“Bogus” – What does it mean?

Bogus

Example sentences from the web:

  • Some of the reviews on these sites are bogus, and even the real ones are written by people with an extreme experience to report – either an exceptionally good one or an outrageously bad one.
  • The address on that shipment turns out to be bogus —a rented mail drop.
  • It was just a bogus claim.

“To ascertain” – What does it mean?

To ascertain

Thesaurus:

Ascertain - visual thesaurus

Image source

Example sentences from the web:

  • She hasn’t told the truth as far as anybody can pretty much ascertain for anything significant in years.
  • The level of local government debt nationwide is hard to ascertain.
  • He looked at the sky to ascertain that a half day’s light remained.

Inane – What does it mean?

Inane

Example sentences from the web:

  • He’s always making inane remarks.
  • Five minutes have passed since you started this inane conversation.
  • The film’s plot is inane and full of clichés.

Words from the example sentences you may not know:

To yammer => (informal) to talk in an annoying way usually for a long time.
Cliché => something that people have said or done so much that it has become boring or has no real meaning.

‘Dedication’ – What does it mean?

Dedication 1 Deducation 2

Dedication3

Image source

Example sentences from the web:

  • I am sure you will do it with great effectiveness and dedication.
  • His dedication went far beyond what would normally be expected of a chief election observer.
  • Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.

DEDICATION – Noora Noor

This song is for my mother
Who told me to work harder
The way she loves
Makes me feel free

This song is for my brothers
With them, so much wiser
The way they love
I feel so complete

Everyone (love) thought that I could (love) do
Whatever, whenever, wherever I set my mind on
Everyone (love) thought that I could do (love)
Whatever, whenever, wherever I set my mind on

This song is for my sister
I melt when I’m around her
So much joy she brings for me to see

This song is for my father
Without him, I’m so much stronger
From Heaven he guides me through a rainy day

Everyone (love) thought that I could do (love)
Whatever, whenever, wherever I set my mind on
Everyone (love) thought that I could do (love)
Whatever, whenever, wherever I set my mind on

Believe in me
I believe in you
Believe in me
I believe in you
Believe in, believe in, believe in me
I believe in you, you
In you, you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah yeah…
I promise I’ll be better

Everyone (love) thought that I could do (love)
I set my mind ???? ????
Everyone (love) thought that I could do (love)
Do whatever, whenever, wherever I set my mind on
Yeah

Comic on this topic by British Council with comprehension test:
Comic on dedication.

“To be/feel/look bushed” – English idiom

To be bushed

Image source

Be/feel/look bushed

Image source

Example sentences from the web:

  • After all that exercise, I’m bushed.
  • The poor kid is bushed, I’ll take her home. She’s not in any shape to take more right now.
  • “We’re off to bed now”, said Alfonso. “We are bushed!” Isabella laughed.
    “Well, we are”, said Ronnie, indignantly.
    “We’ve done a lot today, you know. And walked miles.”
    “I know that. I’m not laughing at you being tired, Ron. It’s just when we say in Australia that we’re bushed, it can also mean that we’re lost. Or confused. Like we don’t know what’s going on. Not just tired […].”
    Taken from Whitely, M, 2014, Bushed!, Elm House Publishing, p. 84.

Words and expressions from the example sentences that you may not know:

  • TO BE IN SHAPE => to be in good condition physically and functionally
  • TO BE OFF TO BED => .to go to bed; to go to sleep.

Quiz on vocabulary – for advanced English learners

Fill in the gaps in the sentences. Use a dictionary if necessary.

Vocabulary quiz

McCarthy, M., O’Dell, F. (2006), English Vocabulary in Use, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 139.


Tomorrow the answers will be available on Facebook: Free English Materials
(Album: Quizzes’ answers).

“To hamper” – What does it mean?

To_hamperOther examples from the web:

  • Fog hampered the rescue effort.
  • The dancers’ movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.
  • Unlike Mrs Andreasen, I do not think that this transparency will hamper the finance industry’s competitiveness.
  • There are really too many obstacles hampering citizens wishing to study, work or go and shop in another Member State.

Words from the example sentences you may not know:

RESCUEthe act of rescuing; to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
ELABORATE = made or done with great care or with much detail.

“To boast” – What does it mean?

To_boast

Examples from the web:

  • It is a fact that countries with high taxes cannot boast of any visible success in the fight against alcoholism.
  • “I’ve sold more paintings than you ever will,” the artist boasted.
  • The city boasts a fine cathedral.
  • He boasts that he can speak six languages.
  • In comparison to other European countries, Poland can boast of significant achievements in the field of environmental protection.