Personal observations on life

Use sharper words to convey meaning

Are you bored by the words you use? If you are bored, think how much more bored will the examiner be when you see your answer paper, The key to add zest to the language is to use sharper words that convey the exact, not generic meaning. Let us look at some of them.

come: advance, approach, arrive, near, reach

go: depart, disappear, fade, move, proceed, recede, travel

run: dash, escape, elope, flee, hasten, hurry, race, rush, speed, sprint

hurry: rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle

hide: conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil.

move: plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, drag, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, jog, trudge, lumber, trail, run, sprint, trip, bound, breeze, stride, tear, rush, dash, dart, bolt, scamper, scurry, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, accelerate, roam, journey, trek, ride, slip, guide, slither, prance, pace, lunge

Now let us have a small exercise. Below given are some sentences with ordinary words we use. Replace them with more appropriate and sharper words given above.

  1. The mice ran across room get to the cheese.
  2. I was unhappy that he had hidden the truth from me.
  3. Many of the jobless people just go around the town,
  4. We moved fast to the supermarket as it was almost time to close,
  5. He had hidden a gun under his bed.

Personal observations on life

Vocabulary exercises

term      compromising                 lack       depressing         extended            conventional        merchandise        virtually            obesity                trailing                promoting          critics browse               excursions         bonding

fill in the blanks with a word from the box above.

1. Students should find time to engage in sports without …………………… their studies.

2. The shop had a wide range of ……………. for sale.

3. This mall is very big. It has ……………. everything under the sun for sale.

4. Normally this shop is open only from 10 a m to 5 pm. But now they have …………….. their opening hours.

5. Your style of wearing clothes is very ……………………

6. The ……………… ‘couch potato’ is used to refer to a person who spends a lot of time on the couch in front of TV so that he becomes as fat as a potato.

7. On our way to Bandar, we stopped to …………around a bookshop for the latest novels.

8. ……………… of junk food say that eating junk food often will lead to sickness.

9. Our school arranges educational …………………… for students often.

10. Having dinner together will improve family ………………………

11. It is very ……………….. to see animals being treated badly.

12. The …………….. of exercise is making young people very unfit these days.

13. Childhood ………………….. is a very serious problem in many developed countries.

14. We should be ……………… physical activities instead of concentrating too much on academics.

15. I saw my friend John and his wife, with his children ………………… behind.

English language teaching

Vocabulary – fill in the blanks exercises

Fill in the blanks with the right word. The meaning of the word is given in brackets.

  1. Only true friends show …………………….. (real) happiness when you succeed in something.
  2. The …………….. (nice smells) of the food items kept in the stalls reached us as we walked in.
  3. The dancers did a very ……………… (causing admiration) performance.
  4. A ……………….(large amount) of clothes of different sizes and colors were displayed at the shop.
  5. My brother went to England with the ………………….. (aim) of joining one of the universities there.
  6. The apples in the basket look ………………..(tempting)
  7. I am ………………….(likely to accept) to agree with optimists who say that human beings are inherently loving and caring.
  8. I ……………………(told without any doubt) my daughter that I would attend her graduation ceremony.
  9. I am very ………………….. (worried) about my friend’s health. He has been coughing a lot recently.
  10. Education and healthy should be given ………………… (more importance than others) when deciding the budget of a family.

 

Answers

  1. genuine
  2. aromas
  3. impressive
  4. plethora
  5. intention
  6. tantalizing
  7. inclined
  8. assured
  9. concerned
  10. priority