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Over-the-Hump-Wednesday Grammar & Idioms Lesson

November 6th, 2019

 As those of you who have studied at NESE at this time of year will well remember, fall in New England is extraordinarily spectacular. Every year, we think that the foliage colors are the best yet, but then the next year seems even more beautiful, as does the next, and the next…The truth is that fall in New England is exceptional every year - and, of course, “fall” gives us a chance to review some vocabulary and idioms: True or False: 1. Fall is called “autumn” in a number of English speaking countries outside of the United States. (T) 2. To fall in love means to develop feelings of love for someone. (T) He fell in love with her the first time he saw her. 3. To fall over means to repeat yourself. (F) (It means to lose your balance and drop to the ground (if human) or to drop to the ground (if non-human)) She slipped on the ice and fell over. 4. To fall down has the same meaning as to fall over. (T) She fell down the stairs when she was a child. 5. A falling out is when you move out of your house (F) (It is an argument.) The young man had a falling out with his girlfriend. 6. To fall asleep is to change from being awake to being asleep. (T) The baby fell asleep in her mother’s arms. 7. To fall for someone is to trip over someone’s foot. (F) (It means to develop strong feelings for someone.) She fell for him as soon as she heard him speak. 8. To fall on hard times is to slip onto a hard surface. (F) (It means to have financial problems.) When their mother lost her job, the family fell on hard times. 9. To fall behind is an inability to maintain the correct pace (at school for example). (T) Because she didn’t study, she started to fall behind in her English class. 10. To fall between the cracks means that something was unintentionally omitted. (T) As you study English, don’t let irregular verbs fall between the cracks! While we enjoy fall here in Harvard Square, we hope that you enjoy words that might remind you of this most beautiful of seasons. Until next week, we send you our best regards, The NESE Grammar Team

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