Archive for the ‘Words’ Category

Words to describe people

June 22nd, 2012 in Words

There are many ways and words to talk about a person’s physical appearance.

Age

A senior citizen is a very old person. A large number of them have retired from active employment and get a pension. So they can also be called pensioners.

Away and Off

June 11th, 2012 in Words

Away shows distance.

When something is away, it is at a distance.

The sea is two miles away.

Stay away! (= Stay at a distance.)

American and British English: differences in spelling

June 4th, 2012 in Words

A number of words that end in –our in British English, ends in –or in American English. Common examples are: colour / color; favour / favor; honour / honor

Using Let

March 19th, 2012 in Words

Let is followed by an object + infinitive without to.

Let him go. (NOT Let him to go.)

I won’t let you see what I am doing. (NOT I won’t let you to see what I am doing.)

The use of prefixes

January 30th, 2012 in Words

Some words are formed with the help of a prefix. A prefix is a syllable placed at the beginning of a word to qualify its meaning and form a new word. Most of the prefixes in English have been borrowed from Latin and Greek. A few are from old English. A list of the most important prefixes is given below.

Idioms with hard

January 11th, 2012 in Expressions, Words

As hard as nails

If something is as hard as nails, it is very strong. If somebody is as hard as nails, they tend not to feel sympathy or other positive emotions.

Phrasal verbs with down

November 29th, 2011 in Words

Phrasal verbs formed with down usually show a decrease in the value of something. Note that a phrasal verb can be separable or inseparable. The two parts of an inseparable phrasal verb always stays together.