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Idioms and phrases related to eating

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by Kate Woodford

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It is sometimes said that the next best thing to eating food is talking about food. If this is true, we need the vocabulary with which to do it! In this post, we focus on idioms, phrasal verbs and other phrases that we use to talk about eating.

As you might imagine, many of the more colourful phrases in English relate to eating a lot. Someone who has eaten too much may say informally that they have made a pig of themselves: I made a real pig of myself at lunch.

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It’s Terrible! (Words that mean ‘bad’)

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by Kate Woodford

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Some of you may have read a recent post here on words and phrases used for saying that things are good or great. This week our mood is a little less positive and we’re exploring the language that we use for saying that things are bad.

We’ll start with some very frequent words that can be used to describe most things that are very bad, (‘bad’ in this case meaning generally ‘unpleasant or causing difficulties’). The adjectives awful, dreadful, terrible and appalling are all commonly used for saying that something is very unpleasant. The weather was absolutely awful./I’ve had a dreadful cold./We had a terrible time./The way they treated her was just appalling.

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Welcome, baby!

Maybe it’s too early to welcome you, you are still in me, 31 weeks. We still have some weeks to go. Anyway, I want you to know, whether you are a girl or a boy, we love you already.

Mommy and daddy will try our best to raise you. Our parenting goal is to make you happy and healthy.

We love you.

Welcome, baby!

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Apa yang saya percayai adalah, setiap perintah dan larangan dari Alloh, semuanya itu memanusiakan manusia. Membuat batasan agar manusia tetap pada koridor yang benar, baik itu dalam menjalin hubungan dengan sesama atau terhadap Tuhan.

Ketika aturan Tuhan dilanggar, terjadi berbagai penyimpangan yang menimbulkan masalah.

Tuhan Maha Penyayang, Dia menciptakan konsep surga dan neraka, pahala dan dosa, agar manusia termotivasi, terdorong untuk selalu menaati perintah-Nya dan larangan-Nya. Sesungguhnya jikalaupun neraka dan surga tidak ada, pahala dan dosa tidak ada. Konsekuensi dari melakukan perintah dan menaati larangan-Nya pasti ada.

Umat Islam sangat beruntung, aturan sudah disediakan, tidak perlu lagi dibuat. Bagian paling susah adalah menaatinya.

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Transitive or intransitive; Countable or uncountable – what does it all mean??

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by Liz Walter

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It’s all very well being told that we use many in front of countable plural nouns and much before uncountable nouns, but what happens if you don’t know what ‘countable’ and ‘uncountable’ mean? People like me, who write about language, use these terms all the time but why should we assume that our readers know them? After all, they are quite technical, and most people in the street wouldn’t know their meaning. That’s why I thought we’d take a step back this week and look at a few really basic terms that help learners understand language.

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Head over heels! (Love idioms)

oh love, I love you

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by Kate Woodford

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With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, our attention at About Words has turned to love, or more specifically, the various phrases and idioms that we use to describe romantic love. If love is on your mind, read on…

We’ll begin this post with the start of romantic love. When you fall in love, you start to love someone romantically: They met in the spring of 2009 and fell madly in love.

If you start to love someone from the first time you see them, you may describe the experience as love at first sightAl and I met in a friend’s kitchen and it was love at first sight for both of us.

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