Saturday, July 14, 2018

Word of the Month Across, around and below


Word of the Month

Across, around and below

across has traditionally been used to refer only to physical position or movement but now if a person is across a subject, they are knowledgeable about it or dealing with it.


1. at or to a lower level or position than somebody/something
He dived below the surface of the water.
Please do not write below this line.
Skirts will be worn below (= long enough to cover) the knee.
2, of a lower amount or standard than somebody/something
The temperatures remained below freezing all day.
Her work was well below average for the class.
3, of a lower rank or of less importance than somebody/something
A police sergeant is below an inspector.

1. surrounding somebody/something; on each side of something
The house is built around a central courtyard.
He put his arms around her.
2. on, to or from the other side of somebody/something
Our house is just around the corner.
The bus came around the bend.
There must be a way around the problem.
 3. in a circle
They walked around the lake.
 4. in or to many places in an area
They walked around the town looking for a place to eat.

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5. to fit in with particular people, ideas, etc.
I can't arrange everything around your timetable!
6. in connection with somebody/something
> synonym about
There are a lot of questions around her motivation.
He has issues around food and dieting.

Source: www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/around_2

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

7 Reasons Why You Should Leave Your Shoes at the Door


In many countries and cultures, it's not acceptable to walk about the house in your dirty sneakers, but in the USA, it's a lot more common than you'd think. However, there are a number of reasons why you should take your shoes off at the front door. If you don't have a no-shoes policy in your house, the following 7 reasons as to why you should, might just change your mind.

Shoes - Leave - Door

1. Bacteria
Harmful bacteria can survive on your shoes for many weeks at a time. A study conducted by The University of Arizona found nine different strains of bacteria on the shoes that they tested, and an average of 421,000 bacteria on each shoe. Do you really want to be walking all those germs through your lovely house?

2. Dirt
Shoes spend most of the day on our feet, walking through dirty environments. Your children drag in mud from the park. You track in soil from the garden or from mowing the lawn. Who wants all that bacteria-rich dirt inside the house? Furthermore, do you really want to spend your free time having to keep cleaning the floors? Therefore, apart from having a no-shoes policy, consider buying some floor mats to help remove some of that dirt off your shoes before entering your home.
3. Toxins 

Shoes - Leave - Door
Shoes carry toxins that can pollute the air in your home. Shoes pick up whatever you step in, and there is the potential of stepping in a lot of pretty disgusting stuff. Rainwater contains oil and gasoline that can be absorbed into your shoes, asphalt has toxins that rub off on your sneakers, and grass that is treated with chemicals can have you dragging more than you bargained for into your home.

4. E. Coli
Of all the bacteria that can be found on your shoes, the grossest one is E. coli, which is found in fecal matter. As you wander around, doing day-to-day activities, you're going to step in some poop from time to time. You may not even realize when you do as bird and animal droppings are all over the soil outside.  An E. coli infection is not a pleasant experience, so lower the risk of you or your children contracting it by taking your shoes off at the door.

5. Save Your Floors
Shoes are a lot harder on your floors than slippers, socks, or bare feet. Whether you have tiles, carpets, or hardwood floors, you can ensure your floors last longer by simply leaving your shoes at the door
6. Relaxation 

Shoes - Leave - Door
When you kick off your shoes after a long hard day, you're letting your brain know that it's relaxation time. So take off your shoes and put your feet up - you've earned it.

7. Foot Health
Wearing shoes all the time can lead to severe foot pain, while going barefoot, especially at home, can exercise dormant muscles in the feet and legs and help to improve blood flow. Therefore, free your feet when at home for fewer aches and pains.

As you have seen, there are plenty of reasons why many cultures have adopted the policy of leaving shoes at the front door. It may be a bit awkward asking your guests to take off their shoes before entering your home, but with these 7 reasons at hand, they should at least understand why you're so insistent.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Monday, December 11, 2017

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A list of Collocations from A to Z - English Club

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Common Collocations


Common Collocations

From: EnglishClub.com

On this page you can find a few short lists of common collocations to give you more of an idea about them. Many good learner's dictionaries show collocations associated with specific words. There are also dictionaries of collocations, though these are more difficult to find.

Verb collocations

have a bath
have a drink
have a good time
have a haircut
have a holiday
have a problem
have a relationship
have a rest
have lunch
have sympathy
do business
do nothing
do someone a favour
do the cooking
do the housework
do the shopping
do the washing up
do your best
do your hair
do your homework
make a difference
make a mess
make a mistake
make a noise
make anlish effort
make furniture
make money
make progress
make room
make trouble
take a break
take a chance
take a look
take a rest
take a seat
take a taxi
take an exam
take notes
take someone's place
take someone's temperature
break a habit
break a leg
break a promise
break a record
break a window
break someone's heart
break the ice
break the law
break the news to someone
break the rules
catch a ball
catch a bus
catch a chill
catch a cold
catch a thief
catch fire
catch sight of
catch someone's attention
catch someone's eye
catch the flu
pay a fine
pay attention
pay by credit card
pay cash
pay interest
pay someone a compliment
pay someone a visit
pay the bill
pay the price
pay your respects
save electricity
save energy
save money
save one's strength
save someone a seat
save someone's life
save something to a disk
save space
save time
save yourself the trouble
keep a diary
keep a promise
keep a secret
keep an appointment
keep calm
keep control
keep in touch
keep quiet
keep someone's place
keep the change
come close
come complete with
come direct
come early
come first
come into view
come last
come late
come on time
come prepared
come right back
come second
come to a compromise
come to a decision
come to an agreement
come to an end
come to a standstill
come to terms with
come to a total of
come under attack
go abroad
go astray
go bad
go bald
go bankrupt
go blind
go crazy
go dark
go deaf
go fishing
go mad
go missing
go on foot
go online
go out of business
go overseas
go quiet
go sailing
go to war
go yellow
get a job
get a shock
get angry
get divorced
get drunk
get frightened
get home
get lost
get married
get nowhere
get permission
get pregnant
get ready
get started
get the impression
get the message
get the sack
get upset
get wet
get worried

Miscellaneous collocations

TimeBusiness EnglishClassifiers
bang on time
dead on time
early 12th century
free time
from dawn till dusk
great deal of time
late 20th century
make time for
next few days
past few weeks
right on time
run out of time
save time
spare time
spend some time
take your time
tell someone the time
time goes by
time passes
waste time
annual turnover
bear in mind
break off negotiations
cease trading
chair a meeting
close a deal
close a meeting
come to the point
dismiss an offer
draw a conclusion
draw your attention to
launch a new product
lay off staff
go bankrupt
go into partnership
make a loss
make a profit
market forces
sales figures
take on staff
a ball of string

a bar of chocolate

a bottle of water

a bunch of carrots

a cube of sugar

a pack of cards

a pad of paper
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A list of collocations



A collocation is a combination of words that are commonly used together; the simplest way of describing collocations is to say that they ‘just sound right’ to native English speakers. Other combinations that may mean the same thing would seem ‘ unnatural’. Collocations include noun phrases like ‘ stiff wind’ and‘weapons of mass destruction’, phrasal verbs such as‘to get together’ and other stock phrases such as‘the rich and famous’
It is important to learn collocations, because they are important for the naturalisation of one’s speech. Besides, they broaden one’s scope for expression.
Here is a list of collocations to help you get started:
Collocations starting with the verb ‘do’
Do me a favour
Do the cooking
Do the housework
Do the shopping
Do the washing up
Do your best
Do your hair
Collocations with the verb ‘have’
Have a good time
Have a bath
Have a drink
Have a haircut
Have a holiday
Have a problem
Have a relationship
Have lunch
Have sympathy
Collocations with the verb ‘break’
Break the law
Break a leg
Break a promise
Break a record
Break someone's heart
Break the ice
Break the news to someone
Break the rules
Collocations with the verb ‘take’
Take a break
Take a chance
Take a look
Take a rest
Take a seat
Take a taxi
Take an exam
Take notes
Take someone's place
Collocations with the verb ‘make’
Make a difference
Make a mess
Make a mistake
Make a noise
Make an effort
Make money
Make progress
Make room
Make trouble
Collocations with the verb ‘catch’
Catch the bus
Catch a ball
Catch a cold
Catch a thief
Catch fire
Catch sight of
Catch someone's attention
Catch someone's eye
Catch the flu
Collocations with the verb ‘pay’
Pay respect
Pay a fine
Pay attention
Pay by credit card
Pay cash
Pay interest
Pay someone a visit
Pay the bill
Pay the price
Collocations with the verb ‘keep’
Keep the change
Keep a promise
Keep a secret
Keep an appointment
Keep calm
Keep in touch
Keep quiet
Keep someone's place
Collocations with the verb ‘save’
Save yourself the trouble
Save electricity
Save energy
Save money
Save someone a seat
Save someone's life
Save something to a disk
Save time
Collocations with the verb ‘go’
Go bald
Go abroad
Go astray
Go bad
Go bankrupt
Go blind
Go crazy
Go fishing
Go mad
Go missing
Go online
Go out of business
Go overseas
Go quiet
Go sailing
Go to war
Collocations with the verb ‘come’
Come under attack
Come close
Come direct
Come early
Come first
Come into view
Come last
Come late
Come on time
Come prepared
Come right back
Come to a decision
Come to an agreement
Come to an end
Come to a standstill
Come to terms with
Come to a total of
Collocations with the verb ‘get’
Get the sack
Get a life
Get a job
Get a shock
Get angry
Get divorced
Get drunk
Get frightened
Get home
Get lost
Get married
Get permission
Get ready
Get started
Get the impression
Get upset
Get wet
Get worried
Collocations related to time
Bang on time
Dead on time
Free time
From dawn till dusk
Great deal of time
Early/late 15th century
Make time for
Next few days
Past few weeks
Right on time
Run out of time
Time goes by
Time passes
Waste time
Collocations related to business English
Annual turnover
Keep in mind
Break off negotiations
Close a deal
Close a meeting
Come to the point
Dismiss an offer
Draw a conclusion
Draw your attention to
Launch a new product
Go bankrupt
Go into partnership
Make a profit/loss

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