• Sat
  • Aug 2, 2014
  • Updated: 4:18pm


Language point

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

Language point

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

Look it up



having high moral principles and ideals

to ward off

(phrasal verb)

to keep something away

to propose


to ask someone to marry you

to succumb to

(phrasal verb)

to die because of


(n, usually plural)

16 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

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

Language point

Subject-verb Agreement

9 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

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

Give me five

to come upon

(phrasal verb)

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

(phrasal verb)

to be surprised or shocked. Remember to use the passive voice

23 Oct 2003 - 12:00am