Zero in (on something/someone)

Do you know the English expression “to zero in (on something/someone)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mike: Did you talk to your teacher about your essay?

Jane: Yes. She was really negative about it. She zeroed in on my mistakes.

Does it mean:

a) give someone/something a score of zero

b) focus all one’s attention on something/someone

c) talk negatively

d) praise someone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) focus all one’s attention on something/someone

[Easy English Blog] Half marathon

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Yesterday, I ran the distance of a half marathon. It was my first time to run so far. I usually run 10 or 15km, but this time, I wanted to see if I could run farther. I belong to a running club. The other members of the club take part in half marathon and full marathon races. I have never taken part in an event. I want to take part in one this year, though.

There are a few half marathon races in the area where I live. There is one in March, and one in autumn. I want to try the one in March, but I don’t think I am fast enough. I think the event has a time limit. It took me two and a half hours to run half a marathon. Maybe this is too slow. I need to run faster.

I’m going to try and run a half marathon every week. I usually go running twice a week, so one day I will run 10 or 15km, and the other day I will run a half marathon. It will be good training for me.

In the future, I’d like to run a full marathon, but first, I’ll focus on getting a better time for the half marathon. How about you? Do you like running? How far do you usually run?

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Keen on (something)

Do you know the English expression “to be keen on (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Helene: What sport is your son into these days?

Igor: He’s really keen on swimming.

Does it mean:

a) not interested in

b) very interested in

c) making an effort

d) good at

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) very interested in


Do you know the English adjective “exquisite“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Joyce: Have you been to the jewellery exhibition at the museum yet?

Nina: Yes, I have. I enjoyed it. Some of the items are really exquisite.

Does it mean:

a) ugly

b) expensive

c) shiny

d) very beautiful

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: d) very beautiful