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    New words

    I have framed my own sentences with some words I am learning currently .Could anyone please write to me if there is any mistake.
    1. Frail: I sat on a frail table and broke my leg.
    2. Overheard: We overheard our parents planning a trip to Europe.
    3. Overlooked: I overlooked the spelling mistake.
    4. Verbalize: I am trying to help students verbalize their thoughts.
    5. Disgrace: I don’t want to disgrace my parents by securing less grades.
    6. Dispute: My friend and I disputed over petty matters.
    7. Squirm: One of the students stood up and squirmed in the middle of the class.
    8. Nuisance: John is a big nuisance.
    9. Nasty: He started uttering nasty words about me while eating.
    10. Absurd: It’s absurd to think for such a low price.
    11. Refused: The teacher refused to believe my excuse.
    12. Hand: I was asked to hand the circular to all the students.
    13. Cherish: I cherish my slam book.
    14. Abound: This book abounds in mistakes.
    15. Drastic: There are drastic changes in the climate.
    16. Ponder: I pondered for a moment before accepting the offer.
    17. Exclaim: My students exclaimed, “Wow!” when they saw the auditorium.
    18. Grumble: Parents grumble much about the teachers.
    19. Reflect: I sat reflecting on the prospect of this question in the exam.
    20. Passion: I have a passion for story books.
    21. Passionate: All the students are passionate about P.T.
    23. Grudge: None of the teachers hold grudge against their students.
    24. Infer: My teacher inferred that I did not sleep well last night from my dark circles.
    25. Exempt: None of the students are exempted from home work.
    26. Criticize: I think we should stop criticizing the teachers.
    27. Spill: My friend spilled all the juice over my shirt.
    28. Nudge: She nudged me when the teacher was boasting about herself.
    29. Tap: I tapped on your shoulder to draw your attention.
    30.Intend: I did not intend to hurt you.
    31.Slam: He slammed the door on my face.
    Last edited by samfat33; 25-Jan-2008 at 19:31.

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    #2

    Re: New words

    I’ll try a few for you. I hope other(s) might jump in on other sentences you have.

    1. Frail: I sat on a frail (‘frail’ usually refers to people. I would use ‘flimsy’ or other adjective here.) table and broke my leg.

    2. Overheard: We overheard our parents planning a trip to Europe. U

    3. Overlooked: I overlooked the spelling mistake.U

    4. Verbalize: I am trying to help students verbalize their thoughts.U

    5. Disgrace: I don’t want to disgrace my parents by securing less (I prefer the adjective ‘failing’. Or use the imperative ‘lesser’ or better still ‘lower’) grades (than …)


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    Re: New words

    Quote Originally Posted by samfat33 View Post
    I have framed my own sentences with some words I am learning currently .Could anyone please write to me if there is any mistake.
    1. Frail: I sat on a frail table and broke my leg. ok grammatically. But it is somewhat of a "non sequitur" - a sentence without logic. "I sat on a frail table and broke its leg" OR I sat on a frail table which collapsed, and I broke my leg".
    2. Overheard: We overheard our parents planning a trip to Europe. ok
    3. Overlooked: I overlooked the spelling mistake. ok if you mean that you knew it was there but chose to ignore it.
    4. Verbalize: I am trying to help students verbalize their thoughts.ok
    5. Disgrace: I don’t want to disgrace my parents by securing lower grades.ok
    6. Dispute: My friend and I disputed over petty matters.ok
    7. Squirm: One of the students stood up and squirmed in the middle of the class.ok grammatically, but makes a comic picture in the mind. What do you understand to be the meaning of "squirm"?
    8. Nuisance: John is a big nuisance.ok
    9. Nasty: He started uttering nasty words about me while eating.ok
    10. Absurd: It’s absurd to think of such a low price.ok
    11. Refused: The teacher refused to believe my excuse.ok
    12. Hand: I was asked to hand the circular to all the students.ok
    13. Cherish: I cherish my slam book. ok but what is a slam book?
    14. Abound: This book abounds in mistakes.ok but very pedantic and formal. Not what you will often hear.
    15. Drastic: There are drastic changes in the climate.ok
    16. Ponder: I pondered for a moment before accepting the offer.ok
    17. Exclaim: My students exclaimed, “Wow!” when they saw the auditorium.ok
    18. Grumble: Parents grumble a lot about the teachers.ok
    19. Reflect: I sat reflecting on the prospect of this question in the exam.ok Again, not something you will hear much in general speech.
    20. Passion: I have a passion for story books.ok
    21. Passionate: All the students are passionate about P.T.ok
    23. Grudge: None of the teachers holds a grudge/grudges against their students.ok
    24. Infer: My teacher inferred that I did not sleep well last night from the dark circles around my eyes. ok
    25. Exempt: None of the students is exempted from home work.ok
    26. Criticize: I think we should stop criticizing the teachers.ok
    27. Spill: My friend spilled all the juice over my shirt.ok
    28. Nudge: She nudged me when the teacher was boasting about herself.ok
    29. Tap: I tapped you on your shoulder to draw your attention [to something]/ to catch your attention. ok
    30.Intend: I did not intend to hurt you.ok
    31.Slam: He slammed the door on my face. ok
    ok indicates you have used the word in a suitable way.


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    Re: New words

    Thanks a lot Anglika and Buddhaheart.

    3. Overlooked: I overlooked the spelling mistake. ok if you mean that you knew it was there but chose to ignore it.
    No, I meant did not notice.
    What do you understand to be the meaning of "squirm"?
    To twist one's body.
    what is a slam book?


    Slam Books are traditionally spiral-bound notebooks passed among Junior high school students who add comments, often anonymously.several readers write their comments, which are often harsh and slam the person listed. Questions focus on the group's social structure, teachers and fads, such as, who is most popular or worst dressed, or whether they like/dislike a specific teacher, administrator or celebrity. Many internet based slam book sites exist.


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    Re: New words

    #1 Overlooked - "not notice" is one of the meanings, but I feel it is not quite right for this context.

    "You have overlooked the best player in your selection of the team!"
    "That fact is one that you have overlooked."

    #2 Squirm = to move from side to side in an awkward way because of nervousness, embarrassment or pain

    One of the students squirmed in classbecause he/she was so embarrassed

    "The child squirmed from under the bed."
    "As we dug in the garden, worms were squirming in the soil."


    #3 Thanks for the information about "slam book" - I'll tuck it into my brain.


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    Re: New words

    [QUOTE=samfat33;248816]1. Frail: I sat on a frail table and broke my leg.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    Whilst 'frail table' is grammatically acceptable it is not what we would say. A weak, unsteady, faulty, unsafe or wobbly table are just some of the adjectives we would use.
    I overlooked the spelling mistake.
    'I missed the spelling mistake' meets your intention.
    Disgrace: I don’t want to disgrace my parents by securing less grades.
    'Secure' is not good English here. Only the examiner can give you a grade; you try to get, obtain, pass a grade so:'.....my parents by getting lower grades' or '...my parents by obtaining fewer grades' or '....my parents by passing fewer grades' or '...my parents by not getting good grades' or '...my parents by failing to achieve the best grades' would fit your meaning.
    Dispute: My friend and I disputed over petty matters.[COLOR="Blue"]My friend and I argued over petty matters. Or: My friend and I disputed the result.
    23. Grudge: None of the teachers hold grudge against their students. a grudge
    24. Infer: My teacher inferred that I did not sleep well last night from my dark circles. ..from the dark circles around my eyes.
    These suggestions would improve your English, apart from the answers you sought.

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