Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall off

Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall off

Meaning: 
To decrease.

Example
The stock price of this company has fallen off.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall into

Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall into

Meaning: 
To start something.

Example
I do not know why he falls into this bad habit.


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Monday, 29 August 2016

Embrace (V.)

Embrace (V.)

Meaning
To hug.

Example
I embraced my friend after winning the match.

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Quote from Steve Jobs



Quote from Steve Jobs

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Quote from Arthur Rubinstein



Quote from Arthur Rubinstein  

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Quote from Buddha



Quote from Buddha 

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. 

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Friday, 26 August 2016

A red face (or red in the face) (Idiom)

A red face (or red in the face) (Idiom)

Meaning
Embarrassed.

Example
1. His careless mistakes gave him a red face.

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Quote from Steve Jobs


Quote from Steve Jobs 

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. 

If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Inevitable (Adj.)

Inevitable (Adj.)

Meaning
Impossible to avoid.

Example
1. Wilshere believes injuries are inevitable.

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Quote from Audrey Hepburn

Quote from Audrey Hepburn 

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible'!

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Miserable (Adj.)

Miserable (Adj.)

Meaning
Very unhappy.

Examples
1. He was miserable and depressed for lots of years.
2. She did not want to talk about her miserable past.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Seize (v.)

Seize (v.)

Meaning
To take something eagerly.

Example
1. She is ready to seize her chance in the music business.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Stale (Adj.)

Stale (Adj.)

Meaning:
To describe some food that is no longer fresh or new.

Example

I had nothing to eat at home but stale bread.


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Friday, 19 August 2016

At stake (Idiom)

At stake  (Idiom)

Meaning:
In danger of being lost.

Example
Our reputation is at stake if we can’t pay the money back on time.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Goodly (Adj.)

Goodly (Adj.)

Meaning:
Large

Example
1. A goodly number of people 

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Jaw drops

Jaw drops

Meaning: 
To show that you are very surprised.
Example
My jaw dropped when Cecilia ran faster than me last night.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Proofreading: What's wrong with this sentence?


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Answer:  
Don't be too hard on him.

Solution:
Be hard on someone

Meaning: 
Criticize someone serverely


  
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Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall in



Fall in

Meaning:
Something is dropped down.

Example
Her apartment ceiling falls in on her.

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🌟 Quote from Matt Cameron


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Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.

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🌟 Quote from Pat Riley


Quote from Pat Riley  

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Grammar Test - Threatened...?

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Answer: 
    to kill (Answer  2)  

Solution
My father threatened to kill me.

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Word of the Day - Walkover


Walkover(N.)

Meaning 
An easy victory.

Examples
1. It is going to be a walkover.
2. Tommy got a walkover in the singing competition.


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Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall for


Fall for

1. Meaning: 
To fall in love with someone.

Example
He definitely falls for her.


2. Meaning: 
To be deceived by someone.

Example
I fell for it and lost $400,000.


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🌟 Quote from Abraham Lincoln


Quote from Abraham Lincoln  

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

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🌟 Quote from Aristotle


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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. 

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Proofreading



Cross out 'about' in the sentence.

Correct answer:
We are meeting to discuss the matter tomorrow. 

  
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Word of the Day - Resentful



Resentful (adj.)

Meaning 
Feeling angry because you’re not treated equally (or fairly). 

Example
I don’t know why she is resentful about this trivial matter.

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Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall down


Fall down

Meaning: 
To fall to the ground.

Example
Sue fell down the stairs and broke her back. 

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🌟 Quote from Walt Disney


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The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

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🌟 Quote from Nelson Mandela


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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. 

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Noun - Holy grail

Holy grail

Meaning:   
Something that you really want but that is very hard to get.

Example   

Finding a secret formula to pick good stocks is the holy grail of investors.

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Grammar Test - Compound word


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Answer:
 wristwatch! :-)

Wristwatch - a watch that is worn on the wrist


  
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Latin phrase: Status quo

Meaning:   
The current state.  

Example
She is very conservative. She just wants to preserve the status quo.    

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Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall behind


Fall behind

Meaning: 
To lag behind someone or something.

Example
Airbus beat Boeing on orders but it fell behind on deliveries.


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🌟 Quote from Willie Nelson


Quote from Willie Nelson  

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

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🌟 Quote from Allen Klein


Quote from Allen Klein  

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. 

Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. 

Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.


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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Grammar Test: was sleeping ...?


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Answer: 
    soundly (Answer  4)  

Solution
sleep soundly (= sleep well)   

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Adverb

Adverbs often end with '-ly'.

An adverb is used to modify adjectives, verbs or other adverbs.

It is used to express time, place, manner and so on.

Examples
1. One simple thing can make your home extremely awesome.
(Adverb: extremely (modify an adjective 'awesome'))

2. Sarah sings beautifully.
(Adverb: beautifully (modify a verb 'sing'))

3. Jeffrey speaks very quickly.
(Adverb: very (modify an adverb 'quickly'))
 
One of the general uses of adverb is to describe how something was done.

Other examples

1. My grandpa walked slowly.
(How did my grandpa walk?)
('Slowly' is an adverb.)

2. My little baby was sleeping soundly.
(How was my little baby sleeping?)
('Soundly' is an adverb.)

3. We are reading quietly in the library.
(How are we reading in the library?)
('Quietly' is an adverb.)

4. We are in the library. Don't talk too loudly.
(How do we talk in the library?)
('Loudly' is an adverb.)

5. The children were playing football happily.
(How were the children playing football?)
('Happily' is an adverb.)

  
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Latin phrase: Vice versa

Meaning:   
With position turned. 

Example   
Students should respect teachers and vice versa.

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Phrasal Verbs with Fall - Fall back on


Fall back on

Meaning: 
To rely on.

Example
In case the power goes out, our house has a electricity generator for fall back on.


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