ONLINE ENGLISH GRAMMAR QUIZ
topic: English articles with idioms 4 | level: Advanced



Idioms often have tricky usage of articles, so it's important to practice! Choose the correct (and most natural-sounding) response to complete each sentence:


1. She's the one who calls _________________ shots ( = makes the important decisions) around here.
  the
  NO ARTICLE
  a

2. We have to get _________________ move on. = We have to go quickly.
  the
  a
  NO ARTICLE

3. The atmosphere at the meeting was very tense, so John decided to break _________________ ice by telling a joke.
  NO ARTICLE
  a
  the

4. Ever since Mary lost her job, she has been finding it difficult to make _________________ ends meet. ( = to pay the bills ,etc.)
  NO ARTICLE
  a
  the

5. "I'll take _________________ rain check" basically means that you can't do something right now, but you'd like to do it at some point in the future.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

6. To "set _________________ record straight" means to clarify something.
  a
  the
  NO ARTICLE

7. P1: Did you pay for dinner? P2: No, Jim picked up _________________ tab.
  the
  NO ARTICLE
  a

8. Don't take his reaction too seriously. He's just letting off _________________ steam. ( = He's getting rid of pent-up energy or strong emotion.)
  the
  NO ARTICLE
  a

9. That should do _________________ trick! = That should work!
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

10. We had _________________ fun! = We enjoyed ourselves!
  the
  a
  NO ARTICLE


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