The English Corner 19 December

Posted Date : 19-Dec-2017

Kindle not a fire you cannot put out
Do not start something that you cannot control; you may fail or cause damage.
Nothing ventured nothing gained.    
You cannot expect to achieve anything if you take no risks.
One father is (worth) more than a hundred schoolmasters.
A teacher cannot replace a father. A child is raised by a father and taught by a teacher.
Prevention is better than cure.
It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.
Tall oaks grow from little acorns.    Great things may come from small beginnings.

Baggravation- Blend of the words 'bag' and 'aggravation'. A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers' bags have.
Catfish - A person who sets up a false profile on a social networking site  in order to deceive others or for fraudulent purposes.
Flash mob- A crowd that gathers in a pre-determined place, performs an action then disperses very quickly. The mob is not told exactly what to do until just before the event.

Common Mistakes and 
Confusing Words in English

a lot / alot / allot
A lot, meaning a large amount or number of people or things, can be used to modify a noun.
For example:- "I need a lot of time to develop this web site."
It can also be used as an adverb, meaning very much or very often.
For example:- "I look a lot like my sister."
It has become a common term in speech; and is increasingly used in writing.
Allot is a verb, which means to give (especially a share of something) for a particular purpose:-
For example: "We were allotted a desk each."
Note - Alot does not exist! There is no such word in the English language. If you write it this way - imagine me shouting at you - "No Such Word!"

 Phrasal Verbs
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
dig up- 1) Break up the soil/remove by digging. 2) Discover or reveal information.
1) He tried to dig up the tree by its roots.
2) Some newspapers often try to dig up  scandalous information.
pull through- Overcome difficulties or illness
My grandmother caught pneumonia but she pulled through


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