By Colin McNairn
What do “the entire equipment and caboodle," “the complete shebang," “the entire megillah," “the entire enchilada," “the entire 9 yards," “the complete field and dice," and “the complete Monty" have in universal? They're all expressions that suggest “the whole quantity," and they're all examples of the breadth and intensity of the English-speaking world's vocabulary.
From the multitude of phrases and words in day-by-day use, the writer of this pleasant exploration into what we are saying and why we are saying it zeroes in on these expressions and sayings and their adaptations which are humorous, quirky, simply undeniable folksy, or playfully dressed up in rhyme or alliteration. a few could have turn into clichés that, as it's acknowledged with “tongue in cheek," could be “avoided just like the plague." Others were distorted, deemed politically flawed, or shrouded in secret and needs to undergo a few explanation.
Among the themes the writer delves into are expressions that shouldn't be taken actually (“dressed to kill" and “kick the bucket"), overseas expressions that crept into English (“carte blanche," “carpe diem," and “que sera, sera"), words borrowed from print advertisements and television ads (“where there's lifestyles, there's Bud" and “where the rubber meets the road"), animal photographs (“a barrel of monkeys" and “chasing your tail"), and foods and drinks (“cast your bread upon the water," “chew the fat," “bottom's up!", and “drink as a lord").
Here's a ebook for everybody who delights within the mysteries of language and the best present for all of the “wordies" on your lifestyles.
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Forming tenses Auxiliary verbs are used to link the main verb to the subject, helping to form diﬀerent tenses. The future, perfect, and continuous tenses all rely on auxiliary verbs. ▷ Forming negatives Auxiliary verbs are the only verbs that can be made negative. A negative sentence is formed by placing the word not between the auxiliary verb and the main verb. ▷ Forming questions In a statement, the subject always comes before the verb. Auxiliary verbs can switch places with their subjects in order to form questions.
Bread The zero article Some words, such as school, life, and home, take the deﬁnite article when a particular one is being referred to, and the indeﬁnite article when one of several is being described. When these words are used to describe a general concept, such as being at school, the article is removed. This absence of an article is known as the zero article. at flying school This describes school as a concept—a place where a person goes to learn something—so the zero article (no article) is used.
Modal auxiliaries are unusual because they do not have an inﬁnitive form or participles, nor— unlike primary auxiliaries and regular verbs—do they take the ending -s for the third person singular. The third person singular modal auxiliary does not take an -s; “he cans” doesn’t make sense. Modal auxiliary Use Example can Used to express a person’s ability to do something. I can run fast. could Used to show possibility; also the past form of can. I could run faster. may Used to ask permission to do something, or to express a possibility.