English Knowledge


bitter pill to swallow

09

Oct 2015

What Do You Mean By The Expression-bitter pill to swallow?

Did you find difficulty in swallowing a medicine because of its bitter taste? Perhaps so .The bad taste makes it difficult to swallow. But the expression “bitter pill to swallow” in English language means a difficult fact which is really hard to accept under the situation. Examples- It was a bitter pill for Jack to swallow when he came to know that he will no...

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need and its uses

04

Oct 2015

Learn How To Use “Need” Correctly To Improve Your English

The word need can be used both as a principal and as an auxiliary verb. When it is used as a principal verb, the word need is used having the meaning require and is followed by an infinitive- to. The word has two forms needs which is used in the present tense with third person singular. In the past tense we use it in the...

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uses of superlative

30

Sep 2015

How To Use Superlative And Make Your Language Effective

What is a Superlative? In English grammar, a superlative is a form of adjective or adverb that suggests the highest order or the intense degree of a quality surpassing all others. For instance, when you illustrate three tall people, Tom, Peter and John, you would possibly say- Tom is tall boy where ‘tall’ is fundamentally an adjective. “Peter is taller than Tom” where taller is...

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metaphor vs simile

28

Sep 2015

What Is The Difference Between Metaphor and Simile?

The two words Metaphor and Simile are bit confusing for many of the learners of English language. It appears to be similar in nature but there is a difference. You may have to scratch your head to understand the basic difference between the two. But once it goes into your head you will understand that there is a difference between the two figures of speech....

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loose or lose

11

Sep 2015

How To Grasp The Difference In Use between Loose and Lose

There are a lot of English learners who often confuse between lose and loose. But writing loose when to write lose would give a meaningless sentence. Loose is an adjective. The opposite of loose is tight. Example- My trousers are loose. Your shoes are loose and so I cannot walk fast. All my clothes are loose. I have lost weight after a few training sessions....

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bare or bear

08

Sep 2015

Bare vs Bear- How To Use the Similar Sounding Words Correctly

The word bare and bear sounds confusing to many and so find themselves in an uncomfortable position while using them in conversation or writing. Let us have a look at these two confusing words. The word bare means naked or which does not have clothing. It is used as an adjective. Examples- You should not walk bare foot. In earlier times the athletes used to run...

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moral or morale

08

Sep 2015

Moral vs Morale

MORAL– The word Moral can be used as a Noun or an Adjective. It can also be used to illustrate a type of story that conveys how one should or should not conduct. The word is so concerned with the basics of right or wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character. Example- The moral of the story is, honesty is the best policy.(...

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when pigs fly

03

Sep 2015

When Pigs Fly- What Does It Express

The phrase, “when pigs fly” refers to something that is unlikely to happen. Pigs can’t fly. It is impossible to expect that pigs will fly also one day. So the expression refers to a situation that is unlikely to happen Example- I will wake up early and go for a morning walk. Yes, you will do when pigs fly....

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cool as a cucumber-

03

Sep 2015

Cool As A Cucumber- What Does This Expression Mean

Basically the fruit cucumber is of very cool nature . You get a cool feeling and it helps in digestion.So if someone is of very cool nature, relaxed and confident in his life, we can say that person is cool as a cucumber. Example- Tom was as cool as a cucumber before the interview because he was well prepared for the interview and finally succeeded...

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spill the beans

01

Sep 2015

What Do You Imply When Someone Says ‘Don’t Spill The Beans”

The expression,”spill the beans” is to reveal the secret  or pass on private information but which was done by mistake or not intentionally. Example- There is a surprise gift for all the staff at the end of the meeting. Please don’t spill the beans. The lady threatened to spill the beans to his wife or approach the police....

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let the cat out of the bag

31

Aug 2015

What Do You Mean By The Idiom, “Let the Cat out Of the Bag”

The idiom ,”let the cat out of the bag” means to tell or reveal a secret by mistake. That is being careless while speaking. Example- I was going to pay a surprise visit to my brother’s house but my son let the cat out of the bag. So now my brother knows it. The company was going to give a surprise gift to the highest...

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