O’clock as mentioned in above sentence )

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8) In 5 years time I………..(finish) university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last.
In 5 years time I will have finished university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last. (because we are talking about a complete action or event in the future .)

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9) The train to London ………….(leave) at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock.
The train to London leaves at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock. (To talk about things that are due to happen as part of a schedule present simple is preferred to use)

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10) As soon as I save enough money ,………..(buy) you a laptop.
As soon as I save enough money, I’ll buy you a laptop.
(As soon as works like IF in this sentence and it’s much better to use future simple here)

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I hope it would be useful for all.
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Post by setayesh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:01 pm

Hi Behnam,

Here are the answers, I hope they will true.


1) You have to confront your fear in order to conquer it.
2) showing fear is generally seen as a sign of weakness.
3) I have a terrible fear of heights. I avoid tall building whenever I can.
4) Many old people have a deep fear of being attacked and never go out at night.
5) Our daughter has a constant fear of the dark and she can now sleep with the light off.
6) My wife has an irrational fear of all dogs-which she can't explain.
7) Since the publication of his controversial book, the author lives in a constant fear of assassination.
8) A sudden fear gripped me as I entered the meeting.
9) The news that the factory was to close confirmed everyone's worst fear .
10) Many old people live in fear of being abandoned by their families.
11) She tried to hide her anxiety from me, but I could tell from her voice.
12) I regret any anxiety I may cause you. Please forgive me.
13)The smile on the air steward's face did nothing to overcome his frear .
14) Thanks, but you've only . brought anxiety by reminding me about the speech I have to give next week.
15) At the dentist's, it is not uncommon to experience high level of anxiety .
16) People with stressful jobs often experience the destructive effect of anxiety .
17) During the examination period, many children show signs of anxiety .
18) What hopes and fears do you have for the future?
19) The government tries to put the fear of God into people who don't pay enough tax.
20) there is the additional concern that it may increase your anxiety than help.

Thank you for reading



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Fill in the blanks!(Confidence)

Post by behnam » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



to gain confidence - to have confidence - to lack confidence - to lose confidence - to boost your confidence - to destroy your confidence - an air of confidence - a lack of confidence - a boost to your confidence - a blow to your confidence - undermine your confidence - confidence is baddy shaken - confidence takes a knock - to have absolute confidence in something - to predict with total confidence - full of confidence - your confidence deserts you

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) If you have an accident, it is important that you get back in a car as soon as possible. So that you .......... in your ability to drive.
2) He used to be shy but he .......... since going to school.
3) Our teacher tried .......... by telling us we'd all pass the exam.
4) He ........... I've never known anyone so unsure of himself.
5) The car accident seems ...........
6) I like someone, but I .......... to go up to her and ask her out!
7) She suffers from .......... I blame it on her sheltered upbringing.
8) Failing the exam was a severe ........... I thought I'd pass easily.
9) There is .......... about Tiger Woods at the moment. He is so .......... that I can't see anybody beating him.
10) After 3 defeats in a row, the team's ...........
11) His .......... with that bad review of his book.
12) Self-doubt can only ........... Try to believe in yourself.
13) When I saw the questions in the exam paper, ...........
14) No one can .......... what will happen in the future.
15) For peace of mind, a sick person needs .......... their doctor.
16) My manager's encouraging comments were .......... to my self-confidence.


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:00 pm

Hi friends,

Thoday’s grammar point is “Question tag” let’s complete the blankets with appropriate questions.



1) She's Italian, …….?
2) They live in London, …….. ?
3) We're working tomorrow, …….. ?
4) It was cold yesterday, …….. ?
5) He went to the party last night ……..?
6) We were waiting at the station, …… ?
7) They've been to Japan , …….. ?
8) She's been studying a lot recently, …….?
9) He had forgotten his wallet, ……. ?
10) We'd been working, ……... ?
11) She'll come at six, ………. ?
12) They'll be arriving soon, ……… ?
13) They'll have finished before nine, …….. ?
14) She'll have been cooking all day, ……… ?
15) He can help, ……. ?
16) John must stay, ………. ?
17) We aren't late, …… ?
18) She doesn't have any children, ………. ?
19) The bus isn't coming, ………. ?
20) They didn't go out last Sunday, …… ?
21) You weren't sleeping, ………. ?
22) He hasn't been running in this weather, ………. ?
23) We hadn't been to London before, …… ?
24) They won't be late, ………. ?
25) She can't speak Arabic , ………. ?
26) Don’t make any nise, …… ?
27) let’s sit in the garden, ………. ?



Enjoy practicing.



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Tag Questions(Answers)

Post by behnam » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:07 pm

Hi Setayesh,

Many thanks for your useful posts. I am going to post my answers. Please feel free to correct me in case I am wrong. Thank you very much.


1) She's Italian, isn't she?
2) They live in London, don't they?
3) We're working tomorrow, aren't we?
4) It was cold yesterday, wasn't it?
5) He went to the party last night didn't he?
6) We were waiting at the station, weren't we?
7) They've been to Japan, haven't they?
8) She's been studying a lot recently, hasn't she?
9) He had forgotten his wallet, hadn't he?
10) We'd been working, wouldn't we?
11) She'll come at six, won't she?
12) They'll be arriving soon, won't they?
13) They'll have finished before nine, won't they?
14) She'll have been cooking all day, won't she?
15) He can help, can't he?
16) John must stay, mustn't he?
17) We aren't late, are we?
18) She doesn't have any children, does she?
19) The bus isn't coming, is it?
20) They didn't go out last Sunday, did they?
21) You weren't sleeping, were you?
22) He hasn't been running in this weather, has he?
23) We hadn't been to London before, had we?
24) They won't be late, will they?
25) She can't speak Arabic can she?
26) Don’t make any noise, will you?
27) let’s sit in the garden, shall we?

Thank you for correcting my answered. I am waiting for your correction.


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Post by setayesh » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:01 pm

Hi Behnam,

How are you my dear friend? thanks for answering to the grammar questions. I think all your answers are true. It's 1.15 a.m now and I'm sleepy but I like to answer to the collocations before going to bed. it's better to say, that I'm unsure about some of them since half of them were new to me, I just guessed the answers :prof: :roll: :



1) If you have an accident, it is important that you get back in a car as soon as possible. So that you don’t lose confidence in your ability to drive.
2) He used to be shy but he has gained confidence since going to school.
3) Our teacher tried to boost our confidence by telling us we'd all pass the exam.
4) He has confidence. I've never known anyone so unsure of himself.
5) The car accident seems to destroy his confidence.
6) I like someone, but I lack confidence to go up to her and ask her out!
7) She suffers from a lack of confidence I blame it on her sheltered upbringing.
8) Failing the exam was a severe blow to my confidence. I thought I'd pass easily.
9) There is an air of confidence about Tiger Woods at the moment. He is so full of confidence that I can't see anybody beating him.
10) After 3 defeats in a row, the team's confidence takes a knock.
11) His confidence is baddy shaken with that bad review of his book.
12) Self-doubt can only undermine your confidence Try to believe in yourself.
13) When I saw the questions in the exam paper, my confidence deserted me.
14) No one can predict with total confidence what will happen in the future.
15) For peace of mind, a sick person needs having absolute confidence in their doctor.
16) My manager's encouraging comments were a boost to my self-confidence.


thanks for your correction in advance.


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Fill in the blanks!(Disappointment and relief)

Post by behnam » Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:04 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



to avoid disappointment - such a relief - to be a bitter disappointment - to end in disappointment - to express disappointment - to hide your disappointment - to get over a disappointment - a sense of disappointment - a look of disappointment - a string of disappointment - to feel relief - to sigh with relief - to come as a relief - to breathe a sigh of relief - to let out/heave/gave a sigh of relief.

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) No one was hurt, and we all ...........
2) The prime Minister .......... at the lack of progress in the talks.
3) It's a very popular restaurant, so book early ...........
4) I found it difficult ..........at not being picked for the team.
5) Falling the exam .......... to me.
6) He didn't get the job, but I'm sure he'll soon ...........
7) The match .......... when we lost two goals late in the closing minutes of the game.
8)I'll never forget the .......... on his face when I told him I couldn't marry him.
9) There was a real .......... when we failed to reach the final.
10) We've suffered a whole .......... this week. Nothing seems to be going right for us at the moment.
11) When our neighbours left at one in the morning, I ........... I was beginning to think they were going to stay all night!.
12) News of the child's safety .......... to all involved in the search.
13) We had to fly through some pretty scary weather over the Alps, and when the plane eventually touched down, many of us ..........
14) I .......... when the exam finished.
15) It was .......... to hear that he was safe and well.


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practising.



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Thanks Setayesh!

Post by behnam » Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:35 pm

Hi Setayesh,

How are you? I hope you are great. Thank you very much for completing the sentences. Your English is excellent. Your answers are correct, but I've got different idea about two of them. Let's have a look at question 4 and 6!


First, let's consider question 4:

4) He has confidence . I've never known anyone so unsure of himself.

As it is clear, the first part is opposite of the second part. If he has confidence, why is he a symbol of unsureness to his friend? I think the correct answer is:
4) He lacks confidence . I've never known anyone so unsure of himself.

And question 6:
6)I like someone, but I lack confidence to go up to her and ask her out!

When someone lacks confidence, s/he has not got it in almost all situations. However, in this sentence, the person only has not got certain kind of confidence to ask a girl for going out. Therefore, I guess the correct answer is:
6)I like someone, but I haven't got the confidence confidence to go up to her and ask her out!

I am sure you know the answers and the grammatical points. I just wanted to give some explanation of my own choices to people who are following our questions and answers. In fact, many people-through emailing, calling , catting, etc.- have asked me to keep this method going. They have found this method really useful for practising English. I'd like to take this proper opportunity to thank you for participating and to all learners for following the posts. Actually, your emotional connection with us through reading our posts motivates us to continue and encourages us to try our best to keep the flame shining and the flag waving! :lol:

Thank you for reading.

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Post by Mushaf » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:39 pm

hi Behnam
how are you?
i am really happy to join your thread. your advice on learning english are so precious.
i wish i would have joined earlier.
i left a mail for you too
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hi behnam
how are you?
i am so much happy to join your thread
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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mohsen » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:51 am

Hi Behnam,

Thousands innocent people are being murdered in Gaza by a terrorist regime of Israel . They Israel soldiers are attacking children, women and civilian people in Gaza and killing them savagely by air fighter ,artillery and shelling . They have called it war , killing undefended people . They are very rude ,because many western countries are supporting Israel , some governments like USA , UK, France are supporting Israel to kill as many as children and women in Gaza. Wolves in sheep dress, what is all people of the world know it. Sometime you see reports in western press about animals , they are worry about animal life. ( e.g some whales have stuck in the beach and lost their lives ) It is absurd to see in western press these subjects , why the criminals are worry for animals , but if thousands of people are murdered in Gaza and they are not worry. Because there is no benefit for them , only what has benefit for them is important ,otherwise they easily kill millions of whales

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Answers(Disappointment and Relief))

Post by behnam » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:47 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



to get a surprise - to express surprise - to have a surprise - to spring a surprise - to take me by surprise - a complete surprise - a pleasant surprise - the best possible - die of shock - get a shock - get over a shock - come as a shock - a shock wears off - in a state of shock - be in for a shock - get the shock of my life

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Close your eyes! I .......... for you!
2) I .......... when I received my wages. I had a bonus of $100.
3) He .......... at the result. He'd expected the workers to reject the deal.
4) His announcement about becoming a priest ..........
5) She's always organising birthday parties. She loves .......... on people.
6) Your letter was a ........... We must meet up soon.
7) I wanted the party to be a .........., but a friend let cat out of the bag.
8) I nearly .......... when he came into the bathroom without warning.
9) Seeing my sister again was the best .......... anyone could have given me.
10) I .......... when I saw him. He looked so ill.
11) Once the initial .........., I began to get used to my son's blue hair.
12) I don't think she'll ever .......... of losing her husband.
13) The news of the leader's death .......... to the people.
14) When I found out who my real mother was, I ...........
15) When the young star died, the whole country was ...........
16) If you think it's easy looking after a young baby, then you are ..........!


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.



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Dear Friends!

Post by behnam » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:55 pm

Dear friends,

I was chatting with Setayesh a few minutes ago. She was busy with answering to the previous questions which were about 'disappointment and relief'. Just be patient, and please stay tuned! Seti will post the answers soon!

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Post by setayesh » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:41 pm

Hi Behnam,

sorry for being late in answeing

the new answers:


1) No one was hurt, and we all felt relief .
2) The prime Minister expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in the talks.
3) It's a very popular restaurant, so book early to avoid disappointment.
4) I found it difficult hide my disappointment at not being picked for the team.
5) Falling the exam was a bitter disappointment to me.
6) He didn't get the job, but I'm sure he'll soon get over the disappointment.
7) The match ended in disappointment when we lost two goals late in the closing minutes of the game.
8)I'll never forget the a look of disappointment on his face when I told him I couldn't marry him.
9) There was a real sense of disappointment when we failed to reach the final.
10) We've suffered a whole string of disappointment this week. Nothing seems to be going right for us at the moment.
11) When our neighbours left at one in the morning, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was beginning to think they were going to stay all night!.
12) News of the child's safety came as a relief to all involved in the search.
13) We had to fly through some pretty scary weather over the Alps, and when the plane eventually touched down, many of us gave a sigh of relief.

14) I sighed with relief when the exam finished.
15) It was such a relief to hear that he was safe and well.


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Hi Mohsen!

Post by behnam » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:48 pm

Hi Mohsen,

Unfortunately, that is a bitter disappointment to the world. Innocent people; women and children are killed. I am really sad about what happening in Gaza. However, dear Mohsen, let's keep this thread only for practising English and improving our skills. Have you forgotten the bitter experience we had on 'WWW.English-at-home'? After 4 years running a long thread with a lot friends from all over the world, political and religious issues caused us to leave that place. }:

Dear Mohsen, I hope you will get what I mean. We have accepted to avoid discussing heated topics. Let's follow the rules if we care about having a nice place to be in; to spend some good on writing, reading, and imagining the friends faces.

Why don't you join us in making some questions and answering to them? Please participate actively. The number of views from this thread increases dramatically these days. We are going to have a very successful thread again. We will be effective in spreading love and kindness through practising English for peaceful purposes. You know why? WE will communicate effectively in English, because we are learning English. We will talk with people in all over the world in public places such as Facebook, etc. We will let the world know we are a peace-loving nation and will avoid war at all costs.

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Welcome Mushaf!

Post by behnam » Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:24 pm

Hi Mushaf,

Welcome to this thread and thank you very much for joining us. Thank you for putting post in this thread. Would you please introduce yourself?

I hope to hear from you soon.

All the best,
Behnam, 05 August, 2014

P.S. Dear friends, we have got a new friend. She is an old friend of mine. We've met in Englishclub. Last week, I sent her the link of the thread. She has kindly joined us. Her first post is on page 162.

P.S.S. The new set of questions are also put on page 162. Please don't miss them.
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Post by behnam » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:07 pm

Hi friends,

Here are the complete sentences which concern the usages of 'surprise and shock'!


1) Close your eyes! I have got a surprise for you!
2) I got a pleasant surprise when I received my wages. I had a bonus of $100.
3) He expressed surprise at the result. He'd expected the workers to reject the deal.
4) His announcement about becoming a priest took us all by surprise.
5) She's always organising birthday parties. She loves springing surprises on people.
6) Your letter was a was a pleasant surprise. We must meet up soon.
7) I wanted the party to be a complete surprise, but a friend let cat out of the bag.
8) I nearly died of shock when he came into the bathroom without warning.
9) Seeing my sister again was the best possible surprise anyone could have given me.
10) I got a terrible shock when I saw him. He looked so ill.
11) Once the initial shock wore off, I began to get used to my son's blue hair.
12) I don't think she'll ever get over the shock of losing her husband.
13) The news of the leader's death came as a great shock to the people.
14) When I found out who my real mother was, I I got the shock of my life.
15) When the young star died, the whole country was a state of shock.
16) If you think it's easy looking after a young baby, then you are in for a shock!


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.



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Fill in the blanks!(War)

Post by behnam » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:44 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



to be at war - to declare war - to prepare for war - to prevent war - to to win/lose a war - war breaks out - a civil war - a conventional war - a full-scale war - a futile war - a nuclear war - the horror of war - an outbreak of war - a prisoner of war - the threat/risk of war - a war of attrition

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) The government .......... on drug dealers as from today.
2) The UN is doing everything it can .......... between the two countries.
3) They .........., but it cost millions of lives and ruined the economy.
4) Billions are being spent on weapons and arms as the country ..........
5) While the men ........., many women went to work in the factories.
6) Peace lasted in Europe for over 20 years before .......... again in 1939.
7) There are fears that this minor border dispute could escalate into a ...........
8) Some people say that the scars left by .......... never heal.
9) It will be a long and .......... Neither side will achieve anything by it.
10) There is always the frightening possibility that what begins as a .......... could easily become a .......... one.
11) British nationals were advised to leave the country, following the ...........
12) Thousands of .......... were kept in camps and subjected to inhuman treatment.
13) Countries justify having nuclear weapons by claiming that the reduce ...........
14) Today, television can carry the full .......... directly into our homes.
15) In this species the two parents' chloroplasts engage in .......... that destroys 95 percent of them.



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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by [amal] » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:47 pm

Hi Behnam,

How are you?

Thanks for your reply and your wishes... I am really happy to see your words!

I am sorry for being absent for a long time. As you know, I am trying a new life now and dealing with different mind! It's hard for me to focus on a lot of things at the same time and being here! :-(

My new life has got a lot of good things and I am happy with it, I spent a great Eid and a lot of memorable days!
Of course, as everything, it has its ups and downs due to the differences between us.. However, I am trying my best to make things go well.

Please pray for me, I really need it.

Love you!


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Elham » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:42 am

Hiiiiiiii,

I'm back with the answers, I guess my answers are full of mistakes, however I post it. :!:

1) The government .......... on drug dealers as from today.

2) The UN is doing everything it can to prevent war between the two countries.

3) Theywon the war, but it cost millions of lives and ruined the economy.

4) Billions are being spent on weapons and arms as the country prepare for war

5) While the men are at war, many women went to work in the factories.

6) Peace lasted in Europe for over 20 years before war broke out again in 1939.

7) There are fears that this minor border dispute could escalate into a civil war

8) Some people say that the scars left by a nuclear war never heal.

9) It will be a long and futile war Neither side will achieve anything by it.

10) There is always the frightening possibility that what begins as a conventional war could easily become a full-scale war one.

11) British nationals were advised to leave the country, following the the horror of war

12) Thousands of prisoners of war were kept in camps and subjected to inhuman treatment.

13) Countries justify having nuclear weapons by claiming that the reducerisk of war

14) Today, television can carry the full outbreak of war directly into our homes.

15) In this species the two parents' chloroplasts engage in a war of attrition that destroys 95 percent of them.

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Hi Amal!

Post by behnam » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:28 am

Hi Amal,

How are you? I hope all is going well with you and you are enjoying every minute of your life. I know you are busy with the things related to the new situation you are in. I know you are happy and , thank God! I wish you lasting happiness.

Thank you for remembering this thread and me. I will be waiting to hear from you all the time.

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Thanks Elham!

Post by behnam » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:55 am

Hi Elham,

Thank you for posting the answers. Your answers are correct. I don't know why you have left the first question unanswered. Well, the only unused expression is
'to declare war', so it becomes:
1) The government has declared war on drug dealers as from today.

There are some replaceable expressions. I write the answers again, to re-practice and let you and others become sure about the correct answers!

1) The government has declared war on drug dealers as from today.
2) The UN is doing everything it can to protect war between the two countries.
3) They won the war, but it cost millions of lives and ruined the economy.
4) Billions are being spent on weapons and arms as the country prepares for war.
5) While the men were away at war, many women went to work in the factories.
6) Peace lasted in Europe for over 20 years before war broke out again in 1939.
7) There are fears that this minor border dispute could escalate into a full-scale war.
8) Some people say that the scars left by civil war never heal.
9) It will be a long and a futile war. Neither side will achieve anything by it.
10) There is always the frightening possibility that what begins as a conventional war could easily become a nuclear one.
11) British nationals were advised to leave the country, following the outbreak of civil war.
12) Thousands of prisoners of war were kept in camps and subjected to inhuman treatment.
13) Countries justify having nuclear weapons by claiming that they reduce the threat of war.
14) Today, television can carry the full horror of war directly into our homes.
15) In this species the two parents' chloroplasts engage in a war of attrition that destroys 95 percent of them.

I hope this helps you with practicing English.

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Fill in the blanks!(Peace)

Post by behnam » Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:23 am

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



to bring peace - to make peace - to live in peace - to work for peace - to keep/preserve the peace - to threaten the peace - a peace campaign - a peace treaty - a the peace process - peace talks - a commitment to peace - hopes of peace - a plea for peace - a symbol of peace - a threat to peace - a period of peace - a peace-loving nation - a fragile peace - a lasting peace - inner peace - peace of mind - to be at peace with themselves - a lasting peace

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) A UN force is in the area .......... on between the two ethnic groups.
2) He .......... and received the Nobel Prize in 1978.
3) We hope the signing of the treaty will .......... and stability to the region.
4) Let’s hope that the two communities can learn ..........
5) Spain and French .......... in 1659 after a war lasting 25 years.
6) .......... in Europe for over 20 years before war broke out again in 1939.
7) This small war creates a dangerous situation which could ...........
8) .......... between the two sides ended in deadlock last month.
9) After years of war, ..........was signed last month.
10) These latest killings are the work of people trying to de-rail ...........
11) .......... starts in earnest this weekend with a big meeting in Paris.
12) The war was followed by a long .......... and prosperity.
13) Terrorism constitutes a very real ...........
14) The dove is often used as ...........
15) At Easter, the pope made a passionate ...........
16) In his speech, the president stressed his ...........
17) These suicide bombings seem to have ended any ...........
18) Iran is a .......... nation and will avoid war at all costs.
19) A .......... exists between the two sides, but further fighting could break out at any time.
20) This agreement offers the possibility of .......... in the region.
21) Having household insurance is supposed to give you ...........
22) Elham and Setayesh seem .......... these days.


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Answeres(Peace)

Post by behnam » Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:38 pm

Hi friends,

How are you? I hope you are enjoying your life and improving your English day by day! Here are the answers, related to the different usages of 'peace' and the words which often collocate with it!


1) A UN force is in the area to keep/preserve the peace between the two ethnic groups.
2) He worked tirelessly for world peace and received the Nobel Prize in 1978.
3) We hope the signing of the treaty will bring peace and stability to the region.
4) Let’s hope that the two communities can learn to live together in peace.
5) Spain and French made peace in 1659 after a war lasting 25 years.
6) Peace lasted in Europe for over 20 years before war broke out again in 1939.
7) This small war creates a dangerous situation which could threaten world peace.
8) Peace talks between the two sides ended in deadlock last month.
9) After years of war, the peace treaty was signed last month.
10) These latest killings are the work of people trying to de-rail the peace process.
11) The peace campaign starts in earnest this weekend with a big meeting in Paris.
12) The war was followed by a long period of peace and prosperity.
13) Terrorism constitutes a very real threat to world peace.
14) The dove is often used as the symbol of peace.
15) At Easter, the pope made a passionate plea for world peace.
16) In his speech, the president stressed his commitment to world peace.
17) These suicide bombings seem to have ended any hopes of peace.
18) Iran is a peace-loving nation and will avoid war at all costs.
19) A fragile peace exists between the two sides, but further fighting could break out at any time.
20) This agreement offers the possibility of a lasting peace in the region.
21) Having household insurance is supposed to give you peace of mind.
22) Elham and Setayesh seem to be at peace with themselves these days.


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Message!

Post by behnam » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:53 pm

Hi friends,

This is just to let you know, new questions about the different usages of 'language' and the words it collocates with will be posted on tomorrow; on 10th of August!

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mushaf » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:38 pm

hi Behnam
Thank you so much for welcoming me . sorry for introducing myself late here .It has taken time to get use to format of this forum. first i forgot my password then i retrieve it and after that i was waiting for my post to be approved.

hi friends
i am new joiner of this thread. I want to improve my English. I am really happy to see that this thread is very active but its not point to surprise because its admin is Behnam and he is very hardworking and a nice friend.

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Post by Elham » Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:00 pm

Hi Mushaf,

Welcome to this thread. I'm Elham, an old member of "Let's learn together". I've been with this thread for five years and I've learnt a lot through writing and reading posts. I'm sure you can learn and improve your English in case you be active.

Enjoy yourself,

Wish you the best,
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Post by behnam » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:05 pm

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



Language learning - technical language - to acquire a language - to master a language - to speak a language - to translate into a language - bad language - a foreign language - your first/native language - ordinary/plain language - body language - a flair for language - a good commend of language - fluent in English - proficient in a language - a dead language - common language - a period of peace - language skills - official language - the language barrier

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) I didn't speak much Japanese, and I was worried that .......... might be a problem.
2) The .......... of Singapore is English.
3) How many ..........?
4) I wish I was able ......... in the effortless way that children do.
5) His books have been ......... over 50 different ...........
6) The film has been edited for bad or........... It no longer contains any swearing.
7) She didn't say anything, but I knew by her .......... that she was angry about something.
8) French, German and Spanish are the most popular.......... taught in British schools.
9) Make sure your explanation doesn't contain too much ........... The secret of a good talk is to express your ideas ...........
10) German is her .........., but she speaks English with an impeccable accent. You'd think that it was her ..........
11) Latin is ...........
12) These sentences will help to develop your ...........
13) At the meeting the only .......... was English.
14) I'm .........., and I have a working knowledge of German.
15) He has ........... I think he can speak about ten.
16) After a year in Spain, I now have a good ...........
17) She's .........., including Arabic.
18) Listening is extremely important in ...........



Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:21 pm

Hiiiiiiiiii friends

I'm again back with my grammar exercises :geek: :-D :-D :geek: :-D :-D


Please complete the sentences. Put in the correct form of each verb. Use the past continuous , past simple, past perfect or past perfect continuous:.


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1-when Martin ……….(arrive) home, Anna ……………(talk)to someone on the phone.
2-I…………(lie) in the bath when the phone……………….(ring). It ………….(stop) after a few rings.
3-I really must go and see the dentist. One of my teeth……………….(ache) for weeks.
4-when he……………….(fill)the basket, he …………….(go) to checkout.
5-Emma went into the sitting room. It was empty but the television was still on. Someone……………(watch) it.
6-I ………….(play) tennis , so I had a shower . I was annoyed because I …………(not win) a single game.
7-we………………..(go) to London yesterdays, but on the way we………..(hear) about a bomb scare in Oxford street. So we …………….(drive)back home straightaway.
8-tome could hear shouts from the flat next door. His neighbors …………….(argue) again.
9-the chairman …………….(not speak) until he ……………………(hear) all the arguments.
10-when I saw Nick last week, he said he…………………(stop) smoking. But when I saw him two days later he ……………….(smoke) a cigarette. He looked rather ashamed.
11-A man ………………(walk) into a supermarket. He ……………….(choose) a quiet time.
12-When Melanie arrived at David’s place, he……………(lie) on sofa reading a detective novel. He …………….(buy) it at the second-hand bookshop and he………….(read) it for most of the afternoon.
13-I …………….(wait)at checkout when I ………….(notice) a strange-looking man.
14- The phone was ringing but by the time she got indoors, it ………. (stop).

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Answeres(Language)

Post by behnam » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:41 pm

Hi friends,

How are you doing on these scorching hot days? Today, the temperature reached of 42 centigrade in Tehran! Cold dry winters without sufficient rain and snow; hot summers! The globe's climate has changed. Sadness and is going to cover happiness! Human is nothing without water! I hope God will have mercy on us, although we human beings don't have mercy on each other!

Here are the answers of questions about the usages of 'language' and some of the words it collocates with!


1) I didn't speak much Japanese, and I was worried that the language barrier might be a problem.
2) The official language of Singapore is English.
3) How many languages do you speak?
4) I wish I was able to acquire a language in the effortless way that children do.
5) His books have been translated into over 50 different languages.
6) The film has been edited for bad or offensive language. It no longer contains any swearing.
7) She didn't say anything, but I knew by her body language that she was angry about something.
8) French, German and Spanish are the most popular foreign languages taught in British schools.
9) Make sure your explanation doesn't contain too much technical language. The secret of a good talk is to express your ideas in plain language.
10) German is her first language, but she speaks English with an impeccable accent. You'd think that it was her first language..
11) Latin is a dead language.
12) These sentences will help to develop your language skills.
13) At the meeting the only common language was English.
14) I'm fluent in English, Farsi, and Azerbaijani, and I have a working knowledge of Arabic.
15) He has a flair for languages. I think he can speak about ten.
16) After a year in Spain, I now have a good command of the language.
17) She's proficient in several languages, including Arabic.
18) Listening is extremely important in language learning.
19) Although I lived for many years in Sweden, I never quite mastered the language.
20) The proposal should be written in direct language.

I've added two useful sentences. Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practising.


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by setayesh » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:02 pm


Hi Mushaf,

Welcome to this thread. I’m verrrrrrrrrry happy seeing a new friend here. I hope you enjoy your time here. Please tell us more about yourself. I’m so interested to know about you. My name is Setayesh and you can just briefly call me Seti. I’m 26 years old. I had a big gap in my English learning process for some years and I started again practicing with my friends here. I’m so happy to see you here since it can be a good chance for both of us to learn a lot of new things together!
I would be very grateful if you kindly tell me more about yourself,your age,your interests, your nationality, about your hobbies and whatever you like.

Hope to hear more about you as soon as possible

All the best
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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mohsen » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:47 pm

Dear Friends,

If you like ,please fill in the blanks with suitable words :-D

dynamic elegant obstinate unfavorable dishonest
obedient irresponsible fearless tolerance impatient


1. I don't expect him to change his mind because I know he is very ----.

2. If you want to shop for the latest fashions or expensive souvenirs in New York City, go to Fifth Avenue. It is full of ---- shops.

3. Our teacher is a(n) ---- person, so she easily captivates the interest and attention of the students while she is teaching.

4. My father gets angry with us whenever we make a mistake. He has no ---- for mistakes.

5. Teachers like ---- students who never break their rules.

You are here: >> Home >> English Vocabulary Exercises >> Word Fill In The Blank Worksheet 6. We couldn't see the meteor shower last night because of the ---- weather conditions.

7. You should wait for your turn. You'd better not be so ----.

8. Tom is so ----; he never does his homework and never keeps to his promises.

9. Sarven is so ---- that he sometimes puts his life at risk.

10. Mrs. Smith always tells her daughter not to marry a(n) ---- man, who lies and cheats.

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Post by Elham » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:03 am

Hi dear Setayesh,

Today I'm going to answer grammar questions :-) correct me pleaseeeeee.


1-when Martin arrived home, Annawas talking to someone on the phone.

2-Iwas lying in the bath when the phone rang. It stopped (stop) after a few rings.

3-I really must go and see the dentist. One of my teeth has been aching !!! for weeks.

4-when hefilledthe basket, hewent to checkout.

5-Emma went into the sitting room. It was empty but the television was still on. Someone had been watching it.

6-Ihad played tennis , so I had a shower . I was annoyed because I hadn't won a single game.

7-wewere going to London yesterdays, but on the way we heard about a bomb scare in Oxford street. So we droveback home straightaway.

8-tome could hear shouts from the flat next door. His neighborswere arguing again.

9-the chairman didn't speak until he heard all the arguments.

10-when I saw Nick last week, he said hehad stoppedsmoking. But when I saw him two days later hewas smoking a cigarette. He looked rather ashamed.

11-A manwalked into a supermarket. He chose quiet time.I didn't understand this one!)

12-When Melanie arrived at David’s place, he was lying on sofa reading a detective novel. Hehad bought it at the second-hand bookshop and he had been reading it for most of the afternoon.

13-I was waiting at checkout when I noticed a strange-looking man.

14- The phone was ringing but by the time she got indoors, ithad stopped

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My suggestions!

Post by behnam » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Hi Mohsen,

How are you? I hope you are fine. Thank you for the questions. Here are my suggestions. I hope they are correct. If you find them incorrect, please correct me without any hesitation.



1. I don't expect him to change his mind because I know he is very obstinate.
2. If you want to shop for the latest fashions or expensive souvenirs in New York City, go to Fifth Avenue. It is full of elegant shops.
3. Our teacher is a dynamic person, so she easily captivates the interest and attention of the students while she is teaching.
4. My father gets angry with us whenever we make a mistake. He has no tolerance for mistakes.
5. Teachers like obedient students who never break their rules.
6. We couldn't see the meteor shower last night because of the unfavorable weather conditions.
7. You should wait for your turn. You'd better not be so impatient.
8. Tom is so irresponsible; he never does his homework and never keeps to his promises.
9. Sarven is so fearless that he sometimes puts his life at risk.
10. Mrs. Smith always tells her daughter not to marry a dishonest man, who lies and cheats.

I hope to hear more from you.

All the best,
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Fill in the blanks!(Conversation)

Post by behnam » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:46 am

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



to carry on a conversation - to interrupt a conversation - to monopolise a conversation - to overhear a conversation - to get into conversation - polite conversation - a civilized conversation - a private conversation - a sensible conversation - the art of conversation - snatches of a conversation - a topic of conversation - the tone of a conversation - in the middle of a conversation - a full/break in the conversation


Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) A knock on the front door ...........
2) It's impossible .......... with all this noise going on.
3) She completely ........... I could hardly get a word in.
4) At the bus stop, He ......... with the girl standing next to him.
5) I .......... I think they're planning to close the business.
6) Whenever we try to have a .........., she tries to listen in on us.
7) He's losing his memory. It is almost impossible to hold a .......... with him.
8) I hate it when you're left alone at a party with a complete stranger and you've to got to make .......... about things like the weather.
9) We can't have a .......... any more. We just argue all the time.
10) We've exhausted this ........... Let's talk about something else.
11) People watch too much TV. They're losing ...........
12) Trust you to lower .......... with your rude jokes.
13) I waited for a .......... so that I could ask a question.
14) Because of the noise in the room I only caught ...........


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.


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Post by Mushaf » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:29 pm

Elham wrote:Hi Mushaf,

Welcome to this thread. I'm Elham, an old member of "Let's learn together". I've been with this thread for five years and I've learnt a lot through writing and reading posts. I'm sure you can learn and improve your English in case you be active.

Enjoy yourself,

Wish you the best,
Eli
Thank you so much Elham for welcoming me . i am happy to join this thread . i hope i will also improve my english like you people here .

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mushaf » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:42 pm

setayesh wrote:
Hi Mushaf,

Welcome to this thread. I’m verrrrrrrrrry happy seeing a new friend here. I hope you enjoy your time here. Please tell us more about yourself. I’m so interested to know about you. My name is Setayesh and you can just briefly call me Seti. I’m 26 years old. I had a big gap in my English learning process for some years and I started again practicing with my friends here. I’m so happy to see you here since it can be a good chance for both of us to learn a lot of new things together!
I would be very grateful if you kindly tell me more about yourself,your age,your interests, your nationality, about your hobbies and whatever you like.

Hope to hear more about you as soon as possible

All the best
Seti
Hi setayesh
i am from Pakistan. I am studying business studies.
i am also very happy to join this thread. your English is far better then me.thanks for welcoming me in such a nice way. My English is not too good . it needs lots of improvement. i think procrastination is the biggest enemy. and also i am afraid that i would never learn and write perfect English like others. i hope this thread will help me to write more and to improve my English. i will always try to be active here and to write often. whats ur country name ?
take care

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Post by Elham » Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:15 pm

Hiiiiiiii,
ANSWERS!


1) A knock on the front door interrupted our conversation.

2) It's impossible to carry on conversation with all this noise going on.

3) She completely monopolized the conversation. I could hardly get a word in.

4) At the bus stop, He got into conversation with the girl standing next to him.

5) Iovereard their conversation. I think they're planning to close the business.

6) Whenever we try to have a privet conversation, she tries to listen in on us.

7) He's losing his memory. It is almost impossible to hold asensible conversation with him.

8) I hate it when you're left alone at a party with a complete stranger and you've to got to make a polite conversationabout things like the weather.

9) We can't have acivilized conversation any more. We just argue all the time.

10) We've exhausted this topic of conversation. Let's talk about something else.

11) People watch too much TV. They're losing the art of conversation.

12) Trust you to lowerthe tone of the conversation with your rude jokes.

13) I waited for abreak in the conversation so that I could ask a question.

14) Because of the noise in the room I only caught snatches of the conversation

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Thanks Elham!

Post by behnam » Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:58 pm

Hi Elham,

Thank you very much for answering to the questions. All the answers are correct.

Tomorrow, I'll posts some questions about the usages of 'discussion' and the words which collocate with it.

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Fill in the blanks!(Discussion)

Post by behnam » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:01 pm

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



have a discussion - generate discussion - take part in a discussion - widen the discussion - a fruitful discussion - a heated discussion - lengthy discussion - a detailed discussion - a full and frank discussion - a great deal of discussion - the level of discussion - an item for discussion - be deep in discussion - be under discussion - a discussion can be pointless - a discussion can go round in circles

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) The two governments are to .......... on trade agreement.
2) We hope everyone will .......... in the discussion.
3) The report on poverty has .......... a lot of discussion of the issues involved.
4) I think we should ......... the discussion to include other points of view.
5) The speech on euthanasia was extremely controversial. It provoked a very ..........
6) After.........., we reached a decision on the proposal about midnight!
7) We had a .......... on who was responsible for the disaster.
8) The report is far too long to allow .......... of all the 150 points it lists.
9) The meeting was extremely positive with some very ...........
10) If we are in agreement can we move on to the next ...........
11) I thought the .......... was rather poor at the meeting.
12) There's been a great .......... about the new plans to reduce traffic.
13) Any further ........... We'll just have to agree to differ.
14) I wouldn't disturb them just now. They're ...........
15) The ........... We achieved nothing in over two hours.
16) I'm sorry I can't give you any details. The matter is a still ...........


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.


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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Mohsen » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:40 am

Hi Behnam,

Thanks for your correct answers , I send your the answers to your test as follow. I am not sure about correctness .

1)The two governments are to generate discussion on trade agreement.
2) We hope everyone will take part in the discussion.
3) The report on poverty has been discussed a lot of discussion of the issues involved.
4) I think we should widen the discussion to include other points of view.
5) The speech on euthanasia was extremely controversial. It provoked a very lengthy discussion
6) After a great deal of discussion ,we reached a decision on the proposal about midnight!
7) We had a heated discussion on who was responsible for the disaster.
8) The report is far too long to allow a detailed discussion of all the 150 points it lists.
9) The meeting was extremely positive with some very full and frank discussion
10) If we are in agreement can we move on to the next level of discussion
11) I thought the item for discussion was rather poor at the meeting.
12) There's been a great deal of discussion about the new plans to reduce traffic.
13) Any further fruitful discussion We'll just have to agree to differ.
14) I wouldn't disturb them just now. They're deep in discussion
15) The discussion can be pointless We achieved nothing in over two hours.
16) I'm sorry I can't give you any details. The matter is still under discussion

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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Krisi » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:52 pm

behnam wrote:Hi,

Twenty-seven people have already visited this thread, but none of them have put comment on it! What's wrong? I guess the lack of topic is the main reason for the lack of interest. Well, let me suggest a topic.

What is your favourite season? Why is it your favourite season? Why do people have different favourite season? Where does that difference come from?

I am looking forward to reading your posts soon.

All the best,
Behnam, 19 January, 2012

I think this is the one you are looking for! :)
[amal] wrote:I have learned... that being kind is more important than being right.

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I love WRITING

Post by Elham » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:35 pm

Hi,

I'm here to write! I don't know what I'm going to write but I've missed writing aloooooooooot! This has always been one of my interests; I've always loved writing...ohhhh what made me give up on it? what made me get emotionless about it? How could I not write? Elhammmmmm...have you forgotten how much you loved writing and how much it satisfied you? Have you forgotten how much you enjoyed it?

Why do we give up on our dreams? ......

I'm going to start writing here again... Although my English is not as good as before...But I'll try to recall it and practice both English and writing here again...

Yohoooooooooo,
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Thanks, but what do you mean dear Krisi?

Post by behnam » Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:38 pm

Krisi wrote:
behnam wrote:Hi,

Twenty-seven people have already visited this thread, but none of them have put comment on it! What's wrong? I guess the lack of topic is the main reason for the lack of interest. Well, let me suggest a topic.

What is your favourite season? Why is it your favourite season? Why do people have different favourite season? Where does that difference come from?

I am looking forward to reading your posts soon.

All the best,
Behnam, 19 January, 2012

I think this is the one you are looking for! :)
[amal] wrote:I have learned... that being kind is more important than being right.

Enjoy!
Hi Krisi,

It was a great honour for us to read your post in this thread. Thank you very much for leaving a comment here. However, I didn't get what you mean by that? Would you please explain more about the message you wanted to share with us?


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Thanks Mohsen!

Post by behnam » Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:40 pm

Hi Mohsen,

Thank you very much for answering the questions and completing the sentences. Your answer were correct.

All the best,
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Fill in the blanks!(Secret, Rumour and Lie)

Post by behnam » Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:55 pm

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



have a secret - keep a secret - tell somebody a secret - a dark secret - an open secret - a closely-guarded secret - one of the best-kept secrets - confirm a rumour - deny a rumour - hear a rumour - start a rumour - rumours go around - tell a lie - believe a lie - spread a lie
Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Why did you have to tell John that I am fancy him? You can't .........., can you?
2) I only .......... my secretes to my best friend.
3) My wife and I are very open with each other. We don't ...........
4) One problem with tracing your family tree is that you might discover some ......... from the past-for example, that your great-grandfather was a murderer.
5) The location of the church where the pop star will get married is a ......... secret.
6) Their affair is an ........... Everybody knows about it, but nobody mentions it.
7) It's a quiet restaurant with the most superb food. It must be on the .......... secrets in Paris. I just hope the guidebooks don't find out about it.
8) We've .......... that the factory is closing. Is there anything in them?
9) In an interview the actress .......... that she will be quitting the show. She said she would be leaving at the end of the current series.
10) There's a rumour .......... that Jim is leaving. Any idea if it's true?.
11) Nobody seems to know who .......... the rumour.
12) A palace press officer has .......... that the royal couple are about to divorce.
13) I always know when he's ........... He never looks me in the eyes.
14) How could she .......... such a pack of lies? It was obvious that he was lying.
15) I'd like to know who is .......... about me around the neighbourhood.

Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.


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Love has finally succeed!

Post by [amal] » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:01 pm

Hi friends,

How are you?

After two days I have a wedding party and I am sooo excited about it! Because it will happen after a long suffer and many years of rejection, tears and stress. But finally love has won and challenged all the circumstances..

From this story, I have learned that we can achieve whatever we want but it just needs time and being patience. Above that, if we badly want somthing, we should fight for it and don't give up no matter how long it take.

I wish all the best for my best friend "the bride" and wish you all a happy life full of love and joyful days..

Love you,
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Re: Let's learn together!

Post by Elham » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:05 pm

Amaaaaaaaaaaaal,

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii, where are you???????????? I miss youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

I was shocked reading your post. I thought it's your own wedding!!!!!!!!! I was surprised...
Then I checked my mail and saw your mail till I understand it's your friend's not yours! {-:

i wish to hear about your wedding news soon honey.... Believe me, I do feel your empty place, I misss you and I pray for you....

Love you,
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Post by Elham » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:53 pm

Hi,

My correct answers! {-:


1) Why did you have to tell John that I am fancy him? You can't keep a secret, can you?

2) I only tell my secretes to my best friend.

3) My wife and I are very open with each other. We don't have secrets!

4) One problem with tracing your family tree is that you might discover some dark secrets from the past-for example, that your great-grandfather was a murderer.

5) The location of the church where the pop star will get married is a closely-guarded secret.

6) Their affair is an open secret. Everybody knows about it, but nobody mentions it.

7) It's a quiet restaurant with the most superb food. It must be one of the best-kept secrets in Paris. I just hope the guidebooks don't find out about it.

8) We've heard a rumour that the factory is closing. Is there anything in them?

9) In an interview the actress denied the rumour that she will be quitting the show. She said she would be leaving at the end of the current series.

10) There's a rumourgoing around that Jim is leaving. Any idea if it's true?.

11) Nobody seems to know who started the rumour.

12) A palace press officer hasconfirmed a rumour that the royal couple are about to divorce.

13) I always know when he's telling lie. He never looks me in the eyes.

14) How could shebelieve such a pack of lies? It was obvious that he was lying.

15) I'd like to know who is spreading lie about me around the neighbourhood.

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Thanks Elham!

Post by behnam » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:00 am

Hi Elham,

Thank you very much for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct. Your English is great.

I'd like to draw your attention to the questions 9 and 12. In question 9, the second part plays a key role. In fact, the second sentence helps us choose the correct answer between 'confirmed rumours' and 'denied rumours'. Let's have a look at question 9:


9) In an interview the actress .......... that she will be quitting the show. She said she would be leaving at the end of the current series.


As it is obvious, the actress will leave so the rumours about her are true. Therefore, we should say:
9) In an interview the actress confirmed rumours that she will be quitting the show. She said she would be leaving at the end of the current series.

All your answers would be correct if we could replace the answers of questions 9 and 12!

Al the best,
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Hi Amal!

Post by behnam » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:10 am

Hi Amal,

It was very nice seeing your new post here and hearing some news about you. It made me happy. Thank you.

I wish you all the best in the world. Stay happy and healthy.

All the best,
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Fill in the blanks!(Education)

Post by behnam » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:50 am

Hi friends,

Please consider these collocations:



get an education - give you an education - invest in education - return to education - pay for your education - a good education - higher education - nursery education - private education - religious education - secondary education - self education - access to education - the aim of education - standard of educations - the right to education

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) My parents .......... me the best education that money could buy.
2) Parents must make sure that their children .......... a proper education.
3) A growing number of adults are .......... to full-time education.
4) We put some money aside every month to ......... for our daughter's education.
5) The prime minister said that his government will continue to ......... in education.
6) There will be free .......... education for all three-year-old children within five years.
7) Some people think that .......... education is unfair and that we should all have the same educational opportunities.
8) The number of students in .......... education has doubled in the last 10 years.
9) I'm against .......... education in schools. I think it should be done at home.
10) In the UK, most young people receive .......... education in primary school. They learn the facts of life early.
11) Like most parents, I just want my children to have a .......... education.
12) The government wants to make .......... education compulsory up to the age of 18.
13) The cuts in funding will have an effect on the .......... of education in schools.
14) By law all children in the country have the .......... to a free education.
15) One .......... of education must be to teach children to think for themselves.
16) .......... to higher education has improved, with more students now at university.


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.


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Post by Elham » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:04 pm

Hi Behnam,

Thanks for new set of questions. I'm confused with some of them ...check my answers and help please...thankssss

1) My parents gave me the best education that money could buy.

2) Parents must make sure that their childrenget a proper education.

3) A growing number of adults are returning to full-time education.

4) We put some money aside every month to pay for our daughter's education.

5) The prime minister said that his government will continue toinvest in education.

6) There will be free nursery education for all three-year-old children within five years.

7) Some people think that private education is unfair and that we should all have the same educational opportunities.

8) The number of students in self education has doubled in the last 10 years.

9) I'm againstreligious education in schools. I think it should be done at home.

10) In the UK, most young people receive.... education in primary school. They learn the facts of life early.

11) Like most parents, I just want my children to have agood education.

12) The government wants to makesecondary education compulsory up to the age of 18.

13) The cuts in funding will have an effect on thestandard of education in schools.

14) By law all children in the country have theright to a free education.

15) One aim of education must be to teach children to think for themselves.

16)Access to higher education has improved, with more students now at university.

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