ENGLISCH/822: Brainteasers (186) - Festive Season (SB)

B R A I N T E A S E R S - Tricky little things (experienced)

Quizzes and puzzles for learners of English

186 The Festive Season

Tricky prepositions

For each of the nine sentences choose the one correct preposition.

1. The New year starts ________ January the 1st at 00:00 when December the 31st finishes.

a. on
b. at
c. in
d. over

2. When I was a child I used to believe ... Father Christmas.

a. at
b. on
c. by
d. in

3. I do make New Year's Resolutions. Because these promises or `resolutions' renew the hope ... the next year".

a. in
b. of
c. for
d. about

4. Every year I love helping my Dad put ... the decorations around the house.

a. on
b. up
c. in
d. off

5. On Christmas Eve I usually stay ... late and go to Midnight Mass.

a. in
b. on
c. up
d. over

6. Every year I buy my Mum a box ... chocolates for Christmas.

a. off
b. of
c. in
d. on

7. I prefer to be with my family ... Christmas Day.

a. over
b. on
c. at
d. in

8. I always drink a toast to see ... the New Year.

a. out
b. over
c. through
d. in

9. Please give me some advice that helps me to stick ... my resolution.

a. by
b. with
c. to
d. on


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Brainteasers (185) - Coining a phrase

If you match up the colloquial expressions with the correct amount of money you get the following pairs of words:

1. 1 dollar   
2. 1 pound    
3. 5 cent     
4. 25 cent    
5. 1,000 pounds
6. sixpence   
7. 10 cents   







Wie bei uns der Ausdruck Groschen, nach und nach aus dem Wortschatz verschwindet, so ist in Großbritannien vor allem die Dezimalisierung 1971 eine der Ursachen, warum viele Namen für kleinere Geldbeträge, so z.B. auch "bob" für einen Shilling oder "Copper" für kleinere Kupfermünzen heute kaum noch verwendet werden.

Can you spare me a dime?

... fragen die Bettler auf den Straßen von San Franzisko in US-Englisch auch heute immer noch.

29 December 2008