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Posted Date : 19-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    Give someone an inch and they will take a mile (or yard)
    Give someone a little and they will want more - some people are never satisfied.
    He who know nothing doubts nothing
    Knowledge leads us to make choices.
    If you want a friend, be a friend
    Friendship must be reciprocal.
    Penny wise, pound foolish.    
    Refers to a person who is careful about spending small amounts of money, but not careful about spending large amounts.
    Mark, learn and inwardly digest.    
    Note and reflect upon something in order to thoroughly assimilate it.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    omnishambles- A badly-managed situation, especially in politics, in which poor judgment results in blunders and miscalculations with potentially disastrous consequences.
    pig ear / pig's ear- Pieces of metal fixed to the edge of low walls, ledges, benches, steps etc. in urban areas to prevent skateboarders from sliding or jumping on them. These are also called “skateboard deterrents” or “skatestoppers”. 

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    farming (adjective)

    engaged in or concerned with agriculture years of drought had a devastating impact on the region's farming communities
    Synonyms- of farming agrarian, agricultural
    Words Related- to farming agronomic, arable [British], monocultural bucolic, georgic, pastoral, pastoralist garden aquacultural, arboricultural country, rural, rustic (also rustical), villatic
    Near Antonyms- of farming metro, metropolitan, urban industrial, industrialized
    Antonyms- of farming nonagricultural

     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.
    ease off/up- Reduce, become less severe or slow down(pain, traffic, work ...)    
    After Christmas, the workload generally eases off.
    hand back- Return    
    She read the article and then handed it back.

    Tongue Twister
    If you're keen on stunning kites and cunning stunts, buy a cunning stunning stunt kite.
    (Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

     

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Posted Date : 18-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    throw caution to the wind

    If you throw caution to the wind, you start taking risks and stop worrying about the danger involved.
    I decided to throw caution to the wind and invest in my best friend's new company.
    dog's breakfast
    To describe something as a dog's breakfast means that it is a complete mess.
    The new secretary made a dog's breakfast out of the filing system.
    get someone by the short hairs
    If you get (or have) someone by the short hairs, you put them in a difficult situation from which they cannot escape, so you have complete control over them.
    They are in no position to refuse; we've got them by the short hairs!

    BUSINESS  ENGLISH  VOCABULARY
    Money - Finance
    owe    To be in debt to someone;  to ow money to somebody.
    receipt    Written statement that money has been paid.
    tip    Small sum of money given to a waiter, taxi driver, tec.

    Common Mistakes and 
    Confusing Words in English
    neither / neither of

    Neither / neither of means not the one nor the other of two people or things.
    When 'neither' is used as an adjective or pronoun it takes a singular verb.
    For example:- Neither teacher is present.
    Neither was present.
    When we use 'neither of' there is a bit of controversy. In speech and less formal writing a plural verb is often used,
    For example:- Neither of the teachers were in the classroom.
    However, purists will insist on using singular verbs.
    For example:- Neither of the teachers was in the classroom.

    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.
    come up with- Produce an idea or plan.
    Sacha came up with a great idea for the party.
    stick (sth) out- Tolerate, accept to continue    
    Lunch with my girlfriend's colleagues was boring but I had to stick it out - I had no choice!

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Posted Date : 17-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs 
    Advice is cheap

    It doesn't cost anything to offer advice.
    Be just before you are generous
    Make sure all your debts are paid before you start offering help to others.
    Dogs of the same street bark alike
    People of the same background have the same behaviour.
     fool at forty is a fool forever.
    If a person hasn't matured by the age of 40, they never will.
    No news is good news.
    If the news was bad, we would hear of it. Since we have heard nothing, we can assume that all is wel
    One today is worth two tomorrows.    
    What you have today is better than what is promised or hoped for.

    Tongue Twister
     Corinne quit cooking quiche because she couldn’t quite cook quiche correctly.
    Excited executioner exercising his excising powers excessively.
    (Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    economy (noun)

    careful management of material resources people on fixed incomes are used to practicing eco omy
    Synonyms- of economy frugality, husbandry, parsimony, penny-pinching, providence, scrimping, skimping, thrift
    Words Related- to economy conservation, saving miserliness, niggardliness, stinginess belt-tightening, retrenchment discretion, forehandedness, prudence austerity, moderation, restraint, temperance
    Near Antonyms- of economy extravagance, improvidence, lavishness, prodigality, squande ing
    Antonyms- of economy diseconomy, wastefulness

     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.
    pick up- Learn    
    Children are quick to pick up a new language.
    look back on-    Remember the past
    My parents and their friends like to look back on "the good old days".

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Posted Date : 16-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    eat/dip into one's savings

    If you eat or dip into your savings, you spend part of the money you have put aside for future use.
    I had to dip into my savings to have the car repaired.
    fall off the back of a lorry
    Goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry are stolen goods.
    Judging by the price of that camera, it must have fallen off the back of a lorry!
    get on your high horse
    If you get on your high horse, you start behaving in a haughty manner, as though you should be treated with more respect.
    He got on his high horse when he was asked to show his membership card.

     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.
    carry out- 1) Do something as specified (plan, order, threat...) 2) Perform or conduct (test, experiment ...)    
    1) The plan was carried out to perfection.
    2) Tests are carried out to determine the efficiency of a new drug.
    show off- Brag or want to be admired    
    There's David showing off in his new sports car.

    Common Mistakes and
     Confusing Words in English

    defrost / melt
    Defrost  is a verb that means to (cause to) become free of ice, or to (cause to) become no longer frozen.
    For example: "I had to defrost the fridge before I could defrost the fish from the freezer in it."
    Melt is a verb, it means to turn from something solid into something soft or liquid.
    For example: "The ice melted in the heat."
    Note - you really don't want to melt the fridge.
    desperate / disparate
    Desperate is an adjective meaning extreme or very bad.
    For example: "The survivors were desperate for food."
    Disparate is an adjective that means different in every way.
    For example: "They came from two disparate cultures."

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    speed dating-A method of meeting a potential romantic partner by talking to a group of individuals at an organised event. Participants are rotated to meet each other for no more than eight minutes. They then move on to the next person. At the end they indicate whether they are interested in any of the people they have met.
    trashion- Blend of 'trash' and 'fashion'. Fashionable items created from old, used and recycled elements.

     

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Posted Date : 15-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    Kindle not a fire you cannot put out.
    Do not start something that you cannot control; you may fail or cause damage
    Many hands make light work
    Sharing work makes the task easier.
    You should be helpful to someone who helps you
    One of these days is none of these days.
    Spare the rod and spoil the child
    If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.
    Time and tide wait for no man
    Delaying a decision will not prevent events from taking place.

     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.
    fill out-    Complete (a form/application)    
    Please fill out the enclosed form and send it back as soon as possible.
    single out- Select for special attention    
    Two boys were singled out for extra coaching.

    Common Mistakes and 
    Confusing Words in English

    beside / besides
    beside is a preposition of place that means at the side of or next to.
    For example: The house was beside the Thames.
    besides is an adverb or preposition. It means in addition to or also.
    For example: Besides water, we carried some fruit. = "In addition to water, we carried some fruit."
    dose / doze
    Dose as a noun means a measured amount of something, especially medicine. As a verb it means to give someone a measured amount of medicine. 
    For example: Even with the medicine we dose him with, he seems to be getting worse instead of better.
    Doze is also a noun and a verb. The verb means to have a short sleep, especially during the day and "a doze" is a short sleep.
    For example: I often doze off after dinner.

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Posted Date : 14-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    cherry pick

    When you cherry pick, you choose something with great care and select only the best.
    Top university graduates are often cherry-picked by large companies.
    doom and gloom
    A general atmosphere of pessimism, and a feeling that the situation is not going to improve, is referred to as doom and gloom.
    Fortunately it's not doom and gloom for all businesses, in spite of the economic situation.
    excuse my French
    This expression is used as an apology for using crude or offensive language.
    He's a bloody nuisance, if you'll excuse my French. 

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    anklington- Blend of the words 'ankle' and 'wellington'. A short wellington boot.  A wellington boot is a rubber boot worn in wet conditions.
    bitcoin- Bitcoin is both a cryptocurrency and an electronic payment system. It allows people to send or receive money across the Internet without going through a financial institution.
    carjacking- Blend of 'car' and 'hijacking'. When a car driver is forced to give up his vehicle or drive to a destination designated by the attacke

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    property (noun)

    1. a small piece of land that is developed or available for development bought a secluded property in the mountains
    Synonyms- of property parcel, plat, plot, lot, tract
    Words Related- to property patch frontage lease development real estate
    2. something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind the ability to be magnetized is a common property of metals
    Synonyms- of property affection, attribute, attribution, character, criterion, diagnostic, differentia, feature, fingerprint, hallmark, mark, marker, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, characteri tic, quality, specific, stamp, touch, trait
    Words Related- to property badge, indication, sign emblem, symbol, token charm, grace excellence, merit, virtue eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, quirk individuality, singularity, uniqueness.

     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.
    line up-Stand in a row.    
    The books were lined up neatly on the shelves.
    pull through- Overcome difficulties or illness
    My grandmother caught pneumonia but she pulled through.

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Posted Date : 13-Jan-2018
  • An idiom a day, keeps  confusion away 
    Dog and pony show
    (USA) A dog and pony show is a presentation or some marketing that has lots of style, but no real content.
    Economical with the truth
    (UK) If someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying.
    Fall on your sword
    If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
    Get the show on the road
    If you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    Analysis paralysis- The total inability to reach a decision due to over-analysis of a situation.
    Droolworthy- Something so attractive or exciting that it makes you want to have it e.g. a droolworthy dress, a droolworthy cake, etc.

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    fitness (noun)

    1. the condition of being sound in body 
    “a gymnastics program promoting fitness and agility in school-aged children”
    Synonyms- health, healthiness, heartiness, robustness, sap, soundness, verdure, wellness, wholeness, wholesomeness
    Near Antonyms- debility, decrepitude, feebleness, frailness, infirmity, lameness, sickliness, weakness; ailment, condition, disease, disorder, malady, trouble
    Antonyms- illness, sickness, unhealthiness, unsoundness
    2. the quality or state of being especially suitable or fitting 
    “I have to question the fitness of wearing a bright red dress to a funeral”
    Synonyms- appositeness, aptness, felicitousness, felicity, appropriateness, fittingness, happiness, properness, propriety, rightness, seemliness, suitability, suitableness
    Near Antonyms- disagreeableness, incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, inexpedience, inexpediency, inharmoniousness, unbecomingness; immateriality, inapplicability, irrelevance, irrelevancy; meaninglessness, pointlessness.

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Posted Date : 11-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    Practice what you preach

    Do yourself what you advise others to do.
    Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me
    Physical attacks may harm me, but cruel words will  not.
    The end justifies the means
    Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the result of the action is good.
    Where there's a will there's a way
    If you are determined to do something, you will find a way to do it.

     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.
    answer back- Reply rudely
     Don't answer back your mother!
    come up against- Be faced with or opposed by.
    The project came up against a lot of criticism.

    kneel down- Go down on your knees    
    Most people kneel down to pray.

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    fruit (noun)

    1. a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause 
    “one fruit of your faithfulness in carrying out your duties will be more rewarding responsibilities”
    Synonyms- aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, child, conclusion, consequence, corollary, development, fate, effect, issue, outcome, outgrowth, precipitate, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot
    Near Antonyms- consideration, determinant, factor; base, basis, foundation, ground, groundwork; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, spring
    Antonyms- antecedent, causation, cause, occasion, reason
    2. something produced by physical or intellectual effort 
    “a “miracle drug” that was the fruit of years of research and development”
    Synonyms- affair, product, handiwork, labor, output, produce, production, thing, work, yield
    3. the descendants of a person, animal, or plant 
    “according to the Bible, God promised Abraham that the fruit of his loins would someday become a great nation”
    Synonyms- offspring, get, issue, posterity, progeny, seed, spawn

     

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Posted Date : 10-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    not have a clue

    If you don't have a clue about something, you don't know anything about it.
    My wife's grandmother's maiden name? I don't have a clue!
    with flying colours
    To achieve something with flying colours means to do it very successfully.
    My daughter passed the entrance exam with flying colours.  I'm so proud of her.
    go postal
    If someone goes postal, they lose their temper and express their anger in a violent way.
    My parents will go postal when they see the state of the house!

     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.
    liven up-Make something livelier or more attractive.    
    We need to liven up the presentation somehow.
    sign over (to)- Transfer ownership of something
    He signed over the house to his two children.

    Common Mistakes and
     Confusing Words in English

    borrow / lend
    To lend: Meaning: to hand out usually for a certain length of time.
    Banks lend money.
    Libraries lend books.
    For example: "My mother lent me some money, and I must pay her back soon."
    To borrow: Meaning: to take with permission usually for a certain length of time.
    You can borrow money from a bank to buy a house or a car.
    You can borrow books for up to 4 weeks from libraries in England.
    For example: "I borrowed some money off my mother, and I must pay her back soon."
     For a happy life - Never a borrower nor a lender be.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    noughties- The years between 2000 and 2009 which contain a 'nought' (zero), in the same way as other decades are called the 'thirties', 'sixties', etc 
    omnishambles- A badly-managed situation, especially in politics, in which poor judgment results in blunders and miscalculations with potentially disastrous consequences.
    password wallet- An online service where a person’s passwords can be stored and managed. 

     

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Posted Date : 09-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    A cat has nine lives.    

    1) Cats can survive many accidents because 
    they land on their feet without injury., 2) Nine lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to  stray, 3 years to stay.
    Constant occupation prevents temptation
    When you are busy working, you avoid temptation.
    (An) Englishman's  home is his castle.    
    An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes.
    Friendship is love with understanding.    
    A friend is more tolerant than a lover/partner/spouse?
    (A) guilty conscience needs no accuser.    
    If you know that you have done something wrong, you don't need anyone to tell you that you're guilty.

     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.
    put on- Wear a garment or piece of clothing.
    Put on your coat - it's getting cold.
    take in- Allow to stay in one's home    
    She's always taking in stray cats and dogs!

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    darkness (noun)

    1a time or place of little or no light the raiding party snuck up under cover of darkness
    Synonyms- of darkness black, blackness, candlelight, dark, dusk, gloaming, gloom, murk, night, semidarkness, shade, shadows, twilight, umbra
    Near Antonyms- of darkness moonlight, starlight, sunlight effulgence, radiance, radiancy, shine, sunshine incandescence, luminance, luminescence, luminosity, luminousness
    Antonyms- of darkness blaze, brightness, brilliance, day, daylight, glare, glow, light, lightness
    2. the quality or state of having a veiled or uncertain meaning the darkness of certain passages in the Book of Revelation
    Synonyms- of darkness ambiguity, ambiguousness, obscurity, equivocalness, equivocation, inscrutability, inscrutableness, murkiness, mysteriousness, nebulosity.
    Near Antonyms- of darkness comprehensibility, intelligibility, legibility brightness, distinctness, self-evidence certainty, surety definiteness, exactness, explicitness, incision, incisiveness, lucid ty,.
    Antonyms- of darkness clarity, clearness, obviousness, plainness
    3. the time from sunset to sunrise when there is no visible sunlight let's wait for darkness before telling ghost stories
    Synonyms- of darkness dark, night, nighttime
    Antonyms- of darkness day, daytime
    4. an overspreading element that produces an atmosphere of gloom the darkness of that per od of my life is best forgotten
    Synonyms- of darkness cloud, pall, shadow

     

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Posted Date : 08-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    work fingers to bone

    A person who works their fingers to the bone is extremely hardworking.
    He deserves his success; he worked his fingers to the bone when he started the business.
    get it down to a fine art
    When, through practice or experience, you learn how to do something perfectly, you get it down to a fine art.
    She's got the use of social networking down to a fine art.
    in a stew
    When someone is in a stew about something, they are worried and agitated.
    When she was organizing the wedding reception, Laura got into a stew over the seating arrangements.

    Tongue Twister
    Singing Sammy sung songs on sinking sand.
    The ruddy widow really wants ripe watermelon and red roses when winter arrives.
    (Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

    Common Mistakes and 
    Confusing Words in English
    ambivalent / indifferent

    Ambivalent is an adjective we use to show when we're uncertain about how we feel about something or we're unable to decide what to do. People sometimes use it to show that they don't care one way or the other.
    For example: " At the end of two sessions she was ambivalent about making another appointment."
    Indifferent is an adjective, which means not interested or not thinking about something or someone.
    For example: "She found it very hard to teach a class of indifferent teenagers." 

     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.
    consist in- Have something as its principal or only feature    
    The elegance of the building consists in its simplicity.
    keep at- Persevere.    
    His father encouraged him to keep at his studies.

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Posted Date : 07-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    (A) good beginning makes a good end.
    If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be well done.
    Half a loaf is better than none
    You should be grateful for something, even if it is not as much as you wanted. 
    It takes all sorts to make a world.
    People vary in character and abilities, and this is a good thing.
    Knowledge is power.
    The more knowledge or education you have, the better your chances are of being successful in life.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    cloud computing-A computing service which enables access to a shared pool of resources (servers, data storage, applications, etc.) over the Internet. Users can access and use tools or applications on a temporary basis, without having to install them on their computers.
    docusoap- Blend of 'documentary' and 'soap'.(soap opera: sentimental TV serial) 
    A 'docusoap' is a reality television programme in the style of a documentary.

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    art (noun)

    1. an occupation requiring skillful use of the hands one of the country's finest practitioners of the art of cabinetmaking
    Synonyms- of art craft, handcraft, handicraft, trade
    Words Related- to art skill calling, métier (also metier), occupation, profession, vocation
    2. subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something while some people see it simply as mindless fun or exercise, there is an art to skateboarding
    Synonyms- of art adeptness, adroitness, skill, artfulness, artifice, artistry, cleverness, craft, cu ning, deftness, masterfulness, skillfulness
    Words Related- to art dexterity, ease, finesse, handiness experience, expertise, expertness, know-how, proficiency creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, knowledge, learning aptitude, bent, flair, gift, knack, talent
    Near Antonyms- of art amateurishness, awkwardness, clumsiness, crudeness, klutziness, rudeness inability, inadequacy, inadequateness, incapability, incapacity, incompetence, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, ineffic cy, inefficiency
    Antonyms- of art artlessness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness

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Posted Date : 06-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    dead loss

    Someone or something described as a dead loss is absolutely useless or a complete failure.
    When it comes to gardening, my brother is a dead loss.
    eat a horse
    If you say that you could eat a horse you mean that you are very hungry.
    Let's get something to eat. I'm starving. I could eat a horse!
    face only a mother could love
    This is a humoristic way of saying that someone is ugly or unattractive.
    The poor guy has a face only a mother could love.

     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.
    pass away-Die    
    The old lady passed away peacefully.
    keep on- Continue doing something    
    I told him to be quiet but he kept on making noise.

    Common Mistakes and
     Confusing Words in English
    allude / elude

    To allude to something is a verb. It means to refer to something indirectly.
    For example: He alluded to the scandal without direclty mentioning it.
    To elude something is a verb. It can mean to escape or evade capture in a clever way, or you can use it to express a lack of understanding of something.
    For example: He eluded the police for 25 years.
    The rules of English spelling continually elude me.

    ENGLISH  VOCABULARY
    Environment
    Word        Meaning
    compost    A mixture of decaying organic             matter such as leaves, wood             and manure.
    dead zone    Area of water containing low             levels of oxygen in which fish,             plants and other aquatic life             find it difficult to survive.
    ground water    Water found below the surface         of the land, usually in porous             rock formations.

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Posted Date : 05-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs
    (The) best things in life are free.
    You don't have to pay for what is important: happiness, friendship, good health.
    Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
    When you are separated from the person you love, your feelings are even stronger.
    Early to bed, and early to rise, makes 
    a man healthy, wealthy and wise.    
    It is much better for you to go to bed early and to get up early in the morning.

     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.
    break free-Detach from a physical hold.
    He broke free from his attacker's grasp.
    deal with- Handle, take care of (problem, situation)    
    The manager is good at dealing with difficult customers.

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    conference (noun)

    1. a body of people come together in one place
    “the conference voted to conclude that day's meeting and to resume discussions the next morning”
    Synonyms- assemblage, assembly, conference, congregation, convocation, ingathering, meeting, muster
    2. a meeting featuring a group discussion <a conference on the need for international cooperation in combating emerging viruses>
    Synonyms- colloquy, conference, council, panel, panel discussion, parley, powwow, round-robin, roundtable, seminar, symposium
    Related Words colloquium; caucus, town meeting; assembly, conclave, congregation, congress, consistory, convention, convocation, synod; debate, deliberation; brainstorming; chat room, newsgroup
    3. an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue <a parent-teacher conference to discuss a student having trouble in school
    Synonyms- argument, argumentation, argy-bargy [chiefly British], back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), give-and-take, palaver, parley, talk.

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Posted Date : 04-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    keep a lid on

    If you keep the lid on something, you hide it or control it to prevent people from finding out about it.
    The company tried to keep a lid on the negotiations but word got out to the press.
    love me, love my dog
    This expression means that if someone loves you, they must love everything about you, including everyone and everything you love.
    Harry didn't like Sally's best friend, but Sally said : 'love me, love my dog!'
    moonlight flit
    Someone who does a moonlight flit leaves a place quickly and in secret, usually to avoid paying debts.
    Just before the rent was due he did a moonlight flit.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    Guesstimate- Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'. A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
    Landline- A telephone connected to wires in a fixed location as opposed to  a mobile or cell phone.
    spinnish- The language used by spin doctors, spokes-persons, campaign managers, etc. when trying to present information in a favourable light. 

    Common Mistakes and
     Confusing Words in English
    oncentrate / concentrated

    The verb - When you concentrate you direct all your efforts towards a particular activity, subject or problem.
    For example: You need to concentrate harder when you listen to something in another language.
    The adjective - If something is concentrated it means it has had some liquid removed.
    For example: I prefer freshly squeezed orange juice to concentrated.
    Note- The simple past of "to concentrate" is "concentrated" this is where the confusion may arise.
    For example: She concentrated very hard in the exam.

     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.
    blow up- 1) Explode, 2) Be destroyed by an explosion.
    1) The terrorists said the bomb would blow  up at 9 o'clock. 2) The car blew up but luckily there was  nobody in it.
    even out- 1) Eliminate differences of opinion. 2) Become level or regular    
    1) After a long discussion they managed to even out their differences. 2) The road was evened out to make it safer.

     

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Posted Date : 03-Jan-2018
  • Proverbs

    (An) Englishman's  home is his castle.
    An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes. 
    False friends are worse than open enemies.
    It's better to know who your real enemies are rather than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back. 
    (A) guilty conscience needs no accuser.
    If you know that you have done something wrong, you don't need anyone to tell you that you're guilty.
    If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
    If just wishing for something were enough to make it happen, then even the poorest of people would have everything they wanted. Wishing alone is not sufficient; you must act as well.

    Tongue Twister
     Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye. If cows could fly I’d have a cow pie in my eye.
    Willy’s real rear whee.l
    (Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    sorrow (verb)
    to feel deep sadness or mental pain. the soldier's widow continued to sorrow long after her hu band's last letter had turned yellow with age
    Synonyms- of sorrow agonize, anguish, bleed, hurt, mourn, grieve, suffer
    Words Related- to sorrow ache, long (for), pine (away), sigh, smart rack, torment, torture bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament, rue bawl, blubber, cry, groan, howl, keen, moan, sob, take on, wail, weep, yammer, yowl languish regret.
    Near Antonyms- of sorrow beam, cheer, crow, delight, exult, glory, joy, laugh, ravish, rejoice, triumph assure, cheer, comfort, commiserate, console, reassure, solace, soothe, sympathize.

     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.
    keep up with- Stay at the same level as someone or something
    Bill walks so fast it's difficult to keep up with him.
    move out- Leave your home/office for another one.    
    My neighbour is leaving.  He's moving out next Saturday.

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Posted Date : 03-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    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.

    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    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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Posted Date : 01-Jan-2018
  • Idiom
    cross your mind

    If an idea or thought crosses your mind, you suddenly think of it.
    It just crossed my mind that the shops are closed today.
    on the fly
    If you do something on the fly, you do it quickly, without thinking much about it, while doing something else.
    I'm so busy I usually have lunch on the fly.
    grab a bite to eat
    If you grab a bite to eat, you get something to eat quickly.
    We should have time to grab a bite to eat before the show.

     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.
    rub out-Erase    
    Write it in pencil so that you can rub it out.
    Lose an- opportunity to do something.    
    If you leave before Saturday you'll miss out on the party.

    Synonyms and Antonyms
    effect  (noun)

    1. a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause better health is always one of the effects of improved hygiene
    Synonyms- of effect aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, child, conclusion, consequence, corollary, development, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, precipitate, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot
    Near Antonyms- of effect consideration, determinant, factor base, basis, foundation, ground, groundwork impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus mother, origin, root, source, spring
    Antonyms- of effect antecedent, causation, cause, occasion, reason
    2. the power to bring about a result on another religion has a profound effect on our lives
    Synonyms- of effect impact, influence, mark, repercussion, sway
    Near Antonyms- of effect helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness
    3. effects pl  transportable items that one owns
    the family packed up its household effects and moved to Florida
    Synonyms- of effect belongings, chattels, duds, effects, gear, goods, holdings, movables (or moveables), paraphernalia, personal effects, personal property, personalty, plunder [chiefly dialect], stuff, things
    Near Antonyms- of effect immovables, real estate

     

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Posted Date : 30-Dec-2017
  • Idiom
    cut it out

    If you say 'cut it out' to someone, you are telling them to stop doing something.
    I've had enough of your insinuations, so just cut it out!
    no flies on (someone)
    To say that there are no flies on someone means that they are quick to understand and cannot be tricked or deceived easily.
    It's better to tell him all the facts.  There are no flies on him.
    go out the window
    If a quality, principle or opportunity goes out the window, it disappears, is lost or abandoned.
    When the plant closed down, all hopes of finding a job went out the window.


    NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
    Screenager: A young person or teenager who spends a lot of time in front of the computer screen.
    Textual harassment: Sending text messages to mobile phones which insult or abuse people.
    Nevertiree : A person who continues to work after they have reached the age of retirement.


    Synonyms and Antonyms
    print (noun)

    1. a perceptible trace left by pressure one telltale sign that I had been napping was the print left by the chenille bedspread on my cheek
    Synonyms- of print impress, impression, imprint, stamp
    2. a picture created from an image recorded on a light sensitive surface by a camera
    we now get our prints developed online
    Synonyms- of print photo, pic, photograph, shot, snap, snapshot
    Words Related- to print blowup, close-up, enlargement, still telephoto daguerreotype, ferrotype, monochrome, sepia, tintype


     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.
    nod off- Fall asleep    
    My grandfather often nods off in front of the television.
    put forward- Propose or recommend something
    The chairman put forward a new plan.
    take out- Extract from somewhere.    
    She took out a pen to note the address.
     

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Posted Date : 29-Dec-2017
  • Proverbs
    (An) Englishman's  home is his castle
    An Englishman's home is a place where he feels safe, enjoys privacy and can do as he wishes.
    (A) good beginning makes a good end
    If a task is carefully planned, there's a better chance that it will be well done.
    If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good for hay nor grain
    Plants and grains will grow badly if there is no rain in early spring.

     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.
    give away- 1) Give something free of charge. 2) Reveal something.
    1) He gave away most of his paintings. 2) The names of the witnesses will not be given away.

    Common Mistakes and
     Confusing Words in English
    alone / lonely

    Alone, can be used as an adjective or adverb. Either use means without other people or on your own.
    For example: "He likes living alone." "I think we're alone now." = There are just the two of us here.
    Lonely is an adjective which means you are unhappy because you are not with other people.
    For example: "The house feels lonely now that all the children have left home."
    Note - Just because you're alone, doesn't mean you're lonely.

     ENGLISH  VOCABULARY
    Advertising

    Word             Meaning
    billboard    Signboard for advertising             posters.
    direct mail    Advertisement sent by post to             prospective customers.
    editing        Reviewing or rewriting in order         to make suitable for publica            tion.

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