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Should/Ought to/Had better

September 30, 2012

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Team “should”, “ought to” and “had better” emphasize recommendation and advice, though each on a different level. 1. Should is light, less serious advice. 2. Ought to might not be that serious too, but being little cautious wouldn’t harm anybody. For negative clauses using ought to, we must omit “to” e.g. you ought not stay near the dog. 3. Had […]

Easy phrases of easieness

September 24, 2012

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As easy as pie E: Baking an apple pie is as easy as pie. As easy as ABC E: Alphabet is as easy as ABC As easy as day E: Everything is as easy as day, if you are bright. As easy as winking E: Why don’t you ever smile? It’s free and as easy as winking. […]

By myself or on my own?

September 23, 2012

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“By yourself” and “on your own” are often interchangeable, but there is a slight difference you might have wanted to know. But if you use one for another, no one will cut your head off.) – If you do all by yourself, you are usually lonely or alone. – If you do all on your own, you are […]

“Costs an arm and a leg”

September 22, 2012

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~ Refers to something which is ridiculously expensive ~ Informal E: These Prada shoes cost me an arm and a leg, now I have no money to pay my rent. E: I’m disappointed nobody appreciated my diamond lamp and leopard carpet, both cost me an arm and a leg! I guess no one has a fine taste as I do.

Exhaustive ways of saying you’re “tired”

September 18, 2012

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I’m beat I’m dog-tired I’m horse-tired I’m exhausted I’m done I’m beat tired I’m tired out I’m rundown I’m weary I’m fighting to stay awake I’m worn out I’m done like toast I need to turn in I’m petered out I’m spent I’m washed-out I’m tuckered out I’m done in, I can’t take it anymore […]

When and for

September 12, 2012

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What is “for” used for? When to use “when”? That’s the question. For – prep. describing a duration of something. When – adv,conj. if two short events happen at the same time, we use when. E: When it snows, I feel happy. When Lisa lived in Sweden, she met the man of her dreams. A virus will spread […]

“Come to terms with something”

September 11, 2012

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~ To accept a difficult and unpleasant situation in your life E: Joshua had to come to terms with the fact he did not get the Xbox he wanted so bad. E: It’s hard for me to come to terms that I’m not clever and handsome enough to become a date adviser.

Practise/Practice makes perfect?

September 3, 2012

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Confusion over spelling of practise and practice is quite common among students. Here are some tips to spot it out. Practise – a verb Practice – a noun – “S” for action and “C” for subject, e.g, advise (v), advice (n) E: I have to practise to be the perfect one. E: Practice makes perfect. […]