Wednesday, July 27, 2011

idioms and meanings ^.^

  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree: A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.
  • Cry Over Spilt Milk: When you complain about a loss from the past.
  • An Arm And A Leg: Very expensive. A large amount of money.
  • Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Stuck between two very bad options.
  • Dropping Like Flies: A large number of people either falling ill or dying.
  • Chip on his Shoulder: Angry today about something that occurred in the past.
  • Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  • Great Minds Think Alike: Intelligent people think like each other.
  • If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another.
  • Keep An Eye On Him: You should carefully watch him.
  • A Piece of Cake: A task that can be accomplished very easily.
  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words: It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.
  • Apple of My Eye: Someone who is cherished above all others.
  • Make No Bones About: To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.
  • Not Playing With a Full Deck: Someone who lacks intelligence.
  • Method To My Madness: Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.
  • Queer the pitch: Destroy or ruin a plan.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: By constantly practicing, you will become better.
  • Sixth Sense: A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.
  • Mumbo Jumbo: Nonsense or meaningless speech.
  • Keep body and soul together: To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .
  • Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures: When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.
  • Drink like a fish: To drink very heavily.
  • Your Guess Is As Good As Mine: I have no idea.
  • Water Under The Bridge: Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.
  • When Pigs Fly : Something that will never ever happen.
  • You Are What You Eat: In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.
  • Zero Tolerance: No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.
  • To Make A Long Story Short: Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.
  • Under the weather: Feeling ill or sick.
  • The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall: While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.
  • If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...
  • Hat Trick: When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc. 
  • He Lost His Head: Angry and overcome by emotions. 
  • All Greek to me: Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be.
  • Back Seat Driver: People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.
  • Break A Leg: A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.
  • A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush: Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
  • Back Seat Driver: People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.
  • Devil's Advocate: Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the arguement. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater.
  • Good Samaritan:Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.
  • Last but not least: An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.
  • Peeping Tom: Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own gratification.
  • The Last Straw: When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last small burden that one can take.
  • You Can't Take it With You: Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have, since when you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you.
  • Cast Iron Stomach: Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking anything.
  • A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand:Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.  Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out. 
  • All Bark And No Bite: When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.
  • Loose Cannon: Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.
  • Rome Was Not Built In One Day: If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

^.^ nice word . .

Friday, July 22, 2011

subject-verb agreement

d0 i need an s at the end of the verb?

or sh0uld i leave the s 0of?

in the present tense,singular verb end in the suffix s' plural verb d0 not.

The foods that provide(a)good nutrition are(b)
often the least tasty; a hamburger and fries,
on the other hand, satisfy(c)the tongue but clog the arteries.

  1. (a)provides
  2. (b)are
  3. (c)satisfies
  4. (d)n0 change is necessary
  • is need to be the plural are, which option B fixes.
Two [or more] singular nouns joined by and make a plural subject.
example:The chicken wing and lamb rib sit untouched on Ruth's plate.
  • because there's no S at the end of sit, you know it's plural verb.
Agreement in a nutshell
  • The elephant trumpets for a peanut.
elephant=singular subject
trumpets=singular verb

  • The elephants trumpet for peanuts.
elephants=plural subject
trumpet=plural verb

when each or every precedes two [or more] singular nouns joined by and , you have a singular subject.
example:every chicken wing and pork rib sits untouched on Ruth's plate.
  • because there is an S at the end of sit,you know it's a singular verb.