Idioms with as… as ranking activities

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Discussing and then remembering as... as idioms like "busy as a bee"

By:Alex Case
Level: All Levels
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Idioms

Idioms with as… as ranking activities

Your feelings about idioms with as… as ranking

Rank the idioms below by how much you like them, thinking about things like:

  • how useful they could be in communication
  • how much sense they make
  • how colourful they are/ how evocative they are

Ones near the bottom of your list could be ones which are too obvious, don’t make sense, seem too specific to be useful, etc. When you finish, compare lists with someone else, changing your list if you agree that any of their rankings make more sense.

as busy

as a bee

with lots of things to do

as clean

as a whistle

no dirt

as different

as chalk and cheese

非常dissimilar, particularly in personality

as easy

as ABC

非常simple

as happy

as a clam

非常contented

as old

as the hills

ancient

as quick

as a flash

非常fast

as safe

as houses

a sure bet/ something that must happen

as sick

as a dog

非常ill, often due to drinking

as tough

as old boots

food, e.g. a steak, that is difficult to chew

Positive and negative idioms with as… as ranking

Rank the idioms below by how complimentary they are/ how positive they are (top of the list) to how insulting/ how negative they are (at the bottom of the list). Then compare with someone else, changing your list if you accept their reasons why their list is different.

as blind

as a bat

with bad eyesight

as clear

as mud

非常difficult to understand

as cool

as a cucumber

非常calm

as cunning/ sly

as a fox

clever, but in a bad way

as deaf

as a doorpost

非常hard of hearing

as drunk

as a Lord

having had too much alcohol

as gentle

as a lamb

非常kind, soft or even passive

as greedy

as a pig

eating too much food

as hard

as nails

非常strong (personality/ physique)

as thin

as a rake

非常skinny

Common and less common idioms with as… as ranking

Rank the idioms below by how often you think they are used, then Google the top five to check (putting the idiom inside quotation marks, like“easy as pie”)

as easy

as pie

非常simple

as flat

as a pancake

no hills or bumps

as light

as a feather

not heavy

as mad

as a hatter

crazy

as proud

as a peacock

thinking you have done something great

as quiet

as a mouse

softly spoken

as tough

as leather

meat or other food that is difficult to chew

as regular

as clockwork

happening often

as miserable

为罪

非常sad

as white

as a sheet

with all colour gone, e.g. from fright

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Without looking at the cards above, write the missing part in each box below.

as a bee

with lots of things to do

as a whistle

no dirt

as chalk and cheese

非常dissimilar, particularly in personality

as ABC

非常simple

as a clam

非常contented

as old

ancient

as quick

非常fast

as safe

as houses

as sick

非常ill, often due to drinking

as old boots

food, e.g. a steak, that is difficult to chew

as blind

with bad eyesight

as clear

as mud

as cool

as a cucumber

as cunning/ sly

as a fox

as a doorpost

非常hard of hearing

as drunk

having had too much alcohol

as gentle

非常kind, soft or even passive

as a pig

eating too much food

as nails

非常strong (personality/ physique)

as a rake

非常skinny

as pie

非常simple

as flat

no hills or bumps

as light

not heavy

as a hatter

crazy

as proud

thinking you have done something great

as a mouse

softly spoken

as leather

meat or other food that is difficult to chew

as regular

happening often

as miserable

为罪

as white

with all colour gone, e.g. from fright

Check above. Other answers might be possible, so please check if you wrote something different.

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