Idiomatic Expressions Exercises

english idiomatic expressions exercises

Navigating the intricacies of the English language can often feel like walking through a maze, especially when it comes to idioms.

These phrases might not always make sense when translated directly, but they are crucial to sounding like a native speaker and understanding everyday conversations. Today, we’re diving deep into the fascinating world of English idiomatic expressions.

These activities are structured to enhance your familiarity with these phrases, helping you use them naturally in conversation. So, grab your notepad, and let’s embark on this linguistic adventure together!


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1) Put the Sentences in the Correct Order – Idiomatic Expressions


a) cat / I / the / out / of / bag / the / let

I let the cat out of the bag.


b) under / is / he / weather / the


c) ball / park / a / that’s / different


d) two / she / birds / stone / killed / with / one


e) a / blessing / that’s / disguise / in


f) piece / cake / a / that / of / was


g) his / ducks / a / got / he / row / in


h) boat / the / missed / you / have


i) penny / his / dropped / the / for


j) around / she’s / beating / bush / the


k) hat / in / your / you / ring / threw / the


l) arm / cost / and / leg / an / it / a


2) Fix Grammatical Errors – English Idioms and Expressions


a) He bite more than he can chews.

He bit off more than he could chew.


b) They’re in same page.


c) I’ll call the days it.


d) She threw on towers.


e) We have a other fish to fly.


f) They’re puting their eggs in two baskets.


g) I’m a feeling too blue.


h) That’s last the straw.


i) It’s rainning cats over dogs.


j) He have an axe grind to.


k) She spilled in all beans.


l) They’re on an catch-23 situation.


3) Practice your Vocabulary Completing the Sentences


a) When she found xxx the sxxxrise, she really let the xxx out of the xxx.

When she found out the surprise, she really let the cat out of the bag.


b) When I finished the marathon, I felt on xxx of the xxxld.


c) I’m so tired, I could xxxp a xxg.


d) During the sale, I got the shoes for a xxxg and a xxxce.


e) I was so scared, I was xxxking in my xxxts.


f) We didn’t see xxx to xxx on that xxxue.


g) The team needs to xxte the xxxlet and xxx to work.


h) He tried to xxxep the xxxue under the rug.


i) The news was a xxxt from the xxxe.


j) The manager always has his xxxd in the xxxxds.


k) You are barxxxx xx the wrong xxex.


l) The movie wxx not my xxx of xxx.


4) English Idiomatic Expressions Test. Write the Obvious Questions to the Answers


a) I have other fish to fry. (What…)

What are you busy with?


b) She's feeling blue. (How...)


c) They hit the nail on the head. (What...)


d) He's barking up the wrong tree. (What mis... ...king)


e) We're on the same page. (Are... both...)


f) It's a piece of cake. (How...)


g) She threw in the towel. (What... when... ..ugh?)


h) It's raining cats and dogs. (How...)


i) I'm on cloud nine. (How...)


j) He has cold feet. (How... fee.. ..sion?)


k) They're in a tight spot. (Where... ter.. ...tion?)


l) I'm all ears. (How at...)


Well done on completing these activities on English idiomatic expressions! I’m sure you’ve come to appreciate how these phrases add color, nuance, and depth to our conversations.

Remember, language is a living entity, ever-evolving, and idioms play a significant role in that evolution. Continue practicing, and don’t hesitate to use these expressions in your daily communications.

With time, you’ll find that they come to you naturally, enhancing your fluency and making your English sound more native-like. Keep up the fantastic work, and always cherish the joy of learning!


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