Frequency of Use: Medium
You are a 15-year-old high school student. While you are studying in your bedroom at home, your mother barges into your room and yells at you. She tells you that you are grounded, and she takes away your home. When you ask why, she tells you that she found a bottle of beer in the car. She is now going to contact your uncle who is a police officer.
You try to convince your mother that it wasn’t your bottle, and she is barking up the wrong tree. In fact, you strongly believe that it was your brother because you have seen him drink before. Unfortunately, your mom doesn’t believe you because your brother is an outstanding student, volunteers in the community, and takes good care of your mother’s dog.
So, what are you going to do to convince your mother that she is barking up the wrong tree, and she needs to take a more careful look at your brother?
“I’m going to talk to my brother’s friends to see if they know anything about his drinking.”
Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it.