30 common Homophone words you should know

List of 30 most common homophone words

I eight five packets of biscuit yesterday.

Yeah, I did.

Or is it?

I ‘ate’ five packets of biscuit.

English pronunciations are quite weird sometimes, isn’t it?

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What are homophones?

Homophones are the words that have exactly the same pronunciation but different meaning. The root of the word ‘Homo’ means ‘same’, while ‘phone’ means sound. Be it a non-native or native, people get confused with these homophones because of the same pronunciation; so you see, you are not alone. There is no doubt ‘practice makes a man perfect’, and the same goes with learning homophones. They are not that easy, but with a regular practice and proper learning, it will be a piece of cake for you.

Homophones vs Homonyms?

 

I completely get it when a non-native can’t differentiate between homophones and homonyms. The fact is, even natives make mistake and think homophones and homonyms are same. Breaking down the word ‘homonym’, we get ‘homo’ that means ‘same’, and ‘nym’ that means ‘name’.

So basically, Homonyms are the words that have the same spelling but different meanings.

Let’s see some of the examples of homonyms for a better understanding:

  • Pole (meaning 1): either of the two locations at the opposite ends of the earth’s axis.
  • Pole (meaning 2): a long, thin rounded piece of wood or metal, used as a support
  • Bark (meaning 1): the sharp, sudden cry of a dog, fox, or seal
  • Bark (meaning 2): the tough protective outer covering of the trunk.

30 Most Common Homophone Words With Sentences

There are hundreds like them and it may be possible you know a few of them, or almost all of them. I tried to cover the most common homophones so that even a beginner can understand. Make sure you practice them off by heart and sooner they will become your active vocabulary. So without a further ado, let’s get down to the business:

Accept/ Except

Accept (verb): consent to receive or undertake.

Example: I accepted his proposal for the meeting this weekend.

Except (Preposition): not including, other than.

Example: Everyone came to my birthday party, except Ben.

Advice/ Advise

Advice (noun): guidance or recommendation about what someone should do.

Example: You should always follow his advice if you want to improve in your game.

Advise (verb): recommend that someone should do something.

Example: He advised his brother not to be in the bad company of rogues.

Ate/ Eight

Ate (verb): The past form of ‘eat’.

Example: I ate my lunch after I came from school.

Eight (noun): The number between seven and nine.

Example: There are eight rooms in our house.

bear/ bare

Bare (adjective):  not clothed or covered.

Example: He bared his chest to show his scar.

Bear (noun): a large, heavy mammal with thick fur and very soft tail.

Example: I saw a black bear in the zoo yesterday.

desert/ dessert

Desert (noun): a waterless area of land with little or no vegetation typically covered with sand.

Example: Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world.

Dessert (noun): the sweet course eaten at the end of the meal.

Example: I don’t think a meal is complete without a dessert.

deer/ dear

Deer (noun): a hoofed animal, the male of which usually has antlers.

Example: I saw a deer on a roadside while dropping Joe to school.

Dear (Adjective): regarded with deep affection

Example: “God bless you my dear son”, said the church father.

die/ dye

Die (verb): to stop living.

Example: His uncle died in a car accident.

Dye (noun): natural or synthetic substance used to color something.

Example: He bought a dye for just 50 cents.

band/ banned

Band (noun): a flat, thin strip or loop of material used as a fastener or as decoration.

Example: John gave Emma a friendship band on her birthday.

Banned (verb): past form of the ban.

Example: Alcohol has been banned for some days in some of the cities due to the increasing number of accidents.

by/ buy

By (preposition): indicating the person or thing performing an action or the means of achieving something.

Example: He came to my house by bus.

Buy (verb): obtain something in exchange for payment.

Example: I will buy a car this month because I am exhausted with my old bike.

fair/ fare

Fair (adjective): treating people equally.

Example: That was definitely not a fair competition to give an extra chance to his brother.

Fare (noun): the money a passenger on public transport has to pay.

Example: The fare for this concert is too high to afford.

haul/ hall

Haul (verb): To pull or drag something with effort.

Example: He hauled his bike out of the shed.

Hall (noun): the room or space just inside the front entrance of a house.

Example: The students were ordered to assemble in the hall so that admit cards could be distributed.

higher/ hire

Higher (adjective): the comparative degree of high.

Example: The prices of these products go higher every day.

Hire (verb): pay to be allowed to use something for an agreed period.

Example: He is hired for a year as an accountant in a multi-national company.

its/ it’s

Its (possessive determiner): belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

Example: The Company has doubled its profits and sales in the previous six months.

It’s (contraction): it is or it has.

Example: It’s my choice whether I take up his offer or not.

know/ no

Know (verb): be aware of something through observation, inquiry or information.

Example: I don’t know if he will accept your proposal or not.

No (noun): The opposite of ‘yes’.

Example: This will be a no from the judges on the panel.

won/ one

Won (verb): past and past participle of win.

Example: Though it was a tough competition, we won the match.

One (noun): The lowest cardinal number.

Example: I have only one piece of the suit now.

 

How many of them were new to you?

A Few? Or almost all?

We will keep adding more of them somewhere in the future so that you never get confused about their meaning and usage. Make sure you stick around and improve your English vocabulary by learning these homophones off by heart so that you never make any mistake down the line.

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Don’t bite off more you can chew

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

First and foremost, I will let you in on some updates why I am not able to post on scheduled days. I was extremely busy for two weeks because I am working on a series of articles which I will publish in the month of February. It basically is a series of seven chapters which I will publish regularly for seven days that cover different topics and areas (You will know when I publish them). The matter of the fact is, due to that and some of my personal work, I only posted twice a week which was more before. It may happen sometimes that I don’t post on a scheduled day, but trust me guys I work day in and out just for helping guys like you and other non-native English speaker to speak confidently like a native.

I hope you understand for not posting on scheduled days recently, so please keep supporting like you have been doing till now.

I receive emails where people sometimes complain that they can’t remember all the vocabulary and whatever they learn. All I can say is, don’t bite more than you can chew.

Improving English is not an overnight process and it definitely takes time and practices, so no matter how many courses you do or eBooks you read, the fact is, you achieve fluency only after a good amount of time you spend on speaking and vocabulary when you keep practicing.

It is for this fact that I would recommend you keep patience because no matter how many specialized courses or eBooks you go for, it will definitely require time.

Where the most people miss out?

More often than not, when people realize that idioms and phrasal verbs are the main parts of spoken English, they just Google the list of idioms and phrasal verbs and try mugging them up, so they become fluent the next day. But scouring every single page on Google won’t help you achieve your maximum fluency. It is a fact that if you learn the whole list, that too without context and practice quiz, you are more likely to forget 90% of them and I am saying this from my personal experience. Though I don’t doubt your mind, you may be one of the wisest guys in your social circle, but what I said is what facts say.

The bottom line is, stick to a few blogs that seems the best to you and follow the advice and content for noticing an improvement. And please keep patience, it never happens overnight.

It was not a normal blog, so I just casually wrote the content in one go what I really think was needed to convey my message and tell you about recent updates and how much you mean to me.

So please stick around; the upcoming articles will be full of informative content and I am sure you will love them.

Keep learning and improving.

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P.S: Bite off more you can chew- means to take more responsibility or commitment than what you can manage.

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19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I received an email yesterday which said-

Hello sir,
 I love your articles and the way you teach us. Idioms and phrases are no doubt an important part of learning English but I think many non-natives don’t know the daily used vocabulary. Can you please tell how to strengthen that? It will be great if you explain to me how to do it.
 Please reply.
 Regards,
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I was almost finished writing the reply when it struck my mind- may be many of the non-natives face this problem.

Back in earlier days, I was one of these non-natives who lacked daily used vocabulary words, so I thought better to address this issue today because somewhere down the line people face this issue sooner or later.

So I am here with a new category section of our blog that will focus on the vocabulary of items that are around us, or from which we all are surrounded in one or the other way. I may or may not include all the vocabulary considering the length of the blog, but I will try to include the most important ones from each area of our life.

I was confused what to start from, so I just picked a random topic from the list I created yesterday.

So let’s start with the kitchen vocabulary – the place where we cook our food to get the energy from. I am gonna keep it simple and straight to the point without beating around the bush (Click here!), so here we go-

Kitchen Vocabulary

Saucepan

kitchen vocabulary

It is a small round cooking pot for making a variety of sauces, gravies, and glazes. 


Cup & Saucer

kitchen vocabulary

A shallow dish, typically having a circular indentation in the centre, on which a cup is placed.


Bowl

kitchen vocabulary

A bowl is a round, open-top container used in many cultures to serve hot and cold food.


Skimmer

kitchen vocabulary

A skimmer is a flat, sieve-like scoop or spoon used for skimming cooking liquids or lifting ripened cream from milk.


Spatula

kitchen vocabulary

A spatula is a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift material.


Knife and Fork

kitchen vocabulary


Vegetable Peeler

kitchen vocabulary

A peeler is a kitchen tool consisting of a slotted metal blade attached to a handle that is used to remove the outer skin or peel of certain vegetables, often potatoes and carrots, and fruits such as apples, pears, etc.


A Grater

kitchen vocabulary

A grater is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine pieces.


Stove

kitchen vocabulary


Kettle

kitchen vocabulary

A kettle is a type of pot, typically metal, specialized for boiling water, with a lid, spout, and handle.


Pressure Cooker

kitchen vocabulary


Frying Pan

kitchen vocabulary


Mixer

kitchen vocabulary


Whisk

kitchen vocabulary

A whisk is a cooking utensil which can be used to blend ingredients smooth or to incorporate air into a mixture.


SIEVE/ Strainer

kitchen vocabulary

A device having holes punched in it or made of crossed wires for separating solid matter from a liquid.


Tongs

kitchen vocabulary

Tongs are a type of tool used to grip and lift objects instead of holding them directly with hands.


Ladle

kitchen vocabulary

A deep-bowled, long-handled spoon used especially for dipping up and conveying liquids.


I hope you would have found our article useful and learned some ‘Kitchen Vocabulary’ that you should add to your active vocabulary.

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10 common Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

10 common Idiomatic Expression with meaning and examples

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Context

Entrepreneurship has been scaling up(Click here!) in everyone’s mind since the internet found its existence in this universe, especially during these days when social media is on its heights.

Seeing entrepreneurs in the lap of luxury lifestyle and of course, supercars and models looks like an icing on the cake, but the sad part is, people ignore the amount of work they have to put in, in order to get their names in top entrepreneurs of their country. People are under an impression, usually because of those videos and photos depicting luxurious lifestyle, cars and jets, that entrepreneurship is so comforting and lavishing, though quite the inverse is true.

More often than not, people usually say what they want and it seems funnier when they follow a motivational page that often quotes something like ‘never give up’ or ‘I will be win…blah blah’ and whatsoever. The matter of the fact is, people post them as their stories and kick back, wondering they would also earn millions one day.

I understand every person doesn’t have the same beliefs and thoughts, and many people would be like “Knock it off” as it is a bitter truth.

But if you start working for your goal day in and day out, there are hands down(Click here!) no chances that you would be kicking yourself for a wrong decision that you opted just for the sake of those luxurious supercars, models, and jets.

Now I am not trying to be a know-it-all, playing safe is certainly not that I believe in, but if your dreams are big enough, you will have to put in your heart and soul day in, day out.

I want you all to be happy and thriving in your life and reach your aspirations.

And there is only one way to do this, and that is to work each day of your life till the time you reach your final destination. Of course, you don’t have to post a story on social media this time, about your thoughts, and how motivated you are, but work until you achieve something and let the world see your actions rather than hearing your thoughts.


10 Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

Idiomatic Expression

In the lap of luxury – Having luxurious and comfortable life due to the abundance of money and fame.

Idiomatic Expression in the lap of luxury

Examples-
  • After winning a lottery of $10 million, he is in the lap of luxury now.
  • John is never given the deserved credit for his talent because he was born in the lap of luxury.

Idiomatic Expression

An icing on the cake – An additional benefit or positive aspect of something that is already considered positive or beneficial.

Idiomatic Expression icing on the cake

Examples-
  • I was so happy that all my friends came to my party. The decorations and gifts were like an ice on the cake.
  • I got $5000 as a bonus from the company. Moreover, the free trip for a week was the icing on the cake.

Idiomatic Expression

Under a wrong impression – to misinterpret something.

Idiomatic Expression under the wrong impression

Examples-
  • I was under the impression that Joe is your real brother.
  • John is under the impression that Emma likes him.

Idiomatic Expression

More often than not – most of the time, usually.

Idiomatic Expression more often than not

Examples-
  • More often than not I drink coffee in the morning, but I can drink tea if you don’t have any coffee left.
  • He is in gym more often than not, and you can clearly notice how much he has changed.

Idiomatic Expression

kick back – to relax.

Idiomatic Expression kick back

Examples:
  • We have been working for the whole day, it’s time now to kick back and have some drink.
  • I am going to kick back when I am done writing this post.

Idiomatic Expression

Knock it off – to stop it.

Idiomatic Expression knock it off

Examples
  • You are shouting too loud, knock it off!
  • It’s time you should knock this loud music off, else you will be yelled by your parents.

Idiomatic Expression

Day in and day out – every day, we usually use this to refer to something we have been working on for a long period of time.

Idiomatic Expression Day in and day out

Examples:
  • I have been working on this website day in and day out, and now it’s finally ready.
  • You have to work day in and day out in order to succeed in this project.

Idiomatic Expression

Kick yourself – to regret a wrong decision or choice.

Idiomatic Expression kick yourself

Examples:
  • He invested in a wrong company, now he has nothing but to kick himself for that.
  • You should work hard at this age; else you will kick yourself in the future.

Idiomatic Expression

Know-it-all – a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.

Idiomatic Expression know-it-all

Examples:
  • Pushkar always keeps bothering me with his tips while I play, he thinks he knows it all.
  • Joe has always something to say in between, he is such a know-it-all.

Idiomatic Expression

Play it safe – It means to not take any unwarranted risks or dangers; to act with caution and prudence.

Idiomatic Expression play it safe

Examples:
  • You have two options in life; either you play it safe or go for your dreams without fear.
  • Playing safe won’t get you bigger and life of your dreams.

I am sure you would have learned a lot from today’s idiomatic expressions article, and added some of them to your active English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our idioms exercise or idioms quiz down at the bottom of this page to practice these idiomatic expressions.

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10 Slang words you should start using

10 Slang words you should start using

Hey there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

How are you doing?

What!

What did you say?

Awesome!

It’s great then and I am so happy for you that you are doing great, but did you know that you used slang?

Yeah, I am talking about ‘Awesome’.

I have observed that most of the non natives don’t know what slang are, and a few who know its meaning try to avoid using it. There is a common misconception that using slang makes you bad and people often associate ‘slangs’ with ‘vulgar slangs’. Vulgar slangs are definitely something that you should hardly use but when it comes to slangs, I don’t agree when people don’t wanna use them.

There is no doubt you are a gentlemen and don’t like using bad words, so before you permanent this perception in your mind, make sure you read this article thoroughly and then assess if you were correct or not.

What are slangs?

Slang is vocabulary that is used between people who belong to the same social group and who know each other well. Slang is very informal language. It can be offending if you use them in formal situations. People often use slangs to sound less formal and be friendlier in the conversation.

When not to use slang words?

You need to extra cautious while using them in your conversation for they can be offensive, depending on the situation and person to person. You won’t say to your boss something like ‘Hey dude!’ or ‘Chill out’ for the fact your boss is not your friend. You can definitely use them with your friends but not on people like your boss, teachers or principal. So I am leaving it on you now to use them carefully in informal situations only.

Why to use slang words?

Would you like talking to your friends the way you wrote a formal application to your principal?

Or would you say something like this-

Please let know about your views and decisions at your earliest convenience. I would really grateful to you.

I will be anxiously waiting for your reply sir.

Regards,

Your name”

The answer is a big fat ‘NO’.

I guess 99.9% of you don’t speak to your friends in such a formal language.

And if you are among that 0.1%, sorry to say this article ends here for them, see you in next blog.

I guess you must be clear now with the concepts and use of slang and their meaning, so without further ado let’s see some of the most common English spoken slangs:

10 Slang words you should start using

Slang 1

Kudos – when I first heard this slang on internet, I kinda got baffled about its meaning and use. I immediately googled it and found that it is used for showing respect. It means ‘congrats’ and if I am not wrong, this slang originated from North America.

Examples

  • Kudos to all the team members for winning the trophy.
  • Kudos Ron! You beat the fastest runner of our collage.
Slang 2

Dig – Here the slang doesn’t mean to make a hole. It is used for something you really like. Frankly speaking, I love using this slang because it sounds so cool.

Examples

  •  Hey Emma, I really dig your black leather jacket.
  •  I think you would dig the quiz down at the bottom of this article.
Slang 3

Cool- Did you notice I used it above? I know you are smart and read everything so thoroughly. Though I don’t think so that there would be a single person who doesn’t know what it means, but in case if you don’t, it means ‘great’ or ‘fantastic’.

Examples

  • I think the latest song from this pop singer was quite cool.
  • You always look so cool when you wear all denim.
Slang 4

Tight- It is used when the competitors are quite close and there is just a minor difference.

Examples

  • It was tight competition, both fighters fought till end.
  •  The competition was quite tight, nobody knew who will win the race.
Slang 5

Creep – an unpleasant person. It is a bit offensive, make sure you use it wisely.

Examples

  •  John always talks bad behind your back. He is such a creep.
  •  Robin often crosses the line when hitting on girls and comes off as a creep.
Slang 6

Buck – another term for dollar.

Examples

  • I don’t have even a buck in my pocket right now.
  •  Do you remember you have to pay me $1000 which you borrowed a week ago?
Slang 7

Beat – The word beat has many meaning in dictionary. You hear ‘a team beats the other’ which means they won, or it is used when someone hits someone like in this example -‘My uncle was beating his dog’, and in some cases it means ‘shit’. But when it comes to slang world, the meaning completely changes. It is used to say when you are ‘completely exhausted’.

Examples

  • A: Are you coming at party tonight?

B: I am beat. I don’t think so.

  •  He looks beat. He has been working out for an hour.
Slang 8

Crikey – It is used as an exclamation of surprise.

Examples

  • A: I invested all saving in that business.

B: Crikey! Did you not leave even a single buck?

Slang 9

Cram – it means to study hard and learn all in a short period of time.

Examples

  • Students often cram the entire notes just before few days from exam.
  •  He kept ignoring his studies till now, he now has to cram the entire course within a month.
Slang 10

Amped – it means you are super excited about something.

Examples

I am amped for the season finale today.

Josh was so amped for his first international match.


How many of them did you already know?

Three?

Four?

Or more?

I am sure you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these slang words to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete today’s exercise or quiz down at the bottom of this page so as to revise the entire chapter.

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Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

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Are you making these Collocation mistakes?

Are you making these Collocation mistakes?

Hey there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Well…To tell you the truth, I was about post a list of 10 useful collocations and explain them to you, but while I was shopping online today I saw a review from a non- native (I guessed it already from the name, moreover he mentioned which country he belonged to, so he was definitely a non native) and I could not help pending that article aside and writing this one.

Correcting your mistake is way more important than learning a new list of collocations. It’s always my code to live by and  I truly believe it should be the code of every English learner.

I didn’t shop though, just scoured through many other reviews on different products and many other social platforms and found these collocation mistakes which non native still make. So without beating around the bush (Click here!), let’s see some and see if you making one or more of them:

Collocation mistakes you may be making!!!
  •  I would totally recommend this product to all the users who are facing skin problems.
Explanation

I noticed many of non-natives using ‘totally recommend’ many a times in their spoken English, which is not a correct phrase to say. The right collocation which will fit in this sentence is ‘highly recommend’.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  I would highly recommend this product to all the users who are facing skin problems.

 

  •  It was a so daring experiment to cast a young handsome actor as an old man in this TV series.
Explanation

The perfect collocation that fits this sentence would be ‘bold experiment’ which means tough and risky thing to do.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  It was a bold experiment to cast a young handsome actor as an old man in this TV series.

 

  •  I already have so much less time. Please let me do my work, else I will be punished tomorrow.
Explanation

The collocation that would fit this sentence is “pressed for time” which means in a rush or hurry when you need to do something and you don’t have enough time.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  I am already pressed for time. Please let me do my work, else I will be punished tomorrow.

 

  •  Aaron has a high reputation in his society because of his wealth and fame.
Explanation

Almost every second person (the non-native one) I talked with, I have noticed this phrase ‘high reputation’ being used at least once in their speech. Frankly speaking, I was once one of these non natives who used this phrase ‘high reputation’ in his spoken English. The correct phrase or collocation would be rather ‘well deserved reputation’, ‘considerable reputation’ or ‘good reputation’.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  Aaron has a well deserved reputation in his society because of his wealth and fame.

 

  •  It is so vital to use cheese in this recipe after boiling the whole mixture.
Explanation

The collocation ‘absolutely vital’ sounds more natural and it is correct as well.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  It is absolutely vital to use cheese in this recipe after boiling the whole mixture.

 

  •  Can you shortly describe about the main concept of this chapter?
Explanation

“Briefly describe” is the right collocation that can be used in this sentence.

So the more natural way of saying this sentence would be:

  •  Can you briefly describe about the main concept of this chapter?

 

  •  Science has disproved many normal assumptions in the past.
Explanation

Assumption often collocates with ‘safe’, ‘false’ or ‘common’. Considering the above sentence, the correct sentence would be:

  •  Science has disproved many common assumptions in the past.

 

  •  Bad family often affects the mental state of children to grow properly.
Explanation

I heard this sentence from one of my colleague who was telling me about his friends who was mentally disturbed those days. I could not understand what he meant, so I asked what he meant by the phrase ‘bad family’? He then explained to me what he really meant, the bottom line was that he wanted to say ‘dysfunctional family’ which means a family in which relationships are bad or unhealthy and people fall out (Click here!) with each other every time.

So the correct sentence would have been:

  • Dysfunctional family often affects the mental state of children to grow properly.

 

  •  We should consider all the problems and difficulty before making our next move.
Explanation

I know, I know it’s a totally correct, but in case you wanna sound more natural and confident.

The colloquial sentence would be:

  •  We should cover every eventuality (means to consider every issue or problem) before making our next move.

Hopefully you would learnt a lot from today’s article about collocation mistakes we, the non natives usually make. Let me know about your views in the comment section below or email me at:

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Idiomatic Expressions you should start using Today!

Idiomatic Expressions you should start using Today!

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Context

Sundar Raman, the chief executive officer of our company was all pumped up (Click here!) for the tender which our company was most likely to get. It drived him up the wall when someone from the staff spilled the beans about the last trip we had. The project was to be submitted the next day, but as the whole staff was out for a trip on this weekend, as a result no proper reports and project was ready to hand in.

Mr.Raman called up (Click here!) the whole staff for a meeting in his room.

Panic was in the air…

No one knew what to do; everyone was on the same boat and had nothing but to pass the buck and escape this complex situation.

The submission date was the next day and in case the company failed to submit the project for the tender, it would suffer the loss of millions of dollar. The work was equally distributed among all staff members. Project completion was only possible if everyone did their share.

There was no point beating around the bush now because completion of the project was hands down not a piece of cake and time was continuously running.

Zeroing in on the details and stats, the whole staff was back to their desk for the completion of the project.

 

Idiomatic Expressions and their meaning

 

Idiomatic Expression – spilled the beans

Idiomatic Expression spill the beans

Meaning – It means to reveal a secret.
Example –
  • I guess Susan was the one who spilled the beans of our plan.
  • I hate those people who can’t keep a secret and spill the beans.

Idiomatic Expression – hand in.

Idiomatic Expression hand in

Meaning – It means to submit.
Example –
  • You have to hand in these documents to the professor by tomorrow.
  • If you don’t hand in the application form by this Thursday, you won’t be able to apply for the job then.

Idiomatic Expression – in the air.

Idiomatic Expression in the air

Meaning – It means everywhere, all around.
Example –
  • There is so much fear in the air since these riots started.
  • Love is in the air, everywhere you look around.

Idiomatic Expression – on the same boat.

Idiomatic Expression in the same boat

Meaning – It means to be in the same situation.
Example –
  • Ben: “I don’t have any money right now. Can you give me $100? I will return within a week.”

Robin: “My boss fired me yesterday.”

Ben: “No problem man, I understand. We are in the same boat.”

  •  John and me are in the same boat; we both don’t know what study stream we should go in.

Idiomatic Expression – pass the buck.

Idiomatic Expression pass the buck

Meaning – It means to shift blame to the other person.
Example –
  • Don’t pass the buck now; you already have lost so much of time in falling out (Click here).
  • Chris and John have been passing bucks on each other; no one knows who has the box.

Idiomatic Expression – do one’s share.

Idiomatic Expression to do one's share

Meaning – It means to do one’s part in a group activity.
Example –
  • We can get this whole place cleaned if everyone does his/her share.
  • You should not see what others are doing rather you should do your share.

Idiomatic Expression – beat around the bush.

Idiomatic Expression beat around the bush

Meaning – It means to avoid getting to the point.
Example –
  • Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you want from me.
  • There is no point beating around the bush, you should tell them your demands and condition right away (Click here!) for approval.

Idiomatic Expression – hands down.

Idiomatic Expression hands down

Meaning – It means definitely, without a doubt.
Example –
  • Hanz de fuko is hands down one of the most trusted and reputed hair product company in the market.
  • It’s hands down an unfair judgment for the blue team in this entire tournament.

Idiomatic Expression – piece of cake.

Idiomatic Expression piece of cake

Meaning – It means something that is very easy to do.
Example –
  • Completing the whole book within a day is definitely not a piece of cake.
  • I can do 50 squats without a break. It’s a piece of cake for me.

Idiomatic Expression – Zero in on something.

Idiomatic Expression zero in on

Meaning – It means to aim or focus on something or someone.
Example –
  • The athlete was zeroed in on winning the match and he won.
  • Most of the people zero in on a goal but loose the consistency of practice.

Hopefully you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these idiomatic expressions from this English expressions list to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete the Idiomatic Expressions exercise or Idioms quiz down at the bottom of this page.

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Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz- 2

Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz- 2

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Context

Steve was all spruced up (Click here!) for the party when his mother Susan was taken aback (Click here!). She was setting up (Click here!) the room and it came across $1000 from Steve’s drawer. His mother could not take this, and called up her husband to come right away (Click here!).

He didn’t know how to face all this, but since he made a mistake, he had to bear the consequences now. After a while, his father, John came and things got even more complex when his wife told about Steve stealing $1000 for party.The situation called for a strict action to be taken, for the fact it should never take place again.

Steve has his own list of excuses saying all his friends would break off with him if he doesn’t give them party tonight. Falling out for about an hour Steve ran away  from his home.

John tried to stop him and called him up (Click here!) many a times, but he hanged up the call.

Not even an hour was over when police called them up (Click here!) and told that Steve met with an accident on the city lane.

His parents,all  nervous wreck (Click here!), reached the hospital as soon as possible. “There is nothing to worry about, he is doing okay now”, said the doctors.

Steve was out of the danger but broke a leg and suffered minor injuries with which he would get over in 25 days.

He was discharged after 7 days and came along with his parents back to home. The situations indeed called for telling him off and teaching him a serious lesson for whatever he did, but his mother and father thought better to put it off till he gets over.

Steve got the vibe that he is done after he gets well and had nothing but to regret what he did.

Phrasal verbs list- Phrasal verbs quiz

Phrasal verb

come across – to find something unexpectedly

come across

Examples –
  • I was cleaning my room when I came across your lost earrings under my desk.
  • You won’t believe that I came across a giraffe near the lane while going to school today.

Phrasal verb

call for – it means required or demanded.

call up

Examples –
  • There is a strong call for a strict action to be taken against those who invoke these riots.
  • The dish which you are preparing for your husband calls for the best quality cheese, not just creme.

Phrasal verb

Break off – to discontinue a process or friendship.

phrasal verb break off

Examples –
  • In case if you want to see the results, make sure you never break off the regularity.
  • Things were not going the way I wanted, so we thought better to break off than fighting over and again.

Phrasal verb

Fall out – To  quarrel with someone

phrasal verb fall out

Examples –
  • She used to fall out on every single issue, so they broke off their relationship.
  • John always falls out with Emma, I don’t know when will they grow up.

Phrasal verb

hang it up – to disconnect a call intentionally.

 

phrasal verb hang up

Examples –
  • I am gonna hang up if he ever calls me up down the line.
  • She hung up on me because I forgot her birthday this Saturday.

Phrasal verb

Get over – To recover

phrasal verb get over

Examples –
  • The celebrity suffered some minor injuries; he should get over with in few days.
  • You know getting over the pain of break up was not at all an easy thing to do for Adelia.

Phrasal verb

Come along – To accompany someone

phrasal verb come along

Examples –
  • I am going to Brian’s house; get ready if you wanna come along.
  • Are you not coming along with me for the farewell party?

Phrasal verb

Put something off- to procrastinate or delay something.

phrasal verb put something off

Examples –
  • Most of the people will not be able to make it to the party this weekend, so I am gonna put it off till next weekend.
  • I got the vibe that he doesn’t wanna come along because he has been continuously trying to put it off from so many days.

Phrasal verb

Tell off – It means to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong.

phrasal verb tell someone off

Examples –
  • My teacher told me off for being unnecessarily absent from the class for a week.
  • Robin will definitely be told off by his father today for coming this late at home.

Hopefully you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these phrasal verbs from this small phrasal verbs list to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our phrasal verbs exercise or phrasal verbs quiz down at the bottom of this page.

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Common mistakes non-natives make while speaking English (Updated!)

 

Common mistakes while English speaking

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First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to all my dear readers.
“A New Year has tiptoed in.
Let’s go forward to meet it.
Let’s welcome the 365 days it brings.
Let’s live well with love in our hearts towards God and all people.
Let’s walk through its corridors with praise songs on our lips”

I know you had a blast (Click here!) partying on 31st.

And some are even partying today as well.

I am okay with whatever you are doing. After all, partying isn’t bad at all.

Have fun.

Have loads of fun but this time I would request you all to help some poor people around you or at least those who are in need. Trust me it will make your whole year full of joy and happiness and you will definitely have a skyrocketing (Click here!) career down the line.

I won’t take much of your time, so here is today’s post.

We all make mistakes and fail, it’s a part of learning process, be while speaking English or the first time you drove a bike. There is no problem if you make mistakes, the bottom line is to improve down the line (Click here!), so we never make those mistakes again.

So without further ado, let’s see some of the most common mistakes non-natives make while speaking and learn:

Collocations in Use

  •  “My grandparents grew me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.
  • “My grandparents raised me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.

 

  • “They are not real brothers; he is a long relative of Joseph.”
  •  “They are not real brothers; he is a distant relative of Joseph.”

 

  •  “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust with life surrounded by millions of fans.”
  • “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust to life surrounded by millions fans.”

 

  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved off in the final football trials”
  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved of in the final football trials”

 

  •  Emma arrived in my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.
  • Emma arrived at my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.

Note: We use ‘arrive at’ for a particular place. On the other hand we could have used ‘arrive in’, had it been a bigger place like country or city.

  •   “My little daughter is so afraid with these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.
  • “My little daughter is so afraid of these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.

 

  •  John is very dedicated with his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.
  • John is very dedicated to his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.

 

  •  The head coach consented with the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.
  • The head coach consented to the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.

Collocations in use (Updated part!)

  • As the population will increase, the unemployment will also increase.
  • Unemployment goes hand in hand with the growing population.

 

  • Before you give your final reaction I would like to tell you that it was not my mistake.
  • Before you jump to any conclusion, I would like to let you know that it wasn’t my fault.

 

  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was not at all accurate.
  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was wildly inaccurate.

 

  • I would like to give some suggestions to your brother so he can scale up his growth in his business.
  • I would like to make some suggestions to your brother so that he can scale up (Click here!) his growth in his business.

 

  • Thank you so much for setting up this event and doing these all arrangements.
  • Thank you so much for setting up (Click here!) this event and making these all arrangements.

 

  • I don’t think Joe will say any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.
  • I don’t think Joe will give any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.

 

  • The workers of his company made a strike due to less payment and no bonus.
  • The workers of his company went on a strike due to less payment and no bonus.

 

  • Though Ron earns money with which he can live, he always looks for new options to earn more.
  • Though Ron gets a living wage, he always looks for new options to earn more.

 

The sentences in red are either grammatically wrong or unnatural to say, while the sentences in green are correct and natural way to talk about a particular situation. So make sure you correct these mistakes if you are making any of them.

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