At the bottom of the page you will find ten well-known proverbs. Write the best
proverb in the blank at the end of each paragraph.
1. Ann was taking a tour of the city. Her guide
showed her a large office building and said, "90% of the tenants are lawyers."
Ann said, "Why are there so many lawyers in one building?" Her guide said,
"You know. ________________________________."
2. After the first day of class, the new
student said to the old student, "I dont like the professor. He seems so loud
and angry about everything. Im afraid I will fail the course. The old student
smiled, patted the new student on the shoulder and said, "Dont worry. ________________________________."
3. Man: "I was surprised her family
let her move back into their house after her stretch in prison."
4. Mary was laid off from her job. A month
later, the bank re-possessed her car. How could she look for a job without a car?
Remembering that her sister had an old, second car that she rarely used, Mary called and
asked about the car. Her sister said, "You dont want that old thing. It will
barely run." Mary said, "Im broke and Ive got to have a car. ________________________________."
5. Sue had a dream in which she saw a
lottery ticket with the winning number. Next morning she rushed to the store and bought a
ticket with that number. Then she went home and called her best friend and invited her to
lunch at the most expensive restaurant in town. Her friend said, "Sue, you cant
afford that place." Sue said, "Oh yes I can," and explained about her
dream. Her friend laughed and said, "Oh, Sue, that was just a dream. ________________________________."
6. A homeless person stopped Jack on the
street and said, "I need money so Ive got to sell my wifes ring.
Its a half-caret diamond. Ill sell it to you for $75." Jack examined the
ring. The stone looked good. He paid the $75 and got the ring. Next day, he took the ring
to a jewelry store and asked for an appraisal. The jeweler glanced at the stone through
his loupe and said, "How much did you pay for this piece of glass?" Jack sighed
and said, "Oh I should have known. ________________________________."
7. The mugger pulled a gun on Allen on a
dark street one night. "Give me all your money," the mugger said. Allen gave him
all he had. The mugger counted it and said, "This is only $27." I need a lot
more." Allen said, "Too bad. ________________________________."
8. The stock market had been rising for
weeks. Toms stock had increased 300% in value. He was ready to sell and take his
profit. He told his brother-in-law of his plans. His brother-in-law said, "I know
this psychic who can see the future. She takes investments. She guarantees in writing to
quadruple your money within six months." Tom was tempted but finally said, "No,
I dont think Ill do that. After all, ________________________________."
9. Two neighbors had had a feud lasting 40
years, often about petty problems: one neighbor put up a fence that the other neighbor
said was on his property; one neighbor built a new room on his house and the other
neighbor got angry because he said the new room blocked the morning sun, and so on.
Finally, on his 80th birthday, one neighbor decided the feud had lasted too long. He
called the other neighbor and said, "I want us to be friends before we both die. ________________________________."
10. Woman 1: "I cant understand
why there have been so many wars in the history of the world."
Woman 2: "Thats easy to explain. _________________________."
All that glitters is not gold.
His bark is worse than his bite.
Beggars cant be choosers.
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You cant squeeze blood from a turnip.
Blood is thicker than water.
Boys will be boys.
Let bygones be bygones.
Dont put the cart before the horse.
9-10 correct = Excellent.
7-8 = Good.
5-6 = Fair.
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