Google
English-Test.net
Find penpals and make new friends today!
 
type of fuel; gasoline
priority
novelty
petrol
hesitation
full quiz correct answer
 
Username
Password
 Remember me? 
Search   Album   FAQ   Memberlist   Profile   Private messages   Register   Log in 

Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 4



 
ESL Forum | English Teacher Explanations (ESL Tests)
Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 2 | Test incompl/inter-159, Question 1
listening exercises
Message
Author
Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 4 #1 (permalink) Sun Sep 05, 2010 13:36 pm   Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 4
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #312 "English Slang Idioms (33)", question 4

"I had to burn the ......... oil to get the paper done on time. I think I finished at four in the morning," Ben said.

(a) motor
(b) vegetable
(c) crude
(d) midnight

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #312 "English Slang Idioms (33)", answer 4

"I had to burn the midnight oil to get the paper done on time. I think I finished at four in the morning," Ben said.

Correct answer: (d) midnight

Your answer was: correct
_________________________

Does it mean that he had to work after midnight?
Nenad11
I'm here quite often ;-)


Joined: 14 Jun 2010
Posts: 167
Location: Belgrade

Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 4 #2 (permalink) Sun Sep 05, 2010 15:01 pm   Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 4
 

Yes, it comes from the idea of an oil lamp. Midnight oil - the last remaining oil in the lamp, used up late at night.
_________________
"Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened."
Terry Pratchett
Beeesneees
Language Coach


Joined: 08 Apr 2010
Posts: 39144
Location: UK, born and bred

How do you use the English Prepositions correctly?English grammar exercises — improve your English knowledge and vocabulary skillsAre you a native speaker of English? Then you should read this!Learn how to explore English words! Subscribe to free email English course
Display posts from previous:   
Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 2 | Test incompl/inter-159, Question 1
ESL Forum | English Teacher Explanations (ESL Tests) All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1
Latest topics on English Forums
Please tell me what as happy as the day is long means?Test incompl/inter-80, User's Answer 9Test incompl/advan-16, User's Answer 5Test incompl/inter-315, User's Answer 4Test incompl/inter-314, User's Answer 5Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 3Test incompl/inter-312, User's Answer 9Test incompl/elem-229, User's Answer 4Test incompl/inter-311, User's Answer 2What does clear the most dromedaries mean?Is a baby in the woods an inexperienced person?What does away with the fairies mean?Does at full tilt mean the best one can?

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Get FREE English course via e-mail