Basic English Usage
Expressions

Drills

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[ ]  Because I'm in the loop, they will always ____ me.
ignore
invite

[ ]  I'm out of the loop, so I ____ what is being planned.
don't know
decide

[ ]  I told you we would touch base, so now here I am. Let's ____.
run
talk

[ ]  My overview presentation will ____ touch on each of their main concerns.
briefly
thoroughly

[ ]  I've been out of touch, so I don't know ____.
what it feels like
what has been happening

[ ]  You must have touched a nerve, because he ____.
became upset
lost his balance

[ ]  She needs a number that's in the ballpark, something ____.
reasonable
understandable

[ ]  He doesn't get the big picture. He's too focused on ____.
framing the issue
inconsequential details

[ ]  I've heard a new office is in the picture for us. It will be good to ____.
stay where we are
find a new one

[ ]  I know I'm out of the picture, but I would like to know ____.
what is happening
where to stand

[ ]  They will get the picture if we ____. Then, they will understand.
explain
send it

[ ]  She is in the same boat as I am: we share the same ____.
space
fate

[ ]  Let's not rock the boat. We don't need others to get ____.
upset
sick

[ ]  I think you missed the boat on that one. You got it ____.
too late
all wrong

[ ]  In a nutshell, they said ____.
no
the opportunity to respond was appreciated but it was necessary to decline at this time

[ ]  I'm sure he will come around if he listens to our ____.
directions
explanation

[ ]  If I come across as crude, I hope you can ____.
forgive me
step aside

[ ]  If you come up short, I can lend you ____.
some money
my shoes

[ ]  Now that it's out in the open, we should ____.
take a picture
talk about it

[ ]  She may ____ our venture, but only if she gets out from under her personal debts.
invest in
approve

[ ]  I noticed he was out of it, so I didn't ____.
go join him
ask him any questions

[ ]  They were out for blood, which explains their ____ behavior.
confused
aggressive

[ ]  If there are no strings attached, I might ____.
agree to help
fall over

[ ]  Let's play it by ear; I don't know what's ____.
going to happen
straining my eyes

[ ]  I always play it safe by ____.
bringing extra copies
assuming all will be well

[ ]  We have to play ball or they won't ____.
keep score
respond well

[ ]  She can pull strings and get us _____.
an introduction
in trouble

[ ]  Do you really think we can pull it off? Most people think it is ____.
attached
unlikely

[ ]  The nurse said I would pull through, so I ____.
relaxed
prepared for the worst

[ ]  We should brainstorm and ____ some new designs to consider.
look up
generate

[ ]  Let's go out on a limb and ____ his idea will work.
trust that
question whether

[ ]  He has been out of action because he is ____.
recovering from an operation
slowing down lately

[ ]  We were told it's out of the question. We should stop asking for ____.
reasonably-priced pizza
so much

[ ]  We will never see eye to eye if you don't change your ____.
opinion
glasses

[ ]  We began to see daylight when we ____.
assembled the final delivery
removed the first obstacle

[ ]  You should see to it that the door ____.
was open
is locked

[ ]  Because of that ____, it's back to the drawing board.
schedule
failure

[ ]  Start over at square one. This time, ____.
do it correctly
count higher than one

Exhausting, huh? But it's good practice when you read the correct answers out loud.

Lesson: Drills
Module: Expressions
Course: Basic English Usage