Category Archives: English

#GrammarTrivia: Stative Verbs

Hello, fellas. Our session today is about stative verbs.

(More: https://englishtips4u.com/2014/04/13/engclass-stative-or-non-continuous-verb/ and https://englishtips4u.com/2016/07/29/grammartrivia-non-continuous-verbs/)

Stative verbs are verbs which have stative meanings. They are used to describe states: existing conditions or situations. They are usually not used in progressive tenses.

Verbs having stative meanings:

  1. Mental state: know, realize, undertand, recognize, believe, feel, suppose, thinks*, imagine*, doubt*, remember*, forget, want*, need, desire, mean*
  2. Emotional state: love, like, appreciate, please, prefer, hate, dislike, fear, envy, mind, care
  3. Possession: possess, have*, own, belong
  4. Sense perceptions: taste*, smell*, hear, feel*, see*
  5. Other existing states: seem, look*, appear*, sound, resemble, look like, cost*, owe, weigh*, equal, be*, exist, matter, consist of, contain, include

Note: Verbs with an asterisk (*) have stative and progressive meanings and uses.

Examples:

1) The food tastes delicious.
In the sentence above, tastes describes a state that exists.

2) The chef is tasting the sauce in his kitchen.
This example describes the action of the chef putting something in his mouth and actively tasting its flavor.

Sources:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 8, 2019

#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Sleep’

Today we will learn about sleep phrasal verbs.
Do you know some phrasal verbs with the word ‘sleep’?

Let’s start.
1. Sleep on it.
Meaning: delay making a decision until the following day, so you can think more about it.
E.g. “I can’t decide. Let me sleep on it, I’ll let you know tomorrow.”
2. Sleep in.
Meaning: remain asleep or in bed until later than usual in the morning.
E.g. “I usually sleep in at the weekends.”
3. Sleep through.
Meaning: to remain sleeping although there is a lot of noise around you.
E.g. “Please wake me up if I sleep through the alarm.”
4. Sleep over.
Meaning: to sleep in someone else’s home for a night.
E.g. “Don’t drive this late. You can sleep over in the big room upstairs.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 9, 2019.

#EnGrammar: Rather Than

Hi fellas, Have you studied English today?

Today we will discuss how to use “rather than” in the sentence. Let’s get started!

Basically, the role of “rather than” depends on the type of sentence in which it’s being used.

Rather than in sentences, it functions as an adverb, conjunctions and prepositions.

1. As an adverb, to indicate a preference, degree, or accuracy.

Example:

I would rather not go.

” She is a doctor, or rather, a surgeon.”

2. As a conjunction, parallel grammatical constructions appear on each side of rather than.

Example:

“For exercise, I walk rather than run.”

” Rather than repair the car, I prefer to buy a new one.”

3. As a preposition, rather than is synonymous with instead of and begins subordinate clauses.

Example:

Rather than driving, he rode his bike to work.

“Rather than using dried herbs, he picked fresh ones from the garden.”

#GrammarTrivia: The Subjunctive in Noun Clauses

Hello, fellas. In this session we will learn how to use the subjunctive in noun clauses.
(More: https://englishtips4u.com/2011/10/10/engclass-subjunctive/)

Sentences using the subjunctive usually carry the meaning of importance or urgency. A subjunctive verb only uses the simple form of a verb. There is no present, past, or future form in the subjunctive. Its verb is neither singular nor plural. A subjunctive verb is used in noun clauses with that following certain verbs and expressions.

Verbs and expressions followed by the subjunctive in noun clauses:

advise
ask
demand
insist
propose
recommend
request
suggest
it is essential
it is imperative
it is important
it is critical
it is necessary
it is vital

Examples:
1) She demands that I be on time.
2) The teacher insisted that we do the homework.
3) He recommended that they (should) not go to the stadium.
(Should is also possible after recommend and suggest)
4) It is necessary that she be forgiven.
(Passive: simple form of be + past participle)
5) I suggested that they (should) make a decision immediately.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

#IOTW: Idioms about Skills

Do you know some idioms about skills?
Today we will learn about idioms related to skills.

Some idioms about skills:
1. Lose one’s touch.
Meaning: no longer be able to do or handle something as well as you could before.
E.g. “My boss just got the deal. He’s not losing his touch.”

  1. Bag of Tricks.
    Meaning: a set of skills, items of information, or other resources used to help achieve professional or personal goals.
    E.g. “The whole bag of tricks works like a charm. I got the job.”

  2. Beat Someone To The Draw.
    Meaning: to accomplish or obtain something quicker than someone else.
    E.g. “The defender beat my brother to the draw and stole the ball away.”

  3. Drop the Ball.
    Meaning: to make a mistake or fail, often because of carelessness or inattention.
    E.g. “My manager dropped the ball so we couldn’t get the agreement.”

  4. Find One’s Voice.
    Meaning: to manage to say something after being too nervous to talk, often because of fear or surprise or difficult circumstances.
    E.g. “My aunt revealed the thief’s description after she found her voice.”

  5. Green as Grass.
    Meaning: completely inexperienced or naive.
    E.g. “When my sister left school and started her first job, she was as green as grass.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

#IOTW : Idioms starting with “By”

Hello fellas, how are you today? Today, we will discuss idioms that start with “by”.

1. By heart mean: from memory

E.g: “You know their names by heart”.

2. By hand mean: not by machine

E.g: “All these fancy soap are made by hand”.

3. By chance mean: without planning

: “Suddenly, I meet Rebecca on the street by chance”.

4. By mistake Mean: not on

E.g: ” Sorry, I call you by mistake”.

5. By the book

mean: follows the rules E.g:” If you want to succeed, you have to work by the book”.

6. By and large mean: On the whole in general

: ” The weather today are sunny and rainy by and large”.

7. By leaps and bounds mean: tremendously a lot

E.g: “If somebody want to improve, must be by leaps and bounds”.

8. By word of mouth mean: through people talking each other.

E.g:” I know that it is delicious ice cream by word of mouth”.

That’s all for today fellas, see you tomorrow!!

Compiled and Written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou, Wednesday, November, 20 2019

#IOTW: Idioms about Friendship

Hello, fellas! How was your weekend?

Today we will learn more idioms about friendship.
Do you know some idioms about friendship?
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Let’s start.
1. Like two peas in a pod.
Meaning: very similar.
E.g. “My brother and his best friend were like two peas in a pod.”
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  1. To bury the hatchet.
    Meaning: to end a conflict and become friendly.
    E.g. “My father and my mother agreed to bury the hatchet after years of arguing.”
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  2. To hit it off.
    Meaning: find yourself immidately and naturally friendly with someone.
    E.g. “My cousin met his friend at school and hit it off right away.”
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  3. Joined at the hip.
    Meaning: refers to friends who are always seen together.
    E.g. “My sister and her best friend are not joined at the hip. They have their own personal lives and spaces.”
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  4. To see eye to eye with someone.
    Meaning: agree with someone.
    E.g. “I don’t always see eye to eye with my mother.”
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  5. To build bridges.
    Meaning: to promote friendly relations between people or groups.
    E.g. “The cafe owner should build bridges with next door butcher.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

#GrammarTrivia: Using ‘Which’ to Modify a Whole Sentence

Hello, fellas. Today we will learn how to use which to modify a whole sentence. Which is usually used in a clause modifying a noun or a relative clause (an adjective clause)

(More on relative clauses: https://englishtips4u.com/2011/11/08/engclass-relative-clause/ and https://englishtips4u.com/2011/11/09/engclass-relative-clause-2/)

A sentence is modified by which in informal and spoken English. It is not generally deemed appropriate in formal writing. If it is written, a comma comes before it to reflect a pause in speech.

Examples:

1) Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League. That did not surprise me.
Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League, which did not surprise me.

2) We are facing a long dry season. This is too horrible.
We are facing a long dry season, which is too horrible.

The pronouns that and this refer to the ideas of the previous sentences “Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League” and “We are facing a long dry season”. Then, they are replaced by which.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written  by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#EngVocab: Synonyms of ‘Problem’ (2)

Today we will learn about other ways to say ‘problem.’
Do you know the synonyms of ‘problem’?

Let’s start.
Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
1. Quandary
Meaning: a state of uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
Example:
“My friend was in a quandary about which job to accept.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
2. Plight.
Meaning: an unfavourable or unfortunate condition.
Example:
“I had great sympathy for his plight.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
3. Vexation.
Meaning: something that causes annoyance, frustration, or worry.
Example:
“My brother was facing a vexation at work.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
4. Muddle.
Meaning: a disordered or confusing state.
Example:
“My company got into an awful muddle with the tax forms.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
5. Hitch.
Meaning: a temporary interruption or problem.
Example:
“The ceremony went off without a hitch.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
6. Snag
Meaning: an unexpected or hidden obstacle.
Example:
“I take every snag in my way as a stepping stone.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

#GrammarTrivia: Parallelism Structure

Hello fellas, how are you doing? Today we will discuss #GrammarTrivia Do you know what is “Parallelism” in English?

Parallelism or Parallel structure is important, especially in Academic circles or in the Business Corp. So whether you speaking or whether your writing this principle of Parallelism will help you to communicate more effectively.

Parallelism is speaking or writing technique in which you can communicate more powerfully by balancing different part of your sentence.

Let’s check some examples of Parallelism sentences:

1. Verb + Verb

E.g :Janet sings and dances.”

We see verb (sings) and verb (dances), so that sentence is Parallelism.

2. Gerund + Gerund

E.g: “We enjoy reading and cooking.”

We see gerund (reading) and (cooking), so that sentence is Parallelism.

3. Infinitive noun + Infinitive noun

E.g: “I like to watch movies and to travel abroad.”

We see that infinitive and noon (to watch movie) and infinitives and noun (to travel abroad).

4. Adverb + Adverb

E.g: “The Police acted quickly and carefully.”

We see that (quickly) and adverb (carefully), so that sentence is Parallelism.

5. Noun + Noun ( for long sentences)

E.g: “The Job demands professional qualifications, the ability to manage others and experience working around the globe.”

The parallelism structure of that sentence is become:

“The Job demands professional qualifications, managerial ability and global experience.”

Sometimes, it is very normal to write sentences there are not Parallel in the beginning, but after you correct them to become parallel structure, your writing or speaking are becoming more powerfully.

Fellas, you can learn more completely about parallelism structure from this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8pIidfrSG4&t=353s

That’s all for today and See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

#GrammarTrivia: The Use of ‘The’ or No Article with Names

Hello, fellas. This session is still related to when we should use articles or not.

(More: https://englishtips4u.com/2019/09/18/grammartrivia-using-a-or-no-article-for-generalization/ and https://englishtips4u.com/2019/10/05/grammartrivia-the-use-of-the/)

1) The does not precede titled names.
Examples:
I saw Mr. Jones.
Doctor Charles graduated in 2004.
President Obama spent his childhood in Indonesia.

2) The does not come before the names of continents.
Examples:
There are many great football players in Europe.
Africa is often hit by starvation.

3) The names of most countries are not preceded by the.
Examples:
Germany produces several prominent scientists.
Massive floods took place in China.

4) The comes before the names of only a few countries, such as the United States, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, the Dominican Republic.
Examples:
Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
Euro 1988 was won by the Netherlands.

5) The is not used with the names of cities.
Examples:
Kuala Lumpur was the capital city of Malaysia.
There are many football clubs in London.

6) The is used with the names of rivers, oceans, and seas.
Examples:
The Nile River is in Africa.
The Indian Ocean is known for its wave.

7) The does not precede the names of lakes.
Example:
Samosir lies in the middle of Lake Toba.

8) The comes before the names of mountain ranges.
Example:
Many tourists visited the Alps.

9) The is not used with the names of individual mountains.
Example:
They climbed Mount Merapi.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Fundamentals of English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 13, 2019

#IOTW: Cat Idioms (2)

Do you know some cat idioms?

Here’s some cat idioms for you.
1. (Like) herding cats.
Meaning: difficult to coordinate.
Example: “She is like herding cats. We can’t cooperate with her.”

  1. A cat nap.
    Meaning: a short sleep during the day.
    Example: “It’s good to have a cat nap after the hard work.”

  2. Bell the cat.
    Meaning: take on a difficult or impossible task.
    Example: “My brother got a rise after he belled the cat.”

  3. Cat on a hot tin roof.
    Meaning: be extremely nervous.
    Example: “The trainee looks like a cat on a hot tin roof while waiting for the result of her internship application.”

  4. Cat’s paw.
    Meaning: a person being used by someone else.
    Example: “My friend treats his brother as a cat’s paw to get out of the problem.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

#GrammarTrivia: The Use of ‘The’

Hello, fellas. This session is still related to the previous session about the use of an article.

(More: https://englishtips4u.com/2019/09/18/grammartrivia-using-a-or-no-article-for-generalization/)

Beside a/an, the other article is the. The precedes

1) singular count nouns
e.g. the cat

2) plural count nouns
e.g. the cats

3) noncount nouns
e.g. the fruit

The is used when the speaker and his/her listener are thinking about the same specific person(s) or thing(s).
e.g. Have you fed the cat?

In the example above, the speaker and the listener are thinking about the same specific cat. The listener knows which cat the speaker is talking about. There is only one cat about which the speaker could be talking.

The is also used when the speaker mentions a noun the second time.
e.g. I had a book. I gave the book to Sally.

I had a book constitutes the first mention. In the second mention, the listener knows which book the speaker is talking about: the book the speaker had.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Fundamentals of English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

#WOTD: Trouvaille

Today we will learn about ‘trouvaille’.
Do you know the meaning of the word ‘trouvaille’?

‘Trouvaille’ is a noun.
‘Trouvaille’ is pronounced as /trüˈvī/.
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‘Trouvaille’ means a valuable discovery, or a lucky find.
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Some synonims of ‘trouvaille’:
1. Collectible.
2. Valuable.
3. Showpiece.
4. Catch.
5. Godsend.
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Examples of ‘trouvaille’ in sentences:
“After searching for a while, we found a trouvaille in the library.”
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Examples of ‘trouvaille’ in sentences:
“The vase is a trouvaille, made from unique pattern glass.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

#GrammarTrivia: Using “A” or No Article for Generalization

Hello, fellas. In this session we will learn how to use a or no article. A or no article is used when a speaker is making a generalization.

A comes before a singular noun when a generalization is expressed.

Examples:
1) A leaf is green.
2) A cat makes a good pet.

In the above-mentioned examples, the speaker is talking about any leaf and any cat, all leaves and all cats, leaves and cats in general.

No article is used when a speaker is making a generalization with a plural count noun.

Examples:
3) Leaves are green.
4) Cats make good pets.

The meaning of these examples is similar to that of example 1 and 2. Sometimes an expression of quantity (e.g., almost all, most, some) is used in a generalization.

Examples:
5) She saw some cats in her room.
6) Most students read books.

If a generalization is about an uncountable noun, no article is used.

Examples:
7) Milk is good for your health.
8) Fruit contains vitamins.

Some can be used in the generalization of an uncountable noun.

Examples:
9) Can you get me some food?
10) He drank some milk.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Fundamentals of English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, September 14, 2019

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Angry’

Today we will learn about other ways to say ‘angry’.
Do you know some synonyms of ‘angry’?

Let’s start.

  • Irate: being extremely angry.

E.g. “We have received some irate phone calls from customers.”

  • Vexed: annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

E.g. “It vexed me to think of others gossiping behind my back.”

  • Indignant: feeling or showing anger because of something that is wrong or not fair.

E.g. “My aunt was indignant after the false accusations.”

  • Aggrieved: unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment.

E.g. “My brother felt aggrievex at not being chosen for the team.”

  • Incensed: greatly enraged.

E.g. “The worker was incensed at the company decision to reduce yearly bonus.”

  • Waspish: readily expressing anger or irritation.

E.g. “The customer sounded waspish and impatient.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

#EngPIC: Emojis Faces meaning

Hello fellas, what is your favorite emoticon? Emoticon or Emojis are changing the way we communicate. But do you really know the Emojis face meaning? We will discuss in today session.

Formely known as smileys and often confused with emoticons, emojis faces are used on SMS and Sosial media apps like Instagram and Whatsapp.

Overall the emojis that we usually use is divided into several sections. Here there are:

https://blog.emojipedia.org/facebook-reveals-most-and-least-used-emojis/

  1. Happy Face Emojis
  • Smiley Faces

Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Smiling Face are the most commonly used emojis. They simply denote happiness or positivity.

Infrequently, they may be used following a mild insult or criticism to remove some of the sting.

  • Other Smiley Faces

Smiling Face With Open MouthSmiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling EyesGrinning Face, and Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Tightly-Closed Eyes are similar to the two simpler smiley faces.

However, they are often used to express greater levels of happiness. A message with one of these emojis will normally be extremely positive. They are rarely used with an insult or criticism.

  • Smiling Face With Open Mouth and Cold Sweat

Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat similarly shows happiness, albeit with relief. Messages using this emoji often express joy at how a potentially negative event worked out.

For example, if you sent a message explaining that you just passed a difficult test or got the all clear from the doctor then you could use this emoji.

  • Face With Tears of Joy

Face With Tears Of Joy is used to show laughter. It’s commonly replaced “LOL” when someone sends a joke.

  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face is the latest iteration of “ROFL”

Upside-Down Face

Upside-Down Face implies you’re not being serious or are talking about something that seemingly makes no sense.

Zany Face

Zany Face also shows flippancy. Use this if something is silly but funny.

Smiling Face With Sunglasses

Smiling Face With Sunglasses is used to show coolness. It’s sometimes used tongue-in-cheek or can mean “deal with it”.

Flushed Face

Flushed Face shows embarrassment for an awkward situation or mistake. It is frequently used self-deprecatingly as a response to compliments.

Face Savoring Delicious Food

Face Savoring Delicious Food can be used in anticipation for, during, or after a tasty meal.

Nerd Face

Nerd Face shows intelligence or passion for a particular subject. It’s often used ironically.

Smirking Face With Starry Eyes

Smirking Face With Starry Eyes means you’re excited or starstruck, like when you’re anticipating meeting someone or doing something.

Face With Party Blower And Party Hat

Face With Party Blower And Party Hat is used when celebrating an event. It’s best used when it’s a friend’s birthday.

2. Flirty Face Emojis

Smirking Face

Smirking Face has strong sexual connotations. It normally accompanies sexual innuendos or suggestions.

Winking Face

Winking Face shows that the message was sent with humorous intent. Any message that accompanies a Winking Face should not be taken too seriously.

Similar to Smirking FaceWinking Face often accompanies suggestive messages.

Stuck-Out Tongue Faces

Face With Stuck-Out TongueFace With Stuck-Out Tongue And Winking Eye, and Face With Stuck-Out Tongue And Tightly-Closed Eyes are used interchangeably with Winking Face to show humor.

Relieved Face

Relieved Face is, as the name suggests, meant to indicate relief. However, it is mostly used to show contentment.

It can also, in response to a suggestive emoji, demonstrate aloofness or innocence.

Smiling Face With Halo

Smiling Face With Halo shows innocence. It can be used seriously or humorously. For example, this emoji would be appropriate when messaging your friends on a Friday to explain that you are staying at home for the night.

Devil Faces

Smiling Face With Horns and Imp can be used interchangeably to show naughtiness or mischievousness.

Because one is smiling and the other frowning, they show subtly different things. Smiling Face With Horns more frequently accompanies minor mischief or suggestive messages while Imp implies more malice.

Kissing Faces

Kissing FaceFace Throwing A KissKissing Face With Smiling Eyes, and Kissing Face With Closed Eyes are all used to show romance or affection. Face Throwing A Kiss is typically more romantic due to the small red heart.

The other three can also be used to show innocent whistling.

Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes

Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes shows love, adoration, or gratitude. It can be used towards a person, place, or thing.

Hugging Face

Hugging Face means you’re sending the recipient a virtual embrace.

3. Negative Face Emojis

Blank Faces

Neutral Face and Expressionless Face show a deliberate lack of emotion. They may be used to show that someone is unimpressed, indifferent, or awkward.

Unamused Face

Unamused Face expresses dissatisfaction or suspicion. This emoji doesn’t show true anger or sadness, but rather a subtly negative emotion. For example, if you are unhappy or dubious of someone’s excuse for why they are late, you could send this emoji.

Face With Cold Sweat

Face With Cold Sweat shows stress or hard work. It typically refers to a specific situation. Messaging a loved one to explain that you must stay late at the office would warrant this emoji.

Sad Faces

Pensive Face and Disappointed Face are the two main sad face emoji. Both convey a sense of sadness, remorse, regret, disappointment, or any similarly negative emotion.

Pleading Face

Pleading Face shows you’re asking for a favor. It’s the “puppy dog eyes” look, and is rarely used in serious situations.

Disappointed But Relieved Face

Disappointed But Relieved Face is generally used to show fear or hurt.

Crying Face

Crying Face is similar to Pensive Face and Disappointed Face. It shows a stronger sense of hurt than general sadness.

Loudly Crying Face

Loudly Crying Face is a stronger version of Crying Face. It shows hurt, pain, and upset. Unlike the other sad faces, it is often used ironically.

Worried Face

Worried Face shows shock, horror, disgust, and fear.

Grimacing Face

Grimacing Face similarly shows worry, embarrassment, or awkwardness. Use it if you’re apprehensive about a message.

Face With A Raised Eyebrow

Face With A Raised Eyebrow shows skepticism or disapproval—perfect for if you don’t believe someone’s excuse.

Face With Monocle

Face With Monocle also expresses doubt, as if you’re scrutinizing a message.

Lying Face

Lying Face depicts a nose growing, just like Pinocchio. Use sparingly if you think someone isn’t telling the truth.

Face Without Mouth

Face Without Mouth shows you’re speechless. It can be used ironically, but often means you don’t know what to say during an awkward conversation or dare not speak your mind when embarrassed or angry.

Zipper-Mouth Face

Zipper-Mouth Face could mean you can’t convey the right words right now. However, it’s more frequently used to show you can keep a secret.

Face With Exploding Head

Face With Exploding Head shows shock, telling the recipient that you’re blown away. It’s normally used in awe of something.

Face With Symbols Over the Mouth

Face With Symbols Over The Mouth naturally replaces a curse word. Use this to express annoyance or anger.

Tired Faces

Weary Face and Tired Face both show tiredness; however, they are often used to represent world-weariness and stress, as if you’re at the end of your tether.

Sleepy Face

Sleepy Face seldom represents tiredness. Instead, it shows that the sender is sick or unwell.

Sleeping Face

Sleeping Face is used instead of Sleepy Face to show drowsiness. It’s difficult to send a message when actually asleep.

Confused Faces

Confused Face and Confounded Face are used interchangeably to show confusion. Confused Face is also used to show awkwardness or an apology. If someone has to cancel plans, for instance, they could include this emoji.

Face With Look of Triumph

Face With Look Of Triumph is one of the most misused emoji. It’s commonly used to show anger or frustration rather than triumph—often ironically.

Angry Faces

Angry Face and Pouting Face both show anger, with the red Pouting Face the stronger of the two. Unlike Face With Look Of Triumph, they are seldom used humorously.

Persevering Face

Persevering Face shows you’re struggling with a situation, but carrying on through your frustration.

Shocked Faces

Frowning Face With Open Mouth and Anguished Face show shock, horror, and disappointment. They are often used as a lesser version of Pensive Face or Disappointed Face.

Scared Faces

Fearful FaceFace With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat, and Face Screaming In Fear all show varying levels of fear, ranging from slightly scared with Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat to outright terror with Face Screaming In Fear. They can all be used ironically.

4. Other Face Emojis

The Monkeys

See-No-Evil MonkeyHear-No-Evil Monkey, and Speak-No-Evil Monkey are used to show shock and embarrassment, mostly in a cheeky manner. Which specific monkey is used depends on the contents of the message.

Pile Of Poo

Pile Of Poo is almost always used humorously. It can replace a swear word or criticize a person or message.

5. Hand Symbol Emojis

Thumbs Up Sign

Thumbs Up Sign shows acceptance or agreement.

Thumbs Down Sign

Thumbs Down Sign shows rejection, dislike, or disagreement.

OK Hand Sign

OK Hand Sign shows acceptance, satisfaction, or that everything is OK. It can also be used to show that something is tiny or small.

Victory Hand

Victory Hand is more often used to represent the similar peace symbol. It shows coolness, relaxation, or satisfaction.

Person Raising Both Hands In Celebration

Person Raising Both Hands In Celebration, more commonly referred to as Praise Hands, is used to show support or appreciation.

Open Hands

Open Hands conveys openness and friendliness. It can also mean you’re sending a hug, similar to Hugging Face.

Person With Folded Hands

Person With Folded Hands, while not meant to be explicitly religious, is used to say thank you, or to show prayer or pleading. You could use it when asking for a favor.

Call Me Hand

Call Me Hand, despite its name, can have numerous meanings depending on context. It’s similar to a traditional telephone handset, so can indicate you want to talk to someone over the phone. Pilots also use it to wish each other good luck. And in Hawaiian culture, it’s known as the “Shaka” sign, meaning “hang loose”—an affectionate gesture indicating solidarity.

6. Heart Emojis

Red Heart

Red Heart is the classic love heart emoticon, expressing fondness, friendship, or romance.

Colored Hearts

Purple HeartYellow HeartGreen Heart, and Blue Heart are all similar to Red Heart; however, the target of their affection is normally related to the color of the heart. For example, Blue Heart is often used with sports teams who wear blue jerseys. Similarly, the Yellow Heart is associated with the sun and summer.

Broken Heart

Broken Heart is the ultimate expression of sadness. It can also be used ironically.

Emojis are forever evolving as a tool for communication and their meanings are still fluid. So, you should think carefully before using emojis in certain circumstances.

Source: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/11-hilarious-instagram-accounts-you-need-to-follow-right-now/

Written and compiled by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou  on Wednesday, 11 September 2019

#WOTD: Cast

Hi, fellas, how are you today? I hope your Monday went well.

Today, we are going to discuss the word ‘cast’ on #WOTD. What do you have in mind every time you read or hear this word, fellas?

For me, the word ‘cast’ is always associated with an actor or actress being chosen to play a specific role in a movie.

E.g.: “When I heard that Joaquin Phoenix was cast as the Joker, I really couldn’t wait to see the movie.”

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However, aside of that meaning, there are also other meaning of the word ‘cast.’ Let’s start on how it functions as a verb.

The verb ‘to cast’ means to set or throw something aside, especially with force.
E.g.: “He cast the newspaper aside when he found a misleading article written about him.”

It can also mean to cause a light or a shadow to appear on a certain surface.
E.g.: “The morning sun cast an orange shade over the empty field.”

‘To cast’ can also mean to shape or to mould something (usually of metal) in its molten form and let it cool until it becomes solid.
E.g.: “The ring was cast in Mordor.”

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If we ‘cast a look/glance/smile, etc.’ towards something, it means that we throw a look, a glance, a smile, etc. to a specific direction.
E.g.: “As she wasn’t prepared, she couldn’t help casting nervous glances towards her classmates during the quiz.”

There are also ‘to cast a vote,’ which means to vote, and ‘to cast a spell/curse,’ which means to put a spell or a curse on someone.

In past tense and participle tense, the word ‘cast’ retains its form. So, the past form, the participle form, and the passive form of ‘cast’ are still ‘cast.’

As a noun, ‘cast’ generally refers to an object made in a mould. For example, an accident just happened to someone causing his ankle to sprain, so he needs to wear a cast.

 

Written and compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 9 September 2019.


 

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