Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Silverobama is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    689
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Hi,

    What are the differences between these four expressions?


    What a bore.

    What a nuisance.

    What a trial.

    What a jerk.

    Thanks a lot

  2. #2
    freezeframe is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    2,113
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What are the differences between these four expressions?


    What a bore. Something/someone is boring.

    What a nuisance. Something is annoying or inconvenient.

    What a trial. I don't think anyone would say this... Unless, I guess, they're talking about a legal trial, as in a courtroom procedure?

    What a jerk. Someone is being rude, inconsiderate, etc.

    Thanks a lot
    .

  3. #3
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,642
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    .
    definition of trial from Oxford Dictionaries Online
    3 a person, experience, or situation that tests a person's endurance or forbearance:the trials and tribulations of married life.

  4. #4
    freezeframe is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    2,113
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    definition of trial from Oxford Dictionaries Online
    3 a person, experience, or situation that tests a person's endurance or forbearance:the trials and tribulations of married life.
    But would people actually say "What a trial"? It sounds outdated.

  5. #5
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    But would people actually say "What a trial"? It sounds outdated.
    I think I might. It certainly doesn't sound particularly strange to me.

  6. #6
    freezeframe is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    2,113
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I think I might. It certainly doesn't sound particularly strange to me.
    You prove my point.

    QED


  7. #7
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,642
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What are the differneces between these four terms?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    You prove my point.

    QED

    No ageism please! I might say it too.

Similar Threads

  1. to be on terms of
    By Eway in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Jun-2008, 23:19
  2. terms
    By busra332 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2008, 23:43
  3. in terms of
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Feb-2008, 09:38
  4. Terms
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Jan-2005, 23:19
  5. terms
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Dec-2004, 10:05

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •