Friday Idiom: hang in there

L'expression idiomatique de la semaine !

Alright, so the frog is very cute, hanging there. But there is a more figurative meaning to these words! Hang in there means, don’t give up; keep at it.

For example, imagine you have a friend who is going through a difficult period in his or her life. You can say to them: hang in there, it’ll get better soon, you’ll see.

Or, you’ve just witnessed a friend of your friend mess up, you can say, hang in there.

It’s just a colloquial way of telling someone not to give up, things will look up soon.

Grammar Mondays: adjectives 6

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The rule of thumb with these simple comparisons in English is:

object of comparison + adj. (comparative adjective, or more + adj.) + than + other object of comparison.

Strawberries taste better than bananas.

or

Physics is more interesting than Physical Education.

Okay, so it looks a little complicated, but it’s not once you get the hang of it.

The easiest way forward is to memorize a comparative sentence you feel comfortable with, then simply replace its adjective with others that you want to use.

Can you make any comparative sentences? Go ahead, give it a try. And ask for help if you need it!

Friday Idiom: break a leg

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This idiom is used in theatres; before an actor goes on stage, rather than saying « good luck », which incidentally is supposed to bring bad luck, you say, « break a leg! »

I have always wondered why we say break a leg… it is a bit strange after all. Its origins, however, are uncertain, so we’ll just have to remember not to say « good luck » to anyone about to perform!

Word of the Day: wary

Word of the day: wary. Improve your English vocabulary with Groupetude!

Well, many of us are wary of a great number of things, particularly in these strange times. I think it’s important to be able to express these worries with the adequate vocabulary!

So here are some more examples of the word « wary » in use:

  • We wary of things that seem to good to be true, they often are!
  • That said, it’s also important not to be wary of everything and everyone, trust is important too.
  • Christine gave him a wary look from across the table.

So there we are, can you think of any other examples?

Grammar Mondays: adjectives 3

The nice thing about adjectives in English is that they’re not terribly complicated. There are a few rules to remember, but on the whole, there isn’t that much to it.

Let’s look at an example of a descriptive paragraph, all the adjectives are in bold:

The sun’s rays beamed into the large room through the French doors. It illuminated everything, and gave the sparsely decorated office a warm and welcoming glow. The furniture was all made of wood: the chairs were upholstered, red velvet and of polished dark mahogany; the desk, also a dark mahogany, was wide and comfortable, with papers and books scattered all over; and not to forget, the potted plant stood upright on the hardwood floor with its leaves bursting joyfully from its soil, brining in air and life.

a large room.

upholstered chair

red velvet

a wide and comfortable desk

hardwood floor

potted plant

French doors

decorated office

polished dark mahogany

Now, can you try to describe either, the room you are in, or an imaginary room. You don’t need to use terribly complicated language, use the words you are comfortable with. If you’d like to step out of your comfort zone, you can reach for a thesaurus, which is a dictionary where you will find synonyms. You can find this online by typing « thesaurus » into Google. Good luck!

Don’t forget to post your descriptions here!

Word of the Day: preposterous

Have you read The Book with No Pictures? It’s a children’s book by B.J. Novak and it’s brilliant. It really has no pictures and is quite hilarious. My son just loves it and rolls around on the floor in stitches (laughing very hard)! Well, the word preposterous is in it, so I thought I’d make it today’s word, because I like the sound of it!

Examples:

What a preposterous thing to say!

It is absolutely preposterous to think that I would do the dishes for you.

What a preposterous idea, I would never sky-dive in a bikini!

Word of the Day: thorough

A quick note on pronunciation: /ˈθɜːrəʊ/ go to the link below to hear the word

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/thorough?q=thorough

Do you need some more examples? Here they are:

  • The supervisor made a very thorough evaluation of her staff.
  • The police carried out a thorough investigation into the Deewitter case.
  • André is very thorough when he cleans his teeth; he never has cavities.

Thorough is an adjective, but you can also turn it into an adverb: thoroughly. Here are some examples:

  • Please check the premises thoroughly.
  • He went through each drawer quite thoroughly.
  • It was a thoroughly tiering affair.

Word of the Day: jeopardize

Here is another word that I really like, perhaps also because it reminds me of the gameshow Jeopardy! that I used to watch as a kid.

When we talk of « danger » in the definition, it is not necessarily mortal danger, it can be, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. You might jeopardize your education if you don’t study; you can jeopardize your health if you smoke; you can put a project in jeopardy by neglecting to get help when you need it.

Have a look at Jeopardy!, the gameshow, I used to absolutely love it and felt so smart when I got a question right!