Grammar Tips and Notes in English

Grammar Tips and Notes in English


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Time to hit the road Time to depart
Around the clock At all times
A devil of a time A difficult or frustrating time
For the time being At the present moment; for now
Bad time An inconvenient moment or an unfortunate experience
Kill time To do something while waiting
As time goes by As time passes or moves
Lose track of time To be unaware of what time it is
Caught in a time wrap Unchanged in an antiquated or obsolete way
As red as a cherry Very red
To go bananas To go crazy
The apple of someone’s eye At the present moment; for now
Second banana A person in a subservient position
The cherry on the cake The final thing that makes something perfect
A bite at the cherry An opportunity to achieve something
A plum job An easy, pleasant job that also pays well
Go pear-shaped To fail; to go wrong
Cool as a cucumber Calm even in difficult or frustrating situations

Cat nap A short sleep
Flew the coop Escape, left
Get someone’s goat To irritate someone deeply
Fat cat A highly placed, well-paid executive
Like a fish out ot water To be uncomfortable in a particular situation
Hold your horses Wait and be patient
Cash cow A good way to make money
Get the lion’s share Get the greatest percentage
Loaded for bear Prepared for problems, well prepared for a challenge

Daredevil: someone who takes unnecessary risks

Cheapskate: someone who hates to spend money

Joined at the hip: to be exceptionally close to someone

Elbow grease: hard physical effort

Oddball: a weirdo or a strange person


Down-To-Earth: sensible and realistic

Go-Getter: a person who is active, energetic, and has the initiative to pursue the things they want.

Break a leg: good luck

Cutting corners: Doing something poorly in order to save time or money

Hang in there: Don’t give up

Pull yourself together: Calm down


Red tape; Official or bureaucratic tasks

To be yellow; To be cowardly

To see red; To be very angry

Black out; Faint

Black and blue; Describe something that is badly bruised

Golden opportunity; The perfect chance

Have the blues; Be sad or depressed

Black sheep; A person who is a disgrace to a family or group

Forty winks: a short nap

Barrel of laugh: someone who is very funny

Old as the hills: some who is very old



Hardly … when I had hardly closed my eyes when she came.
Such … that He is such a smart boy that he passes his math exams successfully.
Neither … nor Neither George nor his brother is very tall.
Whether … or He must do it, whether he likes it or not.
As … as He’s not singing as loudly as he can.
Rather … than I would rather go out than stay at home today.
Scarcely … when Scarcely had I gone to bed when the doorbell rang.
Both … and Michael can both read and write.
Not only … but also Not only Mary but also Gabriel is from Italy.
Either … or I can have either cola or tea.
So … as Her story isn’t so boring as theirs.
No sooner … 
We had no sooner gone to bed than the phone rang.
The more … the more The more you can dream, the more you can do.
So … that My mother speaks so quickly that nobody understands what she says.


Adjective Comparative Superlative
angry angrier angriest
bad worse worst
big bigger biggest
bitter bitterer bitterest
black blacker blackest
bland blander blandest
bloody bloodier bloodiest
blue bluer bluest
bold bolder boldest
bossy bossier bossiest
brave braver bravest
Adjective Comparative Superlative
busy busier busiest
calm calmer calmest
cheap cheaper cheapest
chewy chewier chewiest
chubby chubbier chubbiest
classy classier classiest
clean cleaner cleanest
clear clear clearest
clever cleverer cleverest
close closer closest
cloudy cloudier cloudiest
Adjective Comparative Superlative
coarse coarser coarsest
cold colder coldest
cool cooler coolest
crazy crazier craziest
creamy creamier creamiest
creepy creepier creepiest
crispy crispier crispiest
cruel crueller cruellest
crunchy crunchier crunchiest
curly curly curliest
curvy curvier curviest
Adjective Comparative Superlative
dark darker darkest
deadly deadlier deadliest
deep deeper deepest
dense denser densest
dirty dirtier dirtiest
dry drier driest
dull duller dullest
dumb dumber dumbest
dusty dustier dustiest
early earlier earliest
easy easier easiest

Adjective Comparative Superlative
fat fatter fattest
few fewer fewest
fierce fiercer fiercest
filthy filthier filthiest
fine finer finest
firm firmer firmest
fit fitter fittest
flaky flakier flakiest
flat flatter flattest
fresh fresher freshest
friendly friendlier friendliest
Adjective Comparative Superlative
good better best
grand grander grandest
grave graver gravest
greasy greasier greasiest
great greater greatest
greedy greedier greediest
gross grosser grossest
guilty guilter guiltiest
hairy hairier hairiest
handy handier handiest
happy happier happiest