The English Corner 2 January

Posted Date : 03-Jan-2018

dumbing down

If something, such as a television programme or a film production, is dumbed down, it is deliberately made less intelligent or less demanding in order to attract a larger audience.
Some TV channels are dumbing down their programmes in an attempt to increase their audience ratings.
enough said
This expression is used to indicate that you completely understand the situation and you do not need any further details.
Your mother-in-law arrived unexpectedly last night?  Enough said!
fair-weather friend
Someone who acts as a friend when times are good, and is not there when you are in trouble, is called a fair-weather friend.
I thought I could count on Bill, but I've discovered he's just a fair-weather friend.

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.
figure out- Understand / find the answer
I'm trying to figure out how to assemble the wardrobe.
make out- be able to hear or read something
I can't make out what's written on the board

Common Mistakes and 
Confusing Words in English

know (v) / now (adv)
Know as a verb is used to show you knowledge or information concerning someone or something.
For example: "He always knows exactly what time it is."
Now as an adverb, is used to describe the present time or moment.
For example: "Where are you working now?"
Note Do you know the difference between them now?
ointment / ornament
Ointment (uncountable noun) is a smooth oily substance that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes.
For example:- The doctor told me to apply the ointment to the wound twice a day.
An ornament (countable noun) is is something used purely for decoration, it has no practical purpose
For example: The Spirit of Ecstasy is the bonnet ornament on Rolls-Royce cars.

gastrosexuals- A new generation of men who see cooking more as a hobby than a household chore, and use their cooking skills to impress friends and potential partners. 
jigsaw family- A family which includes the children from each partner's previous relationship(s), in addition to any children they may have together.

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