English Expressions: Eat your Greens!

This lesson focuses on a great expression for the topic of food when talking about vegetables “eat your greens”. The video tutorial below explains the meaning and how to use it correctly.

Eat Your Greens: Video Tutorial

Comments: This is a flexible use of English for IELTS speaking but not to be used in writing. This expression is always used in the plural “greens” and never used as a singular “green”.


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  1. I was always told in school that including proverbs or quotes in an essay creates a better impact to the write-up. Idioms even. But I see that you are advising us test takers to avoid it. So I am a little worried now. I have my test in a week!

    • This is not a school essay or a university essay. It is an IELTS essay with specific requirements for IELTS band scores. It is also a language test which tests your language and not other people’s language that you have memorised.

  2. harjot singh says:

    task 2 views problem
    less views and i cannot eloborate it well

  3. Sneha Singh says:

    Hi Liz, I was under the impression that I can use idioms in informal letters in IELTS writing task 1 – general training. Am I wrong?


    • Be careful using idioms. They are frequently over used and not considered a good sign of your level of English. It’s better to use idiomatic language, such as phrasal verbs which show more flexibility with informal language.

      • Hi Liz,

        Can you please tell me that what do you mean by idiomatic language? Can you please elaborate it with an example?

        • Idiomatic language is language that does not have a direct translation and is based on symbolism. Idioms are one type of idiomatic language but they are mostly informal and often over used in IELTS – which doesn’t help your score. Phrasal verbs are also idiomatic. They are prefect for IELTS speaking as they are frequently used by native speakers in speaking. However, some are informal so you need to be carefully using them in writing. Just google phrasal verbs online to learn more.

  4. Hi Liz
    Tomorrow my speaking test . idioms are used to good score? ,
    i don’t know idioms. i want to above 7+ in speaking. Please tell me.

  5. Hey Ms. Liz,

    I am from India and I have two days to go for my IELTS test. I am scared to give my test as I did not find time to go through the books. I have been watching few of your videos and those were very helpful for me.
    I am lacking in vocabulary and idioms as far as my knowledge. Please help me with any possible way….

  6. Yousaf Imran says:

    Hi Mam,

    I am following your channel on youtube and found very impressive,

    I have a little request please share some notes related to General Test as i am the student of this test.

  7. Dear Ma’am,
    I’m going to give the test next month,I’m Panic in Writing(both tasks),I need 7 bands in writing but It’s hard to write task 1 and task 2,how do I write them in the proper way !
    please help me that I could get the high score!

  8. You are really an excellent teacher,i get your every points.I wish i could meet you for personal consultation about my upcoming IELTS test,unfortunately I’m from bangladesh.

  9. Aman romana says:

    Hi,my name is Aman romana.please you can help me for reading because, I am very poor in english language .

  10. Dear Ma’m,
    I ‘d like to know about Idioms ,phrasal verb and proverb through video tutorial.
    Could you please help me to find out the above said lesson . It will help me in my preparation for Toefl .
    Again, many thanks.
    Waiting for a positive reply from your end.
    Warm Regards.

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