Using ‘some’ ‘a few’ ‘a lot’

We use ‘some/few/a lot when describing a quantity we can’t count like flowers in a meadow of clouds in the sky. We also use them when we don’t need to be accurate, for example “I made some cakes.”

They are useful when making a comparison for example:

She had a few colds last winter but this winter she had a lot.

‘A lot’ can be shortened to ‘lots of’

Watch the video lesson here’s: LINK TO LESSON

Here are some more examples:

I’ve been to the theatre a few times this year.

A few of the girls had long hair.

Last year I had a few grey hairs. Now I have a lot.

We only had a few figs on the tree last year but this year we have lots (a lot).

I would like some cherries.

Would you like some wine?

Some of the women wore hats.

I saw lots of poppies in the meadow.

Would you like some bread?

WEATHER IDIOMS

We English must appear to speak in riddles! It’s because we use so many idioms especially weather idioms.

Watch the lesson first and then look at the explanations below.

LINK TO LESSON ON WEATHER IDIOMS

I’m Under the weather: means that I’m not feeling very good. Very well.

I’m snowed under: I’m snowed under with work. I’ve got lots and lots of work to do.

Wall to wall sunshine: A beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky.

The heavens opened: It suddenly started to rain very heavily

It’s raining cars and dogs: It’s raining heavily.

Every cloud has a silver lining: something good always comes as a result of something bad. Eg. I missed my bus but I saw an old friend.

I’m as right as rain. I’m feeling great.

I’m on cloud nine: I’m really happy.

Now the same passage WITHOUT the idioms:

I’ve been very busy this week and a bit poorly. Not very well.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and so I decided to take the day off and go for a walk.

So I packed my picnic and off I went.

I’d just sat down when it started to rain very heavily and I got very wet (drenched).

But, while I was sheltering from the rain I made a new friend.

Now I’m feeling fine and very happy.

It’s not much fun written like this !

That’s why we use idioms. It’s for effect.

MAKE! English Idioms using ‘MAKE’

We use the word ‘make’ in its different forms VERY often and it is very confusing. I hope this video lesson and the notes below will help you to understand.

LINK TO VIDEO LESSON

Make a killing. This has nothing to do with violence! It means to make some money fast!

Make your mouth water: when you see food that looks delicious, it majkes your mouth water.

Make your blood boil: when something or someone has made you very angry you say that it ‘made my blood boil’.

 

Make up you mind: to make a decision. When someone is very undecided we say ‘make up your mind’

 

Make eyes at: this is a mild sort of flirting! It’s like eyes meeting across a crowded room. If you like someone you may ‘make eyes at them’

 

Made my day: when something happens that makes you really happy. If you see a friend that you haven’t seen for a long time. If your boss praises you or gives you a rise. If you bump into a celebrity. It ‘makes your day’.

 

Makeup: makeup can be a noun. It is a collective noun for beauty products like mascara and lipstick. ‘I put on my makeup every morning.’

Make-up: when two people have quarrelled they can ‘make-up’ and become friends again.

 

Make from scratch: when you make something from basic materials. For example ‘ I made a cake from scratch’ means I used flour and eggs and butter. I didn’t use a cake mix.

 

Make the bed: it is what you do every morning. It means to straighten the bedclothes.

 

Make a call: to hone someone

 

Make it in time : to get somewhere in time. Eg. ‘I hope I get to the airport in time ‘ can be said like this: ‘ I hope I make it to the airport in time.’

 

Makeover: this usually applies to females. It’s similar to a car having a service! It refers to having a giving our makeup and hair, and sometimes our clothes, a completely new (and hopefully better) look!

There are more but these are the most common.

Tenses

Present. Past. Future

I am making. I made. I am going to make /I will make

You are making You made. You are going to make/ You will make

He/she/it is making. He made. He/She/It is going to make

We are making. We made. We are going to make.

They are making. They made. They are going to make.