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Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are a crucial aspect of the English language and are essential for achieving fluency. These Britlish Library Activities are designed to make learning, remembering, and using phrasal verbs as effortless and enjoyable as possible. Native English speakers frequently use phrasal verbs in their speech, so it's important for students to understand their meaning and use them in their own speech to sound more natural and like a native speaker. By working through these activities, you will strengthen your grasp of phrasal verbs and improve your overall English language skills.

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Improve your understanding of everyday English with our English in Use activities! Whether you're a student of English as a second or foreign language, these activities focus on the practical use of the language, covering grammar, punctuation, and functional language. These interactive activities will help you improve your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. You will develop your confidence in using different types of text such as fiction, newspapers, and magazines. You will also learn to speak and write about everyday topics such as the weather, travel, and more, and prepare you for real-life situations such as ordering in a restaurant or buying a train ticket. Enhance your English language proficiency with our English in Use activities today!

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Here you will find comprehensive exam-focused lessons to help students achieve success on widely recognized language proficiency exams such as IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge English Language Assessment Exams (PET, FCE, CAE, and FPE), Trinity College London Exams, and TOEIC. These lessons are designed to hone your vocabulary, grammar, and overall language proficiency, which are essential for passing these exams. You will learn the words and phrases that are commonly found on these exams and how to use them in context, giving you a competitive edge.


Spelling can be challenging in English due to the many exceptions and irregularities in the language. These Activities are designed to help you improve your spelling skills by learning and practicing commonly misspelled words. The exercises will help you to identify patterns and rules in spelling, and to memorize the correct spellings of words. By participating in these Activities, you will have a better chance of spelling words correctly in your written English.

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Challenge yourself on the key words, phrasal verbs, and fixed expressions from the CAE Vocab lesson and which will be helpful for you in achieving a high mark in the CAE exam. These words and expressions are commonly used in formal writing and can help you sound more professional and confident in your writing. Do you know the meaning of each word or expression and can you use them in a sentence? Do you know how to use them in context? Take this challenge test and pit your English skills against other students around the world.

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The first set of words we will be discussing are. Persist, Flourish, Viable, Mitigate, Adequate, Disseminate, Elaborate, Utilize, Constrain, Facilitate, Persuade, Incentivize, Prioritize, Comprehend, Synthesize, Evaluate, Obviate, Generate, Impede, and Maximize. These words are essential for expressing yourself clearly and effectively in the CAE exam. Persist: To continue to exist or occur; withstand change or difficulties. Example: Despite the setbacks, she persisted in her efforts to finish the project. Flourish: To grow or develop well; thrive. Example: The company has been flourishing since it launched its new products. Viable: Capable of working successfully; practical and feasible. Example: The new business plan is viable and has a good chance of success. Mitigate: To make less severe, serious, or painful. Example: The company is working to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn. Adequate: Sufficient for a particular purpose; enough. Example: The funding we received was adequate to complete the project. Disseminate: To distribute or spread widely. Example: The company is working to disseminate information about its new products to potential customers. Elaborate: To add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing. Example: The report was well-elaborated, and I could understand the proposal clearly. Utilize: To make use of; put to practical use. Example: The company is looking for ways to utilize its resources more efficiently. Constrain: To limit or restrict. Example: The budget constraints are making it difficult to complete the project on time. Facilitate: To make easier or less difficult; assist the progress of. Example: The company's new software will facilitate the process of ordering products online. Persuade: To induce someone to do something through reasoning or argument. Example: He was able to persuade the board to invest in the new project. Incentivize: To provide someone with an incentive. Example: The company is looking for ways to incentivize its employees to improve their productivity. Prioritize: To give priority to something; organize or do something according to its priority. Example: It's important to prioritize your tasks to ensure that the most important ones are done first. Comprehend: To understand fully; grasp the meaning of. Example: After reading the instructions, I was able to comprehend the task. Synthesize: To combine a number of things to form a new whole. Example: The researchers were able to synthesize several different studies to form a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Evaluate: To form an opinion or conclusion about the worth, quality, or ability of someone or something. Example: The company regularly evaluates the performance of its employees to identify areas for improvement. Obviate: To remove the need for; make unnecessary. Example: The new technology obviates the need for manual labour in certain tasks. Generate: To produce or create something, especially power or energy. Example: The company is working to generate more renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint. Impede: To hinder or obstruct someone or something. Example: The lack of resources is impeding the progress of the project. Maximize: To make as great as possible; increase to the greatest possible amount or degree. Example: The company is looking for ways to maximize its profits. Next we will be discussing 5 essential phrasal verbs, including Cut down on, Look up, Put off, Work out, and Take in. These phrasal verbs are commonly used in everyday English and can help you express yourself more fluently in the exam. Let's go over the meaning of each phrasal verb, and I'll give you examples of how you can use them in a sentence. This way you can get a better understanding of how to use them in context. Cut down on: To reduce the amount or number of something. Example: I need to cut down on my expenses in order to save money. Look up: To search for information about or something in a reference book or on the internet. Example: Can you look up the definition of this word for me? Put off: To postpone or delay. Example: I have to put off my trip until next month. Work out: To solve or find a solution to a problem or question. Example: We need to work out a solution to this problem before it gets worse. Take in: To absorb or assimilate information or an experience. Example: I need some time to take in all the information you just gave me. Finally, we will also be discussing 5 fixed expressions, including In the long run, At the end of the day, To a certain extent, On the whole, and Be that as it may. These expressions are commonly used in formal writing and can help you sound more professional and confident in your writing. Let's go over the meaning of each fixed expression, and I'll give you examples of how you can use them in a sentence. This way you can get a better understanding of how to use them in context. In the long run: Over a period of time in the future. Example: In the long run, investing in education will pay off. At the end of the day: When everything has been considered. Example: At the end of the day, the most important thing is to be happy. To a certain extent: To a limited degree. Example: To a certain extent, I agree with your point of view. On the whole: Generally speaking; taking everything into account. Example: On the whole, the conference was a success. Be that as it may: Despite what has just been said; nonetheless. Example: I understand your concerns, but be that as it may, we still need to proceed with this plan.

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