Vocabulary Activities
Quiz 1: Vocab Gap Fill
  1. He had to of school to support his family.
  2. I hope to and make new friends this year.
  3. She is, , the nicest person I have ever met.
  4. My math class is .
  5. The power keeps cutting . We need to call the electric company.
Quiz 3: Vocab Q&A
Here are five questions about the vocabulary. Either answer the questions or try to write them down as a dictation.

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without a doubt


I, without a doubt, knew the least of anyone there.

When you say the phrase 'without a doubt' you mean that something is obvious or very clear. Notice the following:

  1. He was, without a doubt, the worst teacher I ever had.
  2. New York is, without a doubt, the most expensive city in America.

dropped out


I almost dropped out of school.

When you drop out of school, that means you quit school or you stop going to class. A drop-out is a person who quit school. Notice the following:

  1. My father was a high school drop-out but he still went on to succeed.
  2. I dropped out of college to help my family when my dad got sick.

way over my head


The course was way over my head.

When something is 'way over your head' that means it is too difficult to understand. For example, in school a lecture or chapter from a book can be way over your head if it is too hard to comprehend. Notice the following:

  1. What she was saying was way over my head.
  2. I took biology, but is was way over my head, so I dropped out.

on and off


He's been involved on and off since the beginning.

When something happens 'on and off' that means it happens, and then stops, and then continues again. Notice the following:

  1. My relationship with my girlfriend has been on and off since I last saw you.
  2. The plans to build a new bridge have been on and off for awhile.

branch out


We plan to branch out and try new things.

When you branch out, that means you experiment and take risks and try new ideas. Notice the following:

  1. This year I plan to branch out and explore new areas.
  2. The restaurant plans to branch with a new international menu.