Synonyms and their associations
- ally, in war; partner, in business or sport; colleague at work; comrade, in socialism; companion, on a journey; mate, pal, chum, buddy are informal.
- speak; utter a sound, an unkind word; preach a sermon; chat; gossip; debate a problem; make a speech
- glance at the newspaper headlines; peep through a keyhole; peer through the darkness; scan the horizon; survey the scene; gaze into space, into someone??s eyes; stare at someone on the bus; glare in anger
- nervous before an exam; apprehensive about what might happen; anxious about someone??s well-being; scared of spiders
- adore one??s mother; worship God; revere someone??s memory; idolize a pop star
- loathe the sight of something; dislike food; detest someone; can??t bear/stand something/someone; abhor
- fracture a bone; shatter a glass; smash a window, wreck a car; demolish a building; crack a cup; ruin
- repair a bike; patch trousers ; restore a painting; fix a leaking tap; darn a sock
- appealing idea; tempting offer; seductive eyes; charming person; delightful children; pretty girl; handsome man
- insane, lunatic, crazy person or idea; nuts, crackers, out of one??s mind
Choose the most suitable word.
- I am on the _____ verge of great success. a) edge b) rim c) verge d) outskirts e) peripheral f) flank
Words that are often confused
emancipated or emaciated
- The sheep were eventually found huddled together and rather
- We live in more ________emancipatedtimes.
- There were pictures of
________emaciatedchildren on the cover of the magazine.
- The sheep were eventually found huddled together and rather
- Eminent and imminent
- The eminent professor was in imminent danger of physical attack after his outburst.
- He had no guilty conscience about lying unconcious on the kitchen floor.
- The eminent geologist warned that we're in imminent danger of a volcanic erruption.
- Persuade or convince
- Now that I'm relaxing on the beach with my book, I am ____ that they were right.
- More specifically, a ____ can be an attorney or a supervisor at camp. counselor. councilor
- Her ____ handling of the touchy situation put him at ease. discreet/discrete
- Each company in the conglomerate operates as a ____ entity
- We appealed to the ____ mediator to facilitate the negotiations. disinterested/ uninterested
- No matter how hard I tried to ____ a few scandalous stories from her, she kept all knowledge of ____ goings-on discreetly to herself. illicit/ elicit
- Speak, Say and Talk
- Strictly _____, you shouldn't be here.
- Ilya ________ me a secret and made me promise not to pass it on to anyone else.
- It goes without _____ that we'll invite you to our wedding.
- I spend most days with my three-year-old son, so forgive me if I start _________ nonsense.
- The teachers always ________ very highly of my son's abilities.
- I had my fortune ______ at the fair yesterday.
- It's so hot. I wouldn't _______ no to an ice cream, would you?
- Shall we have lunch first and then sit down to ________ business?
- I think that, generally _______, it's better to use public transport than drive yourself.
- Stunning or Shocking
- She came on stage wearing a stunning dress. We thought it was a brilliant design.
- I couldn't get over that shocking experience.
- discus / discuss / discust
- Effect / Affect
Usually affect is a verb and effect is a noun.
- The infrastructure of the city has been severely affected by the tidal flooding.
- The effects of inflation in China will affect the Euro zone.
- The effects of global warming are becoming increasingly more apparent.
- The beneficial effects of exercise are beyond doubt.
- Interfere and intervene
- Don't interfere in other people's business!
- One boxer was overwhelming his opponent and so the referee decided to intervene.
- Faint / feint
- I feel faint.
- Faint glow.
- Insult / Abuse
- He called me a pig, which was very _______ .
- incorrect / wrong / false / mistaken / bad
- I accidentally accused the ___ person.
- You say that we've met before once, but I'm sure that you must be ____ .
- I missed that! I was facing the ____ way.
- The customs officer suspected that they had hidden the drugs in a ___ bottom of the cabin.
- I sensed something was wrong. Seeing a black cat was another ___ omen.
- Some of the athletes jumped the gun. It was a ____ start.
- The witness swore blind that I was the criminal she had seen, but I denied it saying that it was a case of _____ identity.
- He used to be such a good boy, but it seems that in life he took a ____ turning somewhere along the line.
- wary catious
- insure / assure
- Assume / presume
- engaged / busy / crowded
- mention / speak about / sum up
- tricky / difficult
- comedian / clown / jester
- insufferable / intolerable / unbearable
- vast / huge enormous / giant / extensive
- tighter / stricter /
- win / beat
- Manchester United ___ Liverpool
- Cargo load goods freight
- The heavy ____ exceeded the allowed limit on the weigh bridge.
- Keep / carry on / continue
- I can upload more than once by keep clicking on "view readings" very fast.
- Invent / create / discover
- Columbus ____ America.
- Who _____ the steam engine?
- fade / wither / ..
- paved with / covered in / full of / ..
- Journey / Trip / tour
- Next week, I'll go on business ____
- Then band went on ___ last year.
- The train ____ finally came to an end.
- Whether / If
Decide which of these sentences also work with the word if
- I wasn't sure whether you'd like it.
- She asked me whether I was interested in working for her.
- I'm wondering whether to have the fish or the beef.
- I doubt whether it'll work.
- I was merely questioning whether we have the money to fund such a project.
- It all depends on whether or not she's got the time. Anyway, it's a good story, whether or not it's true.
- I'm going, whether she likes it or not.
- It doesn't matter whether you tell her or I tell her.
- Let's face it - you're going to be late whether you go by bus or train.
Vocabulary: commonly confused words
- This painting is......................We know that it is a fake.
- You'll find more paper and pens in the..................... cupboard.
- Could you.....................the table while I finish off getting the food ready.
- Are you.....................that I haven't been working very hard this term?
- I've got.....................any cash. I must go to the bank this morning.
- The film had a very powerful.....................on me. I can't stop thinking about it.
- Can you.....................that your mother remembers to take her pills?
- If we.....................this match, we will be out of the championship.
- He has no......................He'll do anything for a profit.
- It can be.....................difficult for drivers to see cyclists at night.
Similar but Different Adjectives
|VERB||SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT PAIRS||NOUN||SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT PAIRS|
It was an awesome movie.?
(having a great quality, inspiring )
It was childish behavior? (behaviour).?
having immature behavior, negative
We have two
needing someone for care
We are confident
about winning.? sure [L.confidere]
child was playing.? having a good nature
It is a crisp day, today.? cool and dry
She has light hair.? a natural quality
We had a
fun time at the movies.?
He is a loving
son.? having a quality of giving love
The general made a
military move [L. tacticus]
tact (n.) ??“ skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations
SELECT ? ?
He is selective
a boo ut what he eats. having a quality of being choosy, picky
Your food is tasty.? having a good taste
He is a
sensible person.? reasonable
He is? a worthy competitor.?
adjective (of public transport or a ticket) continuing or valid to the final destination; (of traffic, roads, etc.) passing continuously from one side and out of the other side; having successfully passed to the next stage of a competition; informal having finished an activity, relationship, etc.: you and I are through. "I passed the test through hard work" means "It was because of hard work that I passed the test". "I went though the field on my way home" means "I used the field as path home".