January 14th, 2014 in Words
These words have very similar meanings.
To hire or rent something is to pay money so that you can use it for a limited period of time. Both hire and rent can be used with certain nouns. There is no difference of meaning.
September 5th, 2013 in Words
Ask is one of the commonest verbs in English. It is sometimes used incorrectly. The verb ask cannot be followed by the preposition to. It can be followed by either a direct or an indirect object.
August 23rd, 2013 in Words
The word other can be used as a determiner or a pronoun.
When used as a determiner, other is followed by a plural noun.
April 14th, 2013 in Words
Audience and spectators
The words audience and spectators have slightly different meanings. An audience is a group of people who have assembled at a place to see or hear a film, a speech or a performance.
February 9th, 2013 in Words
To blackmail somebody is to exhort money or something else of value from them by the threat of exposing information that will harm them in many ways. Blackmailing is a punishable offence.
February 6th, 2013 in Words
Carte Blanche is one of those phrases loaned from French. This French expression is pronounced ‘cart BLONSH’. Note that the main stress falls on the second word. To give somebody carte blanche is to give them complete freedom to do whatever they want.
January 15th, 2013 in Words
Is it distinct or distinctive?
The words distinct and distinctive have slightly different meanings. In most cases, they are not interchangeable.
Distinct means ‘clear’ or ‘unmistakable’.