Idioms are often commonplace in everyday, spoken English. The more idioms you know, the better it is for your general communication – just don’t over-use them in every single sentence!
In the following exercises you will find some idioms that are quite common in many English speaking countries when talking about driving. Firstly, think about and then check for the correct meaning of each idiom. Secondly, try putting each idiom into its correct position in the dialogue in the second exercise, so that finally the dialogue makes sense. Most of the order is mixed from Exercise 1- you have to work out where each idiom fits in the dialogue.
IDIOM 1: ‘something to get me from A to B’
a) to travel in luxury or
b) a cheap, basic car for home to work/school (for commuting)
IDIOM 2: ‘a Sunday driver’
a) a slow or not such good driver or
b) a person who drives on Sundays only
IDIOM 3: ‘the roads are chock-a-block’
a) the roads are quiet or
b) the roads are full of cars
IDIOM 4: ‘need some wheels’
a) need to hurry up or
b) need my own transport
IDIOM 5: ‘a prang’
a) a car accident or
b) a speeding ticket
Exercise 2) Place the idioms correctly into the following dialogue:
Person A: “My bus is always late getting to the station and sometimes it even drives straight past me at my local bus stop. I really _______________”.
Person B: “What, you mean a car”?
Person A: “Yeah, just _______________”.
Person B: “That sounds good…but take care driving to the city in the morning rush hour… _______________”.
Person A: “Thanks, hopefully I’ll be fine. When I drove in my country I never had _______________”.
Person B: “That’s lucky. Actually, I have a license but to be honest, I’m _______________”!
Show the answers
1. need some wheels
2. something to get me from A to B
3. the roads are chock-a-block
4. a prang
5. a Sunday driver