This will BREAK your heart!


  • Be careful it doesn’t break (intransitive)
  • Be careful you don’t break it (transitive)
  • These glasses break easily
  • You’ve broken another one
  • Finally somebody broke the silence
  • He broke the world record
  • She broke the ice with a joke
  • They broke the law (rules)
  • When do the children break up? (finish school for the holidays)
  • Jealousy breaks up many marriages
  • The Russian Empire broke up in 1991
  • His car broke down on the motorway
  • He broke down and confessed
  • I must break this material down into its constituent parts
  • Plastic takes years to break down
  • She’s had a nervous breakdown
  • Ronaldo broke away down the left wing
  • Catalunia wants to break away from Spain
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French words retaining their french pronunciation

The Norman Invasion and Conquest of England (1066) resulted in the use of the French language being used alongside Anglo-Saxon. The rulers were Norman speakers. So their language filtered down into the language of those conquered.

1.The theatre company is gradually increasing its repertoire

2. There was a strong smell coming from the abattoir

3. The building of a new reservoîr is in the pipeline

4. The concept of a lady in her boudoir would cause laughter these days

5. We took an aperitif first, and then entered the dining-room

6. After winning the lottery, he employed a chauffeur to drive him about

7. She looked very elegant indeed in a black chiffon dress

8. After the consommé, they brought caviare and finally petit-fours and liquers

9. This ballet was a part of the late Renaissance

10. They walked down the boulevard with a côterie of journalists

11. A coquettish brunette with a perfect coiffure and wearing a negligée entered

12. We listened to a lecture given by a champagne connoisseur in the canteen

13. The dentist showed his pique when I showed him a photo of my chateau

14. I counted fifty bullet-holes in the buildings façade

15. A platoon of soldiers set out to reconnoître the area

16. The restaurant was full, so we had to wait until there was an empty table

17. Despite three defeats in a row, the manager remained sanguine about promotion

18. I joined the champions entourage and managed to get a scoop

19.We are lucky to have good connections and can get entrés to most social events

20. Many now consider his form of cooking rather autre

21.I’m afraid the situation has got out of hand and has become a fait accompli

22. She almost always played the role of femme fatal in films

23. She was famous as a femme du monde in her early years

24. We attended the village fête on Saturday, and I won a coconut

25. When I entered the room, it was just like déjà vu

26. We had coq au vin for our main course and gateau for sweet

27.Real Madrid are Atlético’s bête noir

28. She wore a fleur-de-lis in her hair and was full of joie de vivre

29. She has a very laissez-faire attitude to her children’s education

30.We live in the country of course but keep a maison de ville in London

31. I asked the maître d’hôtel to keep me a table in the corner

32. He lives in an unconventional household; himself, his wife and her friend are a ménage a trois

33. My wife can make a wonderful meringue and I pâte de fois gras

34. My son has finally found his mêtier; he’s joined the police force

35. We thought we had found water but it was only a mirage

36. I was looking for something pithy, le mot just to finish the article

37. The first thing the young diplomat learns is how to show obeisance to Royalty

38.The artist gradually achieved what today we would term his oeuvre

39. The audience clambered for an encore at the end of the concert

40. A new pâtisserie has opened next to the wine bar

41. He belongs to Millet and his milieu

42. He has a massage every morning before playing a round of golf

43. Can you write a précis of the lecture and hand it in on Monday morning

44. The actors delivery was very puissant, and he deserved success

45. Go to the rôtisserie and buy a couple of roast chickens

46.The film was basically a collection of delightful vignettes


I can drive
This sentence means you have taken driving lesons and have reached a level of proficiency which has enabled you to pass an exam which allows you to apply for a licence issued by the authorities which in turn gives you the right to pilot a motor vehicle on the public highway. It also acknowledges that you have learnt all the practical skills or, in other words, yoou know how to drive

I can drive but I can’t drive at the moment
This sentence means you have reached proficiency and have obtained a licence but certain circumstances make it impossible or unadvisable to drive at the present time

I can see the castle                I can hear the music
These sentences mean that your geographical position enables you to see or hear something

I can understand her
This sentence means you can literally understand what she is saying

I can understand her predicament
This sentence means that you have empathy with the situation

It can lift an elephant
This sentence implies that the machine has been designed to fulfil a certain task

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English Adverbs Position

Adverbs Position

Here are some sentences full of adverbs!

  • subject / to be / degree + place / place / time
    • I’m / almost always / here / early on Mondays


  • subject / degree + frequency / verb / direct object / degree + manner / place / time
    • She /nearly always / drives / her car / really carefully / on the motorway
    • She hardly ever drives her small red sports car quite slowly in the city centre /along country lanes /through narrow streets

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Liverpool: Bob´s birthplace

Liverpool is situated on the estuary of the River Mersey. It used to be a very important port. You can still see ships sailing up and down the river. There are ferry services to Belfast and The Isle of Mann, and of course the famous cross-river service to The Wirral on the other side of the river. There are now only two ferries on the Mersey: The Royal Iris and The Snowdrop.The ferries run on the hour from the Pier Head in Liverpool, which is situated just in front of the Three Graces: the three most famous buildings in Liverpool, the most important of which is the Liver Building, on top of whose domes can be seen the symbolic Liver Birds.The ferries cross the river calling at Seaport in Wallasey and the after returning to the middle of the river, spin round and sail up-river to Woodside at Birkenhead.

What else is there to see?
Merseyside has got some of the most beautiful parks in the world. The spectacular Sefton Park in South Liverpool is the jewel in the crown with its trees and lakes and its famous Palm House. Birkenhead Park, which was the first ornamental park in the world, was used as a model for Central Park in New York. There are many other Victorian parks on Merseyside such as Stanley Park which separates Anfield and Goodison Park, the stadiums where Liverpool FC and Everton FC play.

For people who like The Beatles, Liverpool of course is a shrine to them. There are numerous Beatles’ Museums and a lot of pubs which claim The Beatles were their clients in the past. There exist bus and taxi tours for tourists who wish to visit all the places mentioned in The Fab Fours’ songs, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.

Bob in Liverpool

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English as funny language part II: HOMONYMS


Carrying on from homophones, here we see homonyms (same spelling; different meaning)

  • I’d like to book the book fair visit
  • I bank at the bank on the river bank
  • The dirty mark meant a lower mark
  • The vet put the repair of Polly’s bill on my bill
  • The table of prices are on each table
  • Blow on it first and then give it a sharp blow
  • I’ll strike you with this stick if you go on strike
  • Forcing them to measure it would be a strong measure
  • They’ll rifle your drawers in search of your rifle
  • I think the referee will side with their side
  • Those going on leave must leave before noon
  • Peter collects the leaves and then leaves them here
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English as funny language part I: HOMOPHONES

> HOMOPHONES are very curious things and invite puns and inuendo, which are part-and-parcel of the English sense of humour. Who hasn’t heard “tennis is a racket (raquet)”?

> HOMONYMS are another source of puns and inuendo but we’ll come to them later.

> HOMOPHONES (same sound; different spelling and meaning):

  • He allowed them to read aloud
  • He blew blue smoke in my eyes
  • These birds often bury a berry in this pot
  • I have a cereal while I watch the serial
  • She was in a daze for days
  • He rode down the road
  • I want to hire a higher one
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