The English Corner 4 November, 2018

Posted Date : 04-Nov-2018

Every cloud has a silver lining
There is a positive or hopeful side to every situation.
Haste makes waste
If something is done too quickly, it may be done carelessly and need to be redone.
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice
An unusual event is not likely to occur again in exactly the same circumstances.
Spare the rod and spoil the child
If you don't punish a child when he does wrong, you will spoil his character.

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 up-Stop ing something.    
Sarah gave up smoking five years ago.
talk out of- Persuade someone not to do something
I tried to talk Amy out of leaving her job.

A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries
Radio: (electromagnetism, theory of) James Clerk Maxwell, England, 1873; (spark coil, generator of electromagnetic waves)Heinrich Hertz, Germany, 1886; (first practical system of wireless telegraphy) Guglielmo Marconi, Italy, 1895; (first long-distance telegraphic radio signal sent across the Atlantic) Marconi, 1901; (vacuum electron tube, basis for radio telephony) Sir John Fleming, England, 1904; (triode amplifying tube) Lee de Forest, U.S., 1906; (regenerative circuit, allowing long-distance sound reception) Edwin H. Armstrong, U.S., 1912; (frequency modulation-FM) Edwin H. Armstrong, U.S., 1933.

Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
either / as well / too
As well / Too are used with an affirmative verb when you are agreeing with something someone does or likes etc.
For example:- B agrees with A in the positive
A - "I love ice cream." B - "I love it too." / "I love it as well."
A- "I've seen Gladiator." B - "I've seen it too." / " I've seen it as well."
Either is used with a negative verb when you are agreeing with something someone doesn't do or like etc.
For example:- B agrees with A in the negative
A - "I don't like cheese." B - "I don't like it either." 
A- "I haven't seen Lord of the Rings." B - "I haven't seen it either."

selfie stick- A metal stick (usually extendable) which holds your phone or camera and allows you to take a selfie photograph from a distance. 
tech neck- Wrinkles around the neck caused by looking down at phones, tablets, etc

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