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English Idioms - Looking for Synonyms III

Hi, my friends! Here I am, your boring and strict teacher who wants to give you one more assignment. It will be as tricky as the rest but now, you all are supposed to be much more experienced in answering my tricky questions and using your logic and common sense. So, your task is the same as in the previous blog: you should find a single word that may be a synonym of the given idiom or a phrasal verb, OK? 

Let's start! Ready? Here are five more idioms. Just try to find synonyms using your common sense! Replace the idiom with its synonym, OK?

1. Why did you leave out the second question on my list?

2. The meeting was put off until the next week.

3. I ran into my friend last week.

4. This ship is bound for Europe.

5. We tried in vain to reach him.

Good luck in everything you do!

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Comment by Beti on April 15, 2016 at 18:03
That's very kind of you Danny
Comment by Danny Clark on April 13, 2016 at 12:57

Dear Beti! You do understand No5 now, but the right synonym is "unsucessfully".

Thank you all for taking part!

Here are the modest flowers for such great ladies!

Ландыши

Comment by Danny Clark on April 13, 2016 at 12:54

Hi, dear Elena! All your answers are correct except 1, but it is really my fault. I chose the wrong example. So, 'to leave out" means "to omit"

Comment by Beti on April 12, 2016 at 17:12
5 we desperate bid to reach him
Comment by Beti on April 12, 2016 at 17:06
1why didn't you include the second question on my list?2 The meeting was postponed until the next week 5 we could not succeed to reach him
Comment by Beti on April 12, 2016 at 4:09
Thanks for your consideration. I'll do my best to do it again
Comment by Elena on April 11, 2016 at 7:29

Hi Dan.

1)Why did you exclude the second question on my list?

2)The meeting was postponed to the next week.

3)I met my friends last week.

4)Europe is the destination of this ship.

5)We tried unsuccessfully to reach him.

Comment by Danny Clark on April 9, 2016 at 16:02

Dear Usra! I sorry I didn't notice your comment earlier. I hope, you will exuse me. Now about your answers.

1 is correct.

2.  I will interpret you the meaning of the given example. The meeting was assigned for today, for example, but something  happened and we've decided to meet the next week. So, how to describe our decision? What have we done?

3. I doubt how to explain it without using the word you should find yourself. Well, I'll try. You are walking on the street and you suddenly see a person you know. You should find the only one word to identify such an event.

4. I accept your answer as the correct one.

5. The idea is right, but you can find better synonym. Just imagine that a person has no cell and you dial his home number many times, but there is no answer because he is out.  You had to takl to him, but he was unavailable. So, how to call the result of your actions?

Will you give it one more try, please?

Comment by Danny Clark on April 9, 2016 at 15:49

Dear Beti! I sorry I didn't notice your comment earlier. I hope, you will exuse me. Now about your answer. You see, if we were not looking for the synonyms here, all your answers would be right. I mean you have got the idea and it is the main. But if the synonyms are on the subject, only 3 and 4 are right. Ss to the rest, let me give you some explanaions and hints.

1.I think it is my fault. Perhaps, I have to change the given example to make things clearer. But I will try to explain the meaning of this phrasal verb. I am inattentive when I type. So, instead of"here" I may type "hre", for example. What is the verb describing such a typo?

2. I will interpret you the meaning of the given example. The meeting was assigned for today, for example, but something  happened and we've decided to meet the next week. So, how to describe our decision? What have we done?

5. You've got the idea, but the word is wrong. "ineffectively" is not a synonym. Just imagine that a person has no cell and you dial his home number many times, but there is no answer because he is out.  You had to takl to him, but he was unavailable. So, how to call the result of your actions?

Will you give it one more try, please?

Comment by Danny Clark on April 9, 2016 at 14:41

Dear Elen! The right synonym is "to omit"

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