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    in passing/keep quite/ensuing/get up/get out/suppliers/step down/rile/post(v)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Our teacher showed us different kinds of flowers and told us in passing that those flowers came from her garden.

    The writer of the story says he grew up in New York and mentions in passing that his parents came from Italy.

    in passing = while talking about that subject; as extra information; also

    We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight.

    I was reading when the earthquake occurred, and, by the way, it was The Last Days of Pompeii that I was reading.

    by the way = just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of

    Garn, a Republican from Layton, resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after acknowledging he paid $150,000 to Maher to keep quiet about the incident.

    keep quite = keep still = refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

    When the snow began to tumble down the mountain, dozens of spectators were watching the snowmobilers from a place where they thought they were safe. In reality, they were too close to the action and became trapped in the ensuing disaster.

    The ensuing panic arose there.

    He will graduate in the ensuing year.

    ensuing = following immediately and as a result of what went before

    Once we got up there, there were people that had already been extricated from the snow and unburied and had been able to get out of there," Moskaluk said.

    get up = raise from a lower to a higher position

    get out = leave, escape

    Bill Gates is stepping down from the day-to-day running of Microsoft to concentrate on his charity.

    step down = resign from office

    Cost succeses, particularly when necessary to ensure the continued financial viability of key suppliers, has the effect of reducing our earnings.

    supplier = one who supplies materials, products, or services to others; firm in either the wholesale or the retail supply business

    Oh, hold your horses, Squire. There’s no use getting riled, no hew.

    hold one’s horses = slow down, be patient

    That got me quite riled!

    rile = to trouble the nerves or peace of mind of

    Please post this important message on your notice board.

    post (v) = paste

    The card was posted from Mary's holiday address.

    post (v) = send by mail

    This carriage can post from London to Bath in only two days.

    post (v) = go to the post

    Keep me posted on the developments in our plan while I'm away, will you?

    keep someone posted = keep someone informed of the latest developments or news

    Post me up on your activities in the committee.

    Have all the sales figures been posted up yet?

    post up = account, transfer, record

    Many of the men will be pleased when their commanding officer is posted to another station.

    post = nominate

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Exclamation Re: in passing/keep quite/ensuing/get up/get out/suppliers/step down/rile/post(v)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Our teacher showed us different kinds of flowers and told us in passing that those flowers came from her garden.

    The writer of the story says he grew up in New York and mentions in passing that his parents came from Italy.

    in passing = while talking about that subject; as extra information; also
    =by the way; incidentally

    We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight.

    I was reading when the earthquake occurred, and, by the way, it was The Last Days of Pompeii that I was reading.

    by the way = just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of
    =introducing a different topic=an additional interesting piece of information



    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    in passing’ and ‘by the way’ have almost identical use, but the expression ‘by the way’ does not simply mean "in addition to", it is usually followed by fact(s) which strikes as an afterthought (which was forgotten to be told before), but not related to the main point of the conversation/subject.

    Example: How is your everything going? How do you find your new job? Good? And, by the way, what about your friend who attended the same interview with you?,,

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