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Adjectives: between 'freezing' and 'boiling'

freezing • frosty • cold • chilly • nippy • warm • hot • sizzling • steaming • burning • boiling

 

You can also combine the -ing words with hot and cold:

• It's boiling hot.

• It's freezing cold.

• It's steaming hot.

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Collocations with the word 'break'

break a habit

stop doing the habit

 

break a bone / break your arm

fracture a bone, injure yourself

 

break a leg!

This is an idiomatic expression that means 'good luck!'.

It is often used to wish someone good luck when they are going to perform.

 

break a promise

not do what you promised (the opposite is 'keep a promise')

 

break a record

perform better than the previous record

 

break a window

make a crack or hole in the window

 

break the ice

initiate social interaction, especially in a situation where people are being shy and hesitant

 

break someone's heart

cause emotional pain or grief to a person who loves you

 

break the rules

do something that is prohibited by a rule

 

break the law

do something that is illegal; it is prohibited by law

 

break the news to someone

tell someone some new information (often bad news)

 

break the silence

make a noise, interrupting a period of silence

 

break loose

escape from a restraint or confinement

 

break ground

begin digging into the ground for a new construction project.

A small ceremony is often done to commemorate this.

 

break new ground

make progress into a new area; advance beyond previous achievements in an area

 

break a code

figure out a secret code, so that you can understand the message

 

break one's fall

lessen the impact of a falling person hitting the ground

 

break the mould

do something differently after is has been done the same way for a long time

Context clues

Holiday - vacation

:: You use holiday (or holidays) in British English and vacation in American English to describe the regular periods of time when you are not at work or school, or time that you spend travelling or resting away from home.

I get four weeks' holiday / vacation a year.

He's on holiday / vacation this week.

I like to take my holiday / vacation in the winter.

the summer holidays / vacation

 

:: In American English a holiday (or a public holiday) is a single day when government offices, schools, banks and businesses are closed.

The school will be closed Monday because it's a holiday.

This is called a bank holiday in British English.

 

:: The holidays is used in American English to refer to the time in late December and early January that includes Christmas and the New Year.

 

:: Vacation in British English is used mainly to mean one of the periods when universities are officially closed for the students.

 

Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary | Seventh edition, page 743

of - off

of

 

preposition

 

:: Belong to or relate to someone or something

He has a fear of spiders.

Jessica is a good friend of Belinda.

In college, we studied the works of Emmanuel Kant.

 

:: Show an amount

We need two pounds of apples.

There are a lot of students outside.

Jane ate a handful of sunflower seeds.

 

:: Show numbers, ages and dates.

It was the 1st of April 2016.

They have a son of seven.

She had foreseen an increase of 5% in salary.

 

:: Contain or consist of

Could you give me a glass of water, please?

A pack of dogs was running around the house.

He brought her a box of chocolates.

 

:: Show a reason

John died of cancer.

As a result of war, there were many changes.

We did it out of our own wish.

 

:: About

This is a tale of bravery and romance.

He spoke of most important values in his life.

The king spoke highly of his seven sons.

 

:: Show someone or something

They showed us pictures of their babies.

Could you look at this picture of a house?

 

:: Show which one

A city of Chicago = the city called Chicago

The country of Germany = the country called Germany

The year of 2016 = the year 2016

 

:: Show a characteristic

He was a man of great honour.

Sheila is a woman of great beauty.

This meeting is of no importance.

 

:: Live or come from a certain place

The people of France are called French.

He met the queen of England.

off

 

adverb

 

:: Not touching something or removed

His shoe just fell off.

Please, take off your hat.

They took the mirror off the wall.

 

:: Cancelled

The deal is off.

The wedding is off.

 

:: Not operating or not at work

Turn off the light, please.

The electricity is off.

My computer is always off when I need it.

 

:: Away from a place

He ran off without turning back.

Do you get off at the next station?

 

:: Near a place

The hotel was just off the highway.

Take a turn left, and then you'll see the shop just off the main road.

 

:: Far away

I see a car off in the distance.

My friend is off in Africa.

Our anniversary is a long way off.

 

:: Less

All books are 50% off. This is amazing!

The red apples are 20% off during lunchtime.


Onomatopoeia

quit - quite - quiet

quit

verb: quitting, quitted

► to leave your job, school

If I don't get more money I'll quit.

He has decided to quit as manager of the team.

 

► to stop doing something

I've quit smoking.

 

► to leave the place where you live

We decided it was time to quit the city.

 

► to close a computer programme or application

 

quite

► to some degree

He plays quite well.

 

► to the greatest possible degree

This is quite a different problem.

 

► to a great degree; very; really

You'll be quite comfortable here.

 

► used to agree with somebody or show that you understand them

 

quiet

adjective

► making very little noise

Could you keep the children quiet while I'm on the phone?

 

► without many people or much noise or activity

They lead a quiet life.

 

► not disturbed; peaceful

I was looking forward to a quiet evening at home.

 

► tending not to talk very much

She was quiet and shy.

 

► definite but not expressed in an obvious way

He had an air of quiet authority.

 

Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary | Seventh Edition | Oxford University Press

Useful English

1  She's married to a dentist.

2  I look forward to meeting you.

3  When I arrive, I will call you.

4  She doesn't listen to me.

5  You speak English well.

6  I didn't meet anybody.

7  Please explain to me how to improve my English.

8  You are very nice, like your mother.

9  If I am in London, I will contact you.


Very ...

very noisy deafening
 very often frequently
very old ancient
very old-fashioned archaic
very open transparent
very painful excruciating
very pale ashen
very perfect flawless
very poor destitute
very powerful compelling
very pretty beautiful
very quick rapid
very quiet hushed
very rainy pouring
very rich wealthy
very sad sorrowful
very scared petrified
very scary chilling
very serious grave
very sharp keen
very shiny gleaming
very short brief
very shy timid
very simple basic

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