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Proverbs

January 4th, 2010 in Vocabulary

A proverb is a short and wise saying with a deep meaning. Proverbs are usually based on common sense. It is also not uncommon to find the same proverb among people of different countries. The proverbs or sayings are passed from generation to generation. Like idioms, they too enrich the language. Here is a list of the most common proverbs with their meanings.

Phrasal Verbs with Bring

December 20th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Bring about (cause to happen)

His addiction to drinking brought about his ruin. (= His addition to drinking was the cause of his ruin.)
The new government has brought about many changes in the education system in the country.

Phrasal Verbs with Break

December 19th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Break away (run away, get loose or escape)

The boy tried to break away but his mother snatched his shirt.
The horse has broken away from its stable.
The cyclist broke away from the pack.

Common Errors with Prepositions

November 18th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, Vocabulary, Words

Incorrect: He is ill since last week.
Correct: He has been ill since last week.
Incorrect: He has been working since two hours.
Correct: He has been working for two hours.
Incorrect: I have not played cricket since a long time.
Correct: I have not played cricket for a long time.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part II

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Allowed and Aloud

Allowed is a verb. To allow is to let something happen.

They allowed me to go.
Children are not allowed to enter the bar.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part I

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Whether and weather

Whether is a conjunction used to introduce alternatives.

Useful Phrases

October 29th, 2009 in ESL, Vocabulary, Words

Again and again: frequently, repeatedly

We shouldn’t commit the same mistake again and again.

Now and again: once in a while, at times, from time to time, occasionally