Learning Idioms : ” Draw”

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Here are 10 idioms with the verb draw in English. For each idiom, study the definition and read the example sentences. Next, Take the quiz to check your knowledge of what you’ve learned and then find a friend and have a discussion using these idioms with draw. To learn more idioms, you can also use short stories providing idioms in context.

1. draw a blank = not know the answer

  • I’m afraid I’m drawing a blank. I just don’t know what to do.
  • Who is that person over there? I’m drawing a blank.

2. draw a line between something and something else = distinguish between two things

  • You should draw a line between your private life and work.
  • Some people have a hard time drawing a line between friends and family.

3. draw blood = cause someone to bleed

  • He drew blood during his last five boxing matches.
  • Don’t worry, I didn’t draw any blood!

4. draw interest = create interest, become popular

  • Any time a new movie comes out, you’ll see articles in magazines trying to draw interest to the movie.
  • His crazy comments drew interest during the presidential campaign.

5. draw someone out = ask questions in order to get someone to speak in detail about something

  • Make sure to ask her lots of questions. It’s hard to draw her out and she’ll try to keep everything secret.
  • If you keep asking questions, you can draw anyone out on almost any subject.

6. draw fire away from something = create a distraction so that people don’t pay attention to something else

  • I’d like you to go out and draw fire away from the institution. Do anything you can? We can’t have people looking into this matter too deeply.
  • Politicians don’t answer direct questions in order draw fire away from something that has gone wrong.

7. draw something to a close = begin finishing a process

  • Let’s draw this meeting to a close by reviewing decisions we’ve made.
  • If you don’t mind, I’d like to draw dinner to a close. I’ve got an early flight tomorrow.

8. draw something up = create a contract, proposal, report, etc.

  • Now that we’ve agreed. Let’s draw a contract up and get to work.
  • Could you draw up a proposal for next week’s meeting?

9. draw the line at something = to set the limit of tolerance

  • I’m afraid I draw the line at speaking poorly of my friends.
  • If you were in a difficult position, would you draw the line at breaking the law to resolve your situation?

10. draw to a close = end something

  • Thank you Mary. And with that, our presentation draws to a close. Thank you for coming this evening.
  • I’d like to draw the class to a close. Remember to do your homework for Monday.

Idioms with Draw Quiz

Use one of the 10 idioms with ‘eat’ to complete the blanks. Be careful to use the correct form of the verb ‘draw’. (draw, drawing, drew)

  1. The new actor from South Africa is _________. I think she’ll be a huge success.
  2. I’d like you to _________ a contract by the end of next week.
  3. The politician _________ at the death penalty.
  4. If you can _________ from my scandal, I’ll make sure you get all of my business for the next two years.
  5. I don’t know answer. I’m _________.
  6. I’d like to _________ the meeting _________.
  7. Thank you all for coming.
  8. Ask her as many questions as you can, so you can _________.
  9. She’s a fox! I promise I didn’t _________ when I hit him!


  1. drawing interest
  2. draw up
  3. drew the line at / draws the line at
  4. draw fire away
  5. drawing a blank
  6. draw the meeting to a close
  7. draw her out
  8. draw blood

    Discuss the following questions with a friend, class mate – or ask yourself!

  1. What type of bad behavior do you draw the line at?
  2. Have you ever had to draw the fire from some bad event? What happened?
  3. How do you deal with injuries that draw blood?
  4. What type of questions make you draw a blank?
  5. How do you draw the line between work and pleasure?

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Subject and Verb Agreement

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Basic Rule
The basic rule states that a singular subject takes a singular verb, while a plural subject takes a plural verb.

NOTE: The trick is in knowing whether the subject is singular or plural. The next trick is recognizing a singular or plural verb.

Hint: Verbs do not form their plurals by adding an s as nouns do. In order to determine which verb is singular and which one is plural, think of which verb you would use with he or she and which verb you would use with they.

talks, talk
Which one is the singular form?
Which word would you use with he?
We say, “He talks.” Therefore, talks is singular.
We say, “They talk.” Therefore, talk is plural.

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Rule 1
Two singular subjects connected by or or nor require a singular verb.

My aunt or my uncle is arriving by train today.

These agreement rules do not apply to verbs used in the simple past tense without any helping verbs.

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The agreement rules do, however, apply to the following helping verbs when they are used with a main verb: is-are, was-were, has-have, does-do.

SV diagram 3

The agreement rules do not apply to has-have when used as the SECOND helping verb in a pair.

SV diagram 4

They do NOT apply to any other helping verbs, such as can, could, shall, should, may, might, will, would, must.

SV 5

The subject-verb agreement rules apply to all personal pronouns except I and you, which, although SINGULAR, require PLURAL forms of verbs.

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Go to Link—>http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduleSVAGRex1.htm   (Exercise 1)

Rule 2
Two singular subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor require a singular verb as in Rule 1.

Neither Juan nor Carmen is available.
Either Kiana or Casey is helping today with stage decorations.

Rule 3
When I is one of the two subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor, put it second and follow it with the singular verb am.

Neither she nor I am going to the festival.

Rule 4
When a singular subject is connected by or or nor to a plural subject, put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.

The serving bowl or the plates go on that shelf.

Rule 5
When a singular and plural subject are connected by either/or or neither/nor, put the plural subject last and use a plural verb.

Neither Jenny nor the others are available.

Rule 6
As a general rule, use a plural verb with two or more subjects when they are connected by and.

A car and a bike are my means of transportation.

Rule 7
Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by words such as along with, as well as, besides, or not. Ignore these expressions when determining whether to use a singular or plural verb.

The politician, along with the newsmen, is expected shortly.
Excitement, as well as nervousness, is the cause of her shaking.

Rule 8
The pronouns each, everyone, every one, everybody, anyone, anybody, someone, and somebody are singular and require singular verbs. Do not be misled by what follows of.

Each of the girls sings well.
Every one of the cakes is gone.

NOTE: Everyone is one word when it means everybody. Every one is two words when the meaning is each one.

Rule 9
With words that indicate portions—percent, fraction, part, majority, some, all, none, remainder, and so forth —look at the noun in your of phrase (object of the preposition) to determine whether to use a singular or plural verb. If the object of the preposition is singular, use a singular verb. If the object of the preposition is plural, use a plural verb.

Fifty percent of the pie has disappeared.
Pie is the object of the preposition of.
Fifty percent of the pies have disappeared.
Pies is the object of the preposition.
One-third of the city is unemployed.
One-third of the people are unemployed.

NOTE: Hyphenate all spelled-out fractions.

All of the pie is gone.
All of the pies are gone.
Some of the pie is missing.
Some of the pies are missing.
None of the garbage was picked up.
None of the sentences were punctuated correctly.
Of all her books, none have sold as well as the first one.

NOTE: Apparently, the SAT testing service considers none as a singular word only. However, according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, “Clearly none has been both singular and plural since Old English and still is. The notion that it is singular only is a myth of unknown origin that appears to have arisen in the 19th century. If in context it seems like a singular to you, use a singular verb; if it seems like a plural, use a plural verb. Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism” (p. 664).

Rule 10
The expression the number is followed by a singular verb while the expression a number is followed by a plural verb.

The number of people we need to hire is thirteen.
A number of people have written in about this subject.

Rule 11
When either and neither are subjects, they always take singular verbs.

Neither of them is available to speak right now.
Either of us is capable of doing the job.

Rule 12
The words here and there have generally been labeled as adverbs even though they indicate place. In sentences beginning with here or there, the subject follows the verb.

There are four hurdles to jump.
There is a high hurdle to jump.

Rule 13
Use a singular verb with sums of money or periods of time.

Ten dollars is a high price to pay.
Five years is the maximum sentence for that offense.

Rule 14
Sometimes the pronoun who, that, or which is the subject of a verb in the middle of the sentence. The pronouns who, that, and which become singular or plural according to the noun directly in front of them. So, if that noun is singular, use a singular verb. If it is plural, use a plural verb.

Salma is the scientist who writes/write the reports.
The word in front of who is scientist, which is singular. Therefore, use the singular verb writes.
He is one of the men who does/do the work.
The word in front of who is men, which is plural. Therefore, use the plural verb do.

Rule 15
Collective nouns such as team and staff may be either singular or plural depending on their use in the sentence.

The staff is in a meeting.
Staff is acting as a unit here.
The staff are in disagreement about the findings.
The staff are acting as separate individuals in this example.
The sentence would read even better as:
The staff members are in disagreement about the findings.


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