B1 Metaphors

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When you use metaphors, words are given a different but similar meaning to their original meaning. This can make the language more interesting.

studying, metaphor

She’s drowning in work.

The student is not actually drowning, she just has a lot of work. Another phrase with the same meaning is: She is up to her eyes in work.

We often use metaphorical language in stories. You can usually work out what the phrases mean if you know the usual meaning of the words.

The vocabulary is taken from the recommended word list for the B1 Preliminary Exam providing you with a better chance of being successful.


  1. Look for the words in the word search
  2. Solve the crossword.
  3. Tick the correct answer.
  4. Complete the sentences by writing one in the gap.

B1 Metaphors Activities

1 Word Search2 Crossword3 Definitions4 WritingWord List

In order to play our metaphors crossword puzzle, you need to click on the numbered boxes to reveal the clues.

Here are the keywords and phrases associated with metaphors:

  • be in the dark
  • be kept in the picture
  • be up to my eyes in work
  • blanket of snow
  • cold person
  • drowning in work
  • feel a weight on
  • feel lost
  • flies past
  • future is bright
  • give someone a hand
  • numbers are falling
  • green
  • high
  • keep an eye on
  • stormy situation
  • uncover something secret
  • visit a website

More exercises available:

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
We add reading and writing exercises on a regular basis. Why not bookmark our site, so you can come back to practice anywhere or at any time of the day?

Part 1 - Read five real-world notices, messages and other short texts for the main message.

Part 2 - Match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic, showing detailed comprehension.

Part 3 - Read a longer text for detailed comprehension, gist, inference and global meaning, as well as writer’s attitude and opinion.

Part 4 - Read a longer text from which five sentences have been removed. Show understanding of how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.

Write about 100 words, answering the email and notes provided.

In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A2 Key test.

Part 3 - Gap-Filled Exercise

The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First

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