The English Corner 14 April

Posted Date : 14-Apr-2018

lose the plot

If a situation becomes so confusing that you are unable to understand what is happening or what you are supposed to do, you lose the plot.
His instructions were so long and confusing that I just lost the plot!
money for jam
A very easy way of earning money is called money for jam.
All you've got to do is hand out brochures.  It's money for jam!
reach for the moon
If you reach for the moon, you are very ambitious and try to achieve something even it it is difficult.
Jenny is talented and ambitious; she always tends to reach for the moon.

 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.
hit on/upon- Find unexpectedly or by inspiration
She hit upon an idea for her new collection.
leaf through- Turn over pages quickly    
She leafed through a magazine in the waiting room.

Synonyms and Antonyms
service ( noun)

1. an act of kind assistance 
“performed many services for the charitable organization”
Synonyms- benevolence, boon, courtesy, grace, indulgence, kindness, mercy, service, turn
Near Antonyms- hindrance, hurdle, impediment, interference, obstacle
2. the capacity for being useful for some purpose
“that broom is worn out beyond all service”
Synonyms- account, avail, mileage, service, serviceability, serviceableness, usefulness, utility
Near Antonyms- inapplicability, inappropriateness
3. the combined army, air force, and navy of a nation  “at the time the country had about a million men and women in the service”
Synonyms- colors, military, service, troops
Near Antonyms- civilians, noncombatants
4. a large unit of a governmental, business, or educational organization 
“the OSS, the nation's wartime intelligence service”
Synonyms- agency, arm, branch, bureau, department, desk, office, service

Tongue Twister
Frogfeet, flippers, swimfins.
Singing Sammy sung songs on sinking sand.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

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