Japanese researchers have developed a robot capable
of taking to the floor by predicting how its human partner will move.
'Taking to the floor' in the above sentence means dancing. The word 'take' is used in a variety of phrasal verbs.Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 12:00am
Allergy testing is a very effective method for controlling allergies; however, it can be expensive and requires either the pet owner or the veterinarian to give periodic injections.
You use 'either ... or' to refer to two items of which any one can be considered.22 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
having high moral principles and ideals
to ward off
to keep something away
to ask someone to marry you
to succumb to
to die because of
(n, usually plural)16 Apr 2004 - 12:00am
We often add the suffix '-ed' to a verb to form its past tense or past participle, eg. 'Politics never interested her.' Here, 'interested' is a verb. However, some '-ed' words can be adjectives as well, eg. 'She was never interested in politics.'30 Mar 2004 - 12:00am
Subject-verb Agreement9 Mar 2004 - 12:00am
As school fees have remained unchanged, that means parents now bear a smaller share of total spending on their children's education.
The word 'bear' is used as a verb in this sentence. 'Bear' has different meanings when used as a noun and as a verb.
As a noun, a bear is a large, heavy mammal which walks on two feet.6 Feb 2004 - 12:00am
to come upon
to meet someone/something unexpectedly. Or you may say, you've 'come across' somebody/something
Example: The student was surprised when he came upon his teacher in a shopping mall.
to be taken aback
to be surprised or shocked. Remember to use the passive voice23 Oct 2003 - 12:00am