Although often neglected, spelling matter in IELTS. Spelling play a very important role in deciding your band in IELTS. A correct spelling could save you good marks in Listening as well as in lexical resource. Although few incorrect spellings are ignored, but if you make many, it could lead you to a trap hole. Today, I bring to you few of the common English spelling we often get confused on.
1.Till and Until-: often it seems that since till has two l in the end, until will have two l, since all we are doing is adding un to it. How to remember this? Let us just say, sine two words are added in front of it, it loses the two l, making it until.( this is no logical explanation, it is just a way to remember).
2.Forth and Fourth-: Both of these words are pronounced similar. But, forth means to move forward, but fourth means the number four. How to remember this? Easy enough. The one that spells like “four” refers to it. The other one is forward.
These spellings could sound trivial, but when written wrong or understood wrong, could create a havoc in your exam.
Life in itself, is beautiful, right? But, sometimes, here or there, we do make goals, things we want to achieve in life. To do that, one needs to cut things out. This time we are looking at some of the idioms related to goals and dreams !! If you want to succeed, cut out on the inessentials of your life.
Sleep on it
- Sentence: You need to sleep on it before you ask other people to act on it.
Meaning: Think about something before making decision.
Cut it out
- Sentence: His songs are so irritating, can you please just cut it out!
Meaning: stop doing something bad
Give someone a hand
- Sentence: In this world, where there is terrorism, loneliness, a brighter world can only be created if we start giving the needy a hand.
Meaning: to help
Keep one’s chin up
- Sentence: The path to success can be difficult but if you really want it, all you have to do is keep you chin up and your desire burning.
Meaning: Remain brave and keep on trying
To get the ball rolling
- Sentence: After all the hard work I have put in starting the venture, I guess the time has come when we can get the ball rolling.
Meaning: start something especially something big
The thick of something
- Sentence: Chandini Chowk is the thick of Delhi.
Meaning: the busiest or the crowded part of something
Thick and fast
- Sentence: India won thick and fast.
Meaning: rapidly and in great numbers.
In the nature of things
- Sentence: It is really hard to change something that is in the nature of it.
Meaning: something that is inevitable.
- Sentence:It takes guts to go nap.
Meaning: risk everything in an attempt.
The nature of the beast
- Sentence: His laziness is the nature of the beast.
Meaning: something that cannot be changed about someone and must be accepted.
If you want to get a high score in IELTS, remember, all you got to do is keep your chin up and when the time arrives let the ball rolling.
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In many ways English is a sexist language. It reflects the society around. Today we will look idioms that were originally used to refer to men but with time they can now also be used for women.
Man of few words
- Sentence-: Richie Benaud was a man of few words.
Meaning-: someone who does not speak too much.
A ladies man
- Sentence- James Bond was a ladies’ man.
Meaning-: Someone who goes out with women, talk to them and hang out more than usual.
Man of his words
- Sentence-: Mahatma Gandhi was a man of his words.
Meaning-: someone who keeps his promise.
Man of the people
- Sentence-: Narendra Modi is a man of the people.
Meaning-: someone who understands and expresses the ideas of the ordinary people
- Sentence-: When I asked Abhishek about his marriage plans, he said he was a confirmed bachelor for at least 4 years.
Meaning-: someone who is single and wants to stay that way.
Fiddle while Rome burns
- Sentence-: You can easily fiddle while Rome burns, but then be ready to face the consequences.
Meaning-: to do trivial matters while ignoring the important issues
On the fiddle
- Sentence-: She has been on the fiddle for a long time.
Meaning-: to be engaged in cheating
Get your just deserts
- Sentence-: Yakub menon in some ways got his just deserts.
Meaning-: Get what you deserve
Up a stump
- Sentence-: I am stuck in an up a stump.
Meaning-: a situation that is too difficult to manage
Nothing succeeds like success
- Sentence-: May be its tough to be successful, but nothing succeeds like success
Meaning-: success brings better and greater opportunities
Out of all the above idioms apart from ,”a ladies’ man” and “confirmed bachelor” others can be used for women as well!
So, go on. Learn the above, grasp them and make them part of your expressions.