Thursday, February 15, 2018

Commonly Confused English Expressions You Need to Get Right (Pt. 2)

Enhance your IELTS performance by expanding your vocabulary. Start by learning how to apply the English expressions below. Pay attention to how they’re phrased as even native English users often get them wrong. Then, practice using them to your speech and essays during your IELTS center classes. 

Commonly Confused English Expressions

       1.    Walk into | Walk away with | Walk tall
Walk into – to storm into or become involved in something due to recklessness or ignorance
She was walking into a job with a lot of controversial issues.

Walk away with – to win or steal something, often with little or no effort
Thanks to intensive IELTS center classes, the student walked away with an overall band score higher than his initial goal.

Walk tall – to demonstrate pride and self-confidence
The most important thing that his teacher taught him was to walk tall, regardless of what other people said about his race.

        2.    Talk up | Talk tall | Talk into | Talk around
Talk up – to praise or make much of something or someone
The lawmakers accused the press of sparking up the rally.

Talk tall – to brag about something
The salesman loves to tall talk about his merchandise.

Talk into – to persuade or cajole someone into doing something
Despite her reservations, the man managed to talk her into trying one of his dishes.

Talk around – to beat around the bush when talking about something
The instructor at the IELTS review center Philippines strongly discouraged talking around during the speaking test. 

        3.    Look down on | Look up to | Look over
Look down on – to hold someone or something in contempt
The mayor looked down on his constituents, contrary to what his platforms said while he was campaigning.

Look up to – to idolize or hold someone in high regard
She looked up to him since she was a child.

Look over – to take a cursory analysis  
The man argued that he did look over the rental property, he just didn’t notice the damage during his visit.

        4.    Get by | Get away | Get away with
Get by – to survive or accomplish something in passing
He didn’t see any point in changing jobs since she could get by with her current one.

Get away – to escape or leave
Thankfully, they got away from the burning building with only a few minor burns. 

Get away with – to pull something off without dealing with any consequence
Jessie thinks her younger brother could get away with murder given his cherubic looks and toothy smiles.

        5.    Come at | Come by | Come for
Come at – to attack or to launch oneself at someone
I saw the thief just as he was coming at me.

Come by – to visit someone or obtain something
His IELTS center instructor told him to come by the office to pick up his review materials.

Come for – to travel to collect something
He came for his sister’s umbrella, the blue one with yellow flowers.

         6.    Stand in | Stand for | Stand-down
Stand-in – to deputize or assume someone else’s position in their absence
He will be standing in for the Science teacher next week.

Stand for – to tolerate or put up with something
The editor won’t stand for mediocre work.

Stand-down – to withdraw or go off-duty, typically used in military situations
The general told his soldiers to stand down after he saw the white flag.

          7.    Hang about | Hang on | Hang back
Hang about – to loiter or wait idly
The teacher told off all the students she found hanging about the hallways during class hours.

Hang on – to wait
The operator told him to hang on while she connected his call.

Hang back – to wait for something before acting
Can you hang back on that project until I get these proposals cleared by the manager? 
To learn more expressions that’ll elevate your speech and essays, enrol in a JRooz IELTS review center Philippines today!

“Vocabularies Enrichment.” Teaching English: Creative and Innovative. Accessed February 12, 2018.


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