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    push one's vocabulary further

    At the beginning of this video, Emma says, "... then you need to start pushing your vocabulary further."


    Does "push one's vocabulary further" mean "to increase one's vocabulary"?

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    Re: push one's vocabulary further

    Actually it means more than that. Emma thinks that this person is not putting a proper effort into his studies(?). Therefore, she uses the phrase "start pushing" to emphasize her point.

    Why don't you give us the complete sentence?
    You are not helping us by giving us just a snippet of the sentence. That is why I put (?) after studies. I am just guessing what the "person's" problem is.
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    Re: push one's vocabulary further

    I don't think there's any implication of lack of effort. The lesson is directed at the web, not at any one individual.

    She's simply saying that if you want to sound more interesting, and wish to broaden your expressive range, you need to increase your vocabulary, specifically with synonyms.
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    Re: push one's vocabulary further

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I don't think there's any implication of lack of effort. The lesson is directed at the web, not at any one individual.

    She's simply saying that if you want to sound more interesting, and wish to broaden your expressive range, you need to increase your vocabulary, specifically with synonyms.
    The simple fact is... given that we have only a snippet of the whole sentence, we are just guessing what the issues are between these two people. We have no context to fill in the blanks.
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    Re: push one's vocabulary further

    Lynxear, you do realize there's a link to a video in the original post, don't you? The entire conversation is available in that video, with full context.
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    Re: push one's vocabulary further

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    She's simply saying that if you want to sound more interesting, and wish to broaden your expressive range, you need to increase your vocabulary, specifically with synonyms.
    I'm honestly not that sure that repeating magnificent will do that. I do worry about using thesauruses as sources of interest and variation. She does, at least, give some contexts.

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