The English Corner 12 May

Posted Date : 12-May-2018

Achilles heel

This expression refers to a vulnerable area or a weak spot, in an otherwise strong situation, that could cause one's downfall or failure.
He's extremely intelligent, but his inability to speak in public is his Achilles heel.
back into shape
To get yourself back into shape, you need to take some exercise in order to become fit and healthy again.
Eva decided she'd have to get back into shape before looking for a job.
carve out a niche
A person or company who carves out a niche concentrates on a particular segment of the market, to which they supply a product or service, and develop their expertise in that area.
In today's competitive market it is better to carve out a niche and try to become the best in that area.

 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.
check out- 1) Pay one's bill and leave (a hotel) 2) Investigate or verify.    
1) Is Mr. Bush still at the hotel? No, he checked out this morning. 2) I don't know if the address is still valid. I'll check it out.

Common Mistakes and 
Confusing Words in English

destroy / destruct
Destroy is a verb that means to put an end to the existence of something by damaging or attacking it, or to completely ruin or spoil something.
For example: April didn't want to destroy her silk pillow in a pillow fight.
Destruct is also a verb, but we don't use it much in British English. You might see it with a prefix, such as self-destruct or auto-destruct.
For example: The machine will self-destruct if you tamper with it.

Word        Meaning
biodegradable  Capable of being broken down             or decomposed by natural bio            logical processes.
carcinogen     A substance that may cause             cancer in animals or humans.
disposable    Refers to material designed to             be thrown away after use.

Tongue Twister
 Excited executioner exercising his excising powers excessively.
 Tommy Tucker tried to tie Tammy’s Turtles tie.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

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