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Topic: English articles with idioms 1

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level: Advanced






Choose the correct (and most natural-sounding) response to complete each sentence.


1. I'm not doing anything important. I'm just killing _________________ time.
  NO ARTICLE
  a
  the

2. We had fun. = We had _________________ great time.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

3. He made a lot of money. = He made _________________ killing.
  a
  the
  NO ARTICLE

4. They were racing against _________________ clock to finish the project.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

5. If someone is clumsy, you can say he/she is "all _________________ thumbs".
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

6. Why do you always have to stir up ( = cause) _________________ trouble?
  the
  NO ARTICLE
  a

7. Keep _________________ eye on him and make sure he doesn't steal anything.
  an
  the
  NO ARTICLE

8. A "jack-of-all-_________________-trades" is someone who knows how to do a lot of different things.
  a
  NO ARTICLE
  the

9. We have only begun to scratch _________________ surface. = We have only begun to find out about something.
  an
  NO ARTICLE
  the

10. I will never set _________________ foot in your house again!
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a


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