Double Take

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Double Take. What does “Double Take” mean? a delayed surprised reaction at seeing something or someone a surprised second look at a something whose significance wasn’t completed grasped at first How to use “Double Take”? Use it in this phrase Do a double take Examples: I did …

Get a Word in Edgewise

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Get a Word in Edgewise. What does “get a word in edgewise” mean? To have an opportunity to speak To successfully interrupt a conversation in which someone else is talking nonstop How to use “get a word in edgewise”? This phrase is usually used with a negative …

To Split Hairs

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: To Split Hairs What does “to split hairs” mean? To find fault, to nitpick or quibble about something small and unimportant Make unnecessary, tiny distinctions between things Argue about small and unimportant details of something How to use it? Add “about…” or “over…” after it, to indicate …

Cut and Dried

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cut and Dried. What does “cut and dried” mean? Clear and definite Done and completed Settled, decided, and unlikely to change How to use it? “Cut and dried” is used to describe a situation, solution, or plan. You can use it as a predicate adjective, which modifies …

CBE School Re-entry: Mandatory Indoor Masking for All Staff and K-2 Students

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The Calgary Board of Education will mandate masking indoors for all staff and kindergarten to Grade 12 students for the start of the 2021-22 school year. This decision will be reviewed before the end of September In addition, the following health measures will be in place when classes resume in all schools on Sept. 1: Students and staff will still be …

CBE’s Masking Policy Remains

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The Calgary Board of Education has recently announced that modified calendar schools will start for the first day on Tuesday, August 17. Mandatory masking will remain in place for all staff and students. Students riding yellow buses will also need to wear masks. In addition, the following health measures will be in place on August 17: Use the daily checklist to …

Common Uncountable Nouns

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In the first article of our new series “English Learning Tips for Newcomers“. English learners tend to overuse plural forms on uncountable nouns. Uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted, e.g. water, weather, air, etc. Most uncountable nouns are liquid, abstract concept, mass nouns, states of being, or feelings. Here are 10 uncountable nouns which English learners tend to …

Cool as A Cucumber

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cool as A Cucumber. What does “cool as a cucumber” mean? Very calm, collected or unemotional when faced with something surprising Composed or self-possessed in times of stress The origin of “cool as a cucumber”: The inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air even in extremely …