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#IOTW: Idioms With ‘Party’

Hello, fellas! What are you doing in the last days of 2018?
New Year will be coming soon! It’s a good time to look at idioms on party and celebration. Here we go!
1. After-party: a relaxed time in which people sit and talk after they have been at a party. 

E.g.: “When the New Year celebration finished, they had an after-party in the rooftop.”
2. Party animal: someone who loves going to parties. 

E.g.: “Jon is a real party animal. He’s rarely at home.”
3. Party pooper: a person who refuses to join in the fun of a party. 

E.g.: “It’s better not to invite my cousin. She’s a party pooper who always leaves first.”
4. Party hearty: to celebrate. 

E.g.: “Our basketball team won the competition, so we decided to party hearty!”
5. Crash the party: to attend a party without being invited. 

E.g.: “He crashed the party and ended up causing trouble.”
6. Piss on (one’s) party: to ruin or underestimate someone’s efforts, plans, or ideas. 

E.g.: “Sorry to piss on your party, but there’s no way we’ll finish the report in one night.”
7. Party foul: a term of behavior that is inappropriate or unacceptable at a party. 

E.g.: “You spilled wine on the carpet! That’s a party foul.”
8. Party piece: some ways (trick, song, poem) that someone often do to entertain people at parties. 

E.g.: “Her party piece has always been impersonating celebrity’s voices.” 
9. The life and soul of the party: someone who’s at the center of all parties. 

E.g.: “The party isn’t complete without Dan. He’s truly the life and soul of the party!”
10. Be a party to something: take part in a (secret) plan or agreement. 

E.g.: “I don’t know that they held the surprise celebration. Were you a party to this, Nat?” 
That wraps up our session, fellas! Have a great time in New Year! Good bye!
Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 30, 2017.


#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Get’

Hey, fellas! How do you do?

It’s time for us to get along  more and discuss phrasal verbs together!
The previous tweet contains a phrasal verb. Phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both. The meaning of phrasal verb is different from the original verb.
Below is the list of the phrasal verb with ‘get’ to enrich your vocabulary.

  1. Get along (with something/someone): be friendly.

E.g.: “My classmates and I get along very well. We eat together in lunch time.”

  1. Get out: to leave; used for telling someone to leave. 

E.g.: “I’m studying here! Please get out of my room!” 

  1. Get over (something): to deal with or gain control of something.

E.g.: “She can’t get over her happy feeling.”

  1. Get through to (something): to go forward to the next step of a process.

E.g.: “He got through to the final round of audition.”

  1. Get by: to survive by using the money, knowledge, etc. that you have.

E.g.: “How are you getting by these days?”

  1. Get away: to leave from a person or place.

E.g.: “We’ve decided to visit countryside to get away from this city.”

  1. Get up: to get out of bed after sleeping. 

E.g.: “My sister gets up at 4:30 every morning.”

  1. Get rid of (something): to remove or throw away something. 

E.g.: “Mr. Jo got rid of their old sofa and bought a new one.”

  1. Get off: to escape a punishment; to stop an action from someone or something.

E.g.: “The suspect will get off with a caution.”

“Would you please get your feet off the table?”
10. Get in: to arrive at home or at work.

E.g.: “She never gets in before 6:50 in the morning.”

That’s all for today, fellas! It’s time for #EngVocab session to get away and let another session take over tomorrow.
Written and compiled by @anhtiss on @EnglishTips4U. Saturday, December 16, 2017

#EngTrivia: Choice of words

Hi, Fellas.  How are you today? We meet again in #EngTrivia session.

This evening I will share some words which can be the alternative of daily casual words. You can use these selections in your IELTS test essay performance.

  1. ‘Accelerate.’ Meaning: ‘speed up.’
    • Example:
      • “My friend had join a special class in his high school, so he can accelerate his grade.”
  2. ‘Additionally.’ Meaning: ‘there is more.’
    • Example:
      • “Additionally, we have to prepare the gift for this holiday session.”
  3. ‘Allow.’ Meaning: ‘let.’
    • Example:
      • “My parents allowed me to drive to school.”
  4. ‘Anecdote.’ Meaning: ‘joke.’
    • Example:
      • “There are plenty of silly anecdote in social media nowadays.”
  5. ‘Anticipate.’ Meaning: ‘expect.’
    • Example:
      • “The movie was as good as I have anticipated.”
  6.  ‘Beneficial.’ Meaning: ‘good for (something).’
    • Example:
      • “Do you think this purchasing system would be beneficial for our company?”
  7. ‘Utilize.’ Meaning: ‘use.’
    • Example:
      • “This manual has a detail description of utilizing the incubator.”
  8.  ‘Sufficient.’ Meaning: ‘enough.’
    • Example:
      • “Our country still have a sufficient rice stock and it will last approximately until next year.”
  9. ‘Pleased.’ Meaning: ‘happy.’
    • Example:
      • “Pleased to meet you.”
  10. ‘Perhaps.’ Meaning: ‘maybe.’
    • Example:
      • “I am not sure I would able to attend the meeting on time. Perhaps, my assistant could cover me for several minutes.”

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, December 7, 2017

#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs related to shopping

Hi, Fellas! We finally meet again in #EngVocab session. Today I am going to share some phrasal verbs related to shopping.

Is anyone here fond of shopping? Could you give me some example of phrasal verbs that I possibly share to you this evening?

  1. ‘Sell out.’: Meaning: selling all of the supply you have.
    • Example:
      • “This face moisturizer is women’s favorite. So, it is usually sold out in a meantime.”
  2. Try on.’ Meaning: to put on a piece of clothing in order to see if it fits.
    • Example:
      • “Try this dress on. We can make some correction if it’s too big on you.”
  3. Pay for.’ Meaning: giving the money to buy something.
    • Example:
      • “Don’t worry, I will pay for the cakes.”
  4. ‘Queue up’ or ‘line up.’ Meaning: waiting in a line behind a person.
    • Example:
      • “You can sit on the sofa in the customer service area while lining up at the cashier.”
  5. Shop around.’ Meaning: to compare the prices before buying something.
    • Example:
      • “If you want to get the best outfit with the best price in Beringharjo, you have to shop around the market.
  6. ‘Take off.’ Meaning: to remove a clothing.
    • Example:
      • “Take off your jeans before you try the skirt.”
  7. ‘Turn down.’ Meaning: refusing something.
    • Example:
      • “The vendor gave me too high price for the shoes. So, I turned it down.”

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, November 23, 2017

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Little’

Hello, fellas! What are you doing? Do you know that there are some other words to express ‘little?’

  1. Tiny (adj): extremely small
  • E.g.: “The glass shattered into a thousand tiny pieces.”


  1. Teeny (adj): informal expression of tiny.
  • E.g.: “Just a teeny slice of cake for me, please.”


  1. Diminutive (adj): notably small
  • E.g.: “Ant-man is such a diminutive figure, less than two feet tall.”


  1. Microscopic (adj): very small and only able to be seen with a microscope.
  • E.g.: “He photographed every aspect of the object in microscopic detail.”


  1. Petite (adj): small in size
  • E.g.: “She was small and petite with long blonde hair.”


  1. Slight (adj): small in amount
  • E.g.: “There’s a slight chance of rain.”


  1. Wee (adj): small, little (informal word use by mainly Scottish people)
  • E.g.: “The wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand”


  1. Minuscule (adj): rather less, rather small.
  • E.g.: “The new chemical substance is harmless in such minuscule amounts.”


That’s all for today, fellas! See you on another session!


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

#EngTrivia: Confusing words

Hello, Fellas. How was your day?

In this session we are going to talk about some words which are resembles one another), for instance “appreciative” and “appreciable.” Do you know the meaning of those two words? How are they different?

“Appreciative” vs. “appreciable”

Regarding to Merriam-webster dictionary, “appreciative” means showing appreciation. There are some synonyms of this word, such as “admiring,” “applauding,” and “favorable.”


  • “I always love to show my creation to her because she is very appreciative.”

Meanwhile, “appreciable” means large enough to be noticed/measured. In other words, you can say “eye catching,” “prominent,” or “detectable.”


  • “There is an appreciable culture difference between Indonesia and America.”

“Shortly” vs. “briefly.”

If you asked me earlier about those two words, I might have said that they are synonymous. After I read some references, “shortly” means in a short time. In a simple way, you can also say “soon” or “in a while.”


  • “My mom will be home shortly.”

On the other hand, “briefly” means in a short period (space) of time.


  • “I am in a hurry, so I will briefly explain about simple tense to you.”

“Considerable” vs. “considerate”

“Considerable” or you can also say “significant” acts as an adjective which means something large or in a huge number of quantity. In other words, it also means something is worth consideration.


  • “The difference between tennis and football participant is considerable,”
  • “His project idea is considerable.”


Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, September 28, 2017

#EngTrivia: Confusing Singular/Plural Word

English plurals are usually easy to form. We can add -s to the end of the singular word, e.g.: chair (singular) or two chairs (plural). But, like almost all of the rules in English grammar, there are exceptions for the plural form of some nouns. Here is a list of the confusing singular/plural words.


Criterion & Criteria

‘Criterion’ is singular form and ‘criteria’ is plural form.

Meaning: a rule or principal used in evaluation.


“One criterion for grading this essay will be announced.”

“What were the criteria used to choose the winner?”


Phenomenon & Phenomena

‘Phenomenon’ is singular form and ‘phenomena’ is plural form.

Meaning: an observable fact or event.


“Star Wars eventually became a cultural phenomenon.”

“Lightning and earthquakes are natural phenomena.”


Datum & Data

‘Datum’ is singular form and ‘data’ is plural form.

Meaning: a single piece of information


“The datum shows little without the rest of the statistics.”

“The data were collected over a period of three months.”


Stratum & strata

‘Stratum’ is singular form and ‘strata’ is plural form.

Meaning: a level or class to which people are assigned according to their social status, education, or income.


“Discrimination exist in every stratum of society.”

“Different social strata are most likely crashing into each other.”


Bacterium & bacteria

‘Bacterium’ is singular form and ‘bacteria’ is plural form.

Meaning: a type of unicellular microorganism that are important to human because of their chemical activities but some of its type often cause disease.


“Every bacterium is prokaryotic.”

“Tetanus is a serious ilness caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria.”

plural singular


  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary



Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.


#EngVocab: Academic Word List

Hello, fellas! How are you?


The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of words that are commonly found in academic text. These words also occur in newspapers but not as often as they do in textbooks. Academic vocabulary is important for students who are studying at an English-speaking university, particularly for reading and writing.


Here are some words of academic vocabulary.

  • Adequate (adj): sufficient for a specific need or requirement. (Indonesia: cukup, memadai)
    • E.g.: “The machine does an adequate job.”


  • Behalf (n): as a representative of someone/something. (Indonesia: atas nama)
    • E.g.: “On behalf of the school, Mr. Jo congratulates the graduated student.”


  • Consent (v): to give assent or approval. (Indonesia: menyetujui)
    • E.g.: “The man charged with vandalism consented to detainment.”


  • Denote (v): to serve as an indication of. (Indonesia: merupakan, menunjukkan)
    • E.g.: “The term ‘earth’ was used to denote the non-metallic substance which were insoluble in water.”


  • Emphasis (n): force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something.
    • E.g.: “The school had an emphasis on collaborative learning.”


  • Framework (n): a basic conceptional structure.
    • E.g.: “The book provides a general framework for understanding the evolution.”


  • Generate (v): to bring into existence. (Indonesia: menghasilkan, membangkitkan)
    • E.g.: “Windmills are used to generate a lot of revenue.”


  • Hypothesis (n): an assumption made for the sake of argument.
    • E.g.: “The result of the experiment did not support his hypothesis.”


  • Integrate (v): to form into a functioning or unified whole; unite with something else.
    • E.g.: “She integrates elements of jazz and rock in her music.”


  • Justify (v): to prove or show to be reasonable. (Indonesia: membenarkan)
    • E.g.: “He tried to justify his behavior by saying that he was being pressured.”


That wraps up our session, fellas! Thank you. Good night!

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 29, 2017.


#IOTW: Idioms in K-pop Song Titles

Hello, fellas! How familiar are you with K-pop songs?

I’ve noticed a trend where a lot of K-pop songs are using English titles or sometimes a Korean title with a different English title in parenthesis (e.g.: ‘서원을 말해봐 (Genie)’ by SNSD). The sentence 서원을 말해봐 (read: seo-won-eul mal-hae-bwa) which means ‘tell me your wish’ has a different title in English called ‘Genie.’

This might happens because K-pop are trying to expand into the international market, thus, having song title in English is more effective to garner the attention of overseas people. Another reason is because most of overseas listeners of K-pop can’t type the Korean alphabet, so with the English title, people can easily find the song and the music video.

Not only an English title, but some of popular K-pop song are using idiomatic expression in English too. Here are some idiom in K-pop song titles.


  1. One of a kind. (Song by GD, 2012)
  • Meaning: the only item of a particular type.
    • E.g.: “Kwon Jiyoung is a leader of popular boy-group who has produced more than 160 songs. He’s absolutely one of a kind.”


  1. Blood, sweat & tears. (Song by BTS, 2016)
  • Meaning: a lot of effort and suffering.
    • E.g.: “Namjoon produces the songs with blood, sweat, and tears to make it well known internationally.”


  1. Born with a silver spoon. (Inspired from Silver Spoon by BTS, 2015)
  • Meaning: to be in a high social class or be rich from birth.
    • E.g.: “Taehyung wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He earned his success through hard work.”


  1. Spine breaker. (Song by BTS, 2014)
  • Meaning: someone who demands the parents to always buy fancy things so he/she could keep up with expensive trends.
    • E.g.: “Jin is such a spine breaker. He wears a limited edition shoes after begging her mom to buying them for him.”


  1. Home run. (Song by GOT7, 2016)
  • Meaning: a highly successful achievement.
    • E.g.: “After starring a drama called Dream High 2, Jaebum & Jinyoung scored a home run. They debuted as a duo and later in a popular boy-group.”


  1. Mental breakdown. (Inspired from MTBD by CL, 2014)
  • Meaning: the state of being overwhelmed by a situation that one’s can’t handle.
    • E.g.: “Chaelin almost had a mental breakdown because she thought that she had lost the shoes given by Rihanna.”


  1. Lionhearted. (Inspired from Lion Heart by SNSD, 2015)
  • Meaning: exceptionally corageous or brave.
    • E.g.: “Hyoyeon is lionhearted. She usually dances with a cute concept in a group, but she dares to perform a ballroom dance all alone.”


  1. Play with fire. (Song by BLACKPINK, 2016)
  • Meaning: to do something that could cause a great trouble later.
    • E.g.: “Jennie is playing with fire because she doesn’t wear a helmet while driving the motorcycle.”


  1. Play Russian roulette. (Inspired from Russian Roullete by Red Velvet, 2016)

Russian roulette is a dangerous game of chance in which the player holds a gun containing one bullet to your head and shoot, the player wins if the bullet does not come out.

  • Meaning: to take big risks, in a way which is very dangerous.
    • E.g.: “Yeri is playing Russian roulette by pursuing her career in the entertainment industry since 12 years old.”


  1. Lovey-dovey. (Song by T-ara, 2011)
  • Meaning: to express affection in an extravagantly sentimental way.
    • E.g.: “There’s a lovey-dovey couple at Kirin-art School. They are Jiyeon and Jaebum whom are always holding hands together.”


– Cambridge Idioms Dictionary.
– McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 1, 2017.


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#IOTW: Idioms related to Science & Technology

Hey, fellas! How’s life? We’re going to share idioms related to science and technology.
1. On the same wavelength. Meaning: to have the same ideas or opinions as another person.

  • E.g.: “We’re on the same wavelength. We see football in the same way.”

2. Light years ahead. Meaning: much more advanced than someone or something in terms of development or success.

  • E.g.: “The new operation system puts this hand phone light-years ahead of its competitors.”

3. Hit the airwaves. Meaning: to be broadcasted on radio or TV for the first time.

  • E.g.: “If you want to become famous, you have to hit the airwaves to promote your band.”


4. Hold the wire. Meaning: used when we want someone not to hang up during the phone call.

  • E.g.: “Hold the wire, please. I’ll pull you through.” 

5. Get your wires crossed. Meaning: If people get their wires crossed, they have a different understanding.

  • E.g.: “We got our wires crossed about what time we were supposed to meet.”


6. Fire on all cylinders. Meaning: working at full strength; making every possible effort.

  • E.g.: “The factory is firing on all cylinders to finish the orders on time.”


7. Cog in the machine. Meaning: a person who does an unimportant job in a large company or organization.

  • E.g.: “I decided to set up my own online business because I was tired of being a cog in the machine.”

8. Well-oiled machine. Meaning: something that works very well; company that operates without problems.

  • E.g.: “Willy-wonka factory runs like a well-oiled machine.”

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. I hope it could be useful for you.
Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 19, 2017.

#EngTrivia: ‘hence’ & ‘thus’

Hey, fellas! It’s good to see you again. How are you today?

Today’s session discusses the use of ‘hence’ and ‘thus.’ Both ‘hence’ and ‘thus’ are conjunctive adverbs. In bahasa Indonesia, ‘hence’ means ‘oleh sebab itu,’ while ‘thus’ means ‘dengan demikian.


‘Hence’ and ‘thus’ have the same basic meaning. However, there is a slight difference among them. Let’s take a look at each definition and how it used in the sentence.


Hence (adv) means:

  • as a consequence, for this reason.
  • in the future (used after period of time).
  • from here.


‘Hence’ usually refers to the future.

  • E.g.: “The situation is getting complicated. Hence, we will have to proceed with caution.”


Thus (adv) means:

  • in this or that manner.
  • to this degree or extent.
  • because of this or that.
  • as an example.


‘Thus’ refers to the past and is often used to indicate a conclusion.


‘Thus’ is often used after a period (.).

  • E.g.: “She didn’t listen to the news. Thus, she was unaware of the storm.” #EngTrivia


‘Thus’ is often used after a semicolon (;).

  • E.g.: “He was starving; thus, he was desperate enough to scavenge for crumbs.” #EngTrivia



Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, June 3, 2017.




#EngVocab: Suffix -phil

In today’s session, we’re going to cover #EngVocab: suffix –phil. Suffix –phil is derived from Greek –philos that means love. Suffix ‘phil’ is used in two ways: ‘phile’ and ‘philia’. When suffix ‘phile’ is added at the end of  a word, the word means a ‘person who loves.’ When suffix ‘philia’ is added at the end of a word, the word means ‘love for … .’

Let’s take a look at some words ending with suffix ‘phile.’
1. Anglophile: A person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain.
2. Bibliophile: A person who collects or has a great love of books.
3. Astrophile: A lover of the stars; a person who is interested in astronomy as an amateur or non-expert.
4. Cinephile: A person who is fond of the cinema; a film enthusiast.
5. Xenophile: An individual who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.
6. Russophile: A person who is friendly toward Russia or fond of Russia and Russian things, especially someone who is sympathetic to the political system and customs of the former Soviet Union.
7. Francophile: A person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French.
8. Videophile: An enthusiast for or devotee of video recordings or video technology.
9. Technophile: A person who is enthusiastic about new technology.
10. Pluviophile: A lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.
11. Logophile: A lover of words.
12. Discophile: An enthusiast for or collector of gramophone records.

Which one describes you?


Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 5, 2017


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#EngQuiz: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Stand’

Hey, fellas! We meet again. How was your day?


On the last week session, we discussed phrasal verbs with ‘stand.’  Let’s follow it up with some exercises! #EngQuiz


Complete the following sentence the aforementioned phrasal verb and fill in the blanks with the appropriate adverbs or particles, such as: by, around, aside, back, down, for, in, out, up, up for, up to.


Here we go!


  1. Stand ___ straight and take your hands out of your pockets!
  2. What does the FBI stand ___?
  3. The crowd quickly stood ___ to let the parade passed.
  4. You’ve got to stand ___ what you believe in.
  5. We have to stand ___ from the fire as it is getting too hot.
  6. Sam’s yellow car stood ___ from all the rest.
  7. Hannah alone was brave enough to stand ___ to Clay.
  8. The stuntman stood ___ for Chris Pratt’s dangerous scenes in the movies.
  9. He decided to stand ___ after 11 years working as a managing director.
  10. Cabin crew, please stand ___ for take-off.




  1. up
  2. for
  3. aside
  4. up for
  5. back
  6. out
  7. up to
  8. in
  9. down
  10. by


How many questions did you answer correctly, fellas?

That’s a wrap, fellas! Thank you for your participation. I hope you had fun on this #EngQuiz session.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.


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#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Stand’

Hey, fellas! How do you do? It’s time to stand by for #EngVocab session.

The previous sentence contains a phrasal verb. Phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both. The meaning of phrasal verb is different from the original verb. The phrasal verb ‘stand’ is used in many ways. Below is the list of the phrasal verb with ‘stand’ to enrich your vocabulary.


1) Stand by: be ready and waiting for something.

  • E.g.: The police were standing by in case of emergencies.


1) Stand by: to support to someone or something.

  • E.g.: I’ll stand by you and I won’t let somebody hurt you.


2) Stand about/around: to spend time by waiting or doing nothing.

  • E.g.: Dad stood around waiting for the showroom to open.


3) Stand aside: a move to one side to let someone/something pass; to leave a job/position & let someone take over.

  • E.g.: It’s time for Obama to stand aside and let the new president rule the nation.


4) Stand back: keep a distance from something.

  • E.g.: Our car had to stand back a little from the ambulance.


4) Stand back: to understand something by thinking another situation.

  • E.g.: We need to stand back and look at the problem differently.


5) Stand down: to give up the job/position.

  • E.g.: After two years of being criticized for his tedious work-pace, he decided to stand down as governor of the city.


6) Stand for: to represent the words by certain initials.

  • E.g.: USA stands for United State of America.


6) Stand for: to accept or to tolerate behaviour.

  • E.g.: I’m not going to stand for any rude behaviour in my class.


7) Stand in: a replacement of someone or something.

  • E.g.: Phil Harvey stood in for Chris Martin in the concert rehearsal.


8) Stand up: to get up.

  • E.g: Everybody stood up when the bride and the groom walked down the aisle.


9) Stand up for: to defend or to support.

  • E.g.: Mom is the first person who will always stand up for her child.


10) Stand up to: to defend oneself against someone/something powerful.

  • E.g.: She’s not afraid to stand up to the senior.


11) Stand out: to be extraordinary or different.

  • E.g.: Lady Gaga’s outfit always makes her stand out.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

#EngVocab: Substitutes of ‘very’ (2)

How often do you use the word ‘very’? How many times have you used it today alone?

To intensify or emphasis on an adjective, we often use the word ‘very‘ in front of the adjective. For example:

  • very good,
  • very bad,
  • very funny,
  • very slow,
  • etc.

However, do you know that there are some words to substitutes ‘very’? We’ll share a few this evening. Check them out!

  1. Very afraid – terrified.
    • Example:
      • I have no idea why anyone would be terrified of snakes. They’re so cuddly.
      • I have no idea why anyone would be very afraid of snakes. They’re so cuddly.
  2. Very boring – dull.
    • Example:
      • My life’s dull without you.
      • My life’s very boring without you.
  3. Very clear – obvious.
    • Example:
      • She made it obvious that she won’t be staying.
      • She made it very clear that she won’t be staying.
  4. Very dear – cherished.
    • Example:
      • A cherished friend of mine is getting married this Sunday.
      • A very dear friend of mine is getting married this Sunday.
  5. Very eager – keen.
    • Example:
      • The kids were keen to go swimming.
      • The kids were very eager to go swimming.
  6. Very frightening – terrifying.
    • Example:
      • There was a terrifying accident at the airport toll just last week.
      • There was a very frightening accident at the airport toll just last week.
  7. Very hungry – starving.
    • Example:
      • I never have time for dinner and always come home starving.
      • I never have time for dinner and always come home (feeling) very hungry.
  8. Very mean – cruel.
    • Example:
      • Even a lioness would never be cruel to her cubs.
      • Even a lioness would never be very mean to her cubs.
  9. Very old – ancient.
    • Example:
      • The book looked ancient, so he handled it carefully.
      • The book looked very old, so he handled it carefully.
  10. Very short – brief.
    • Example:
      • It’s getting late. Let’s keep the meeting brief.
      • It’s getting late. Let’s keep the meeting very short.

There go all 10 substitutes of ‘very’ for now, fellas! I hope the examples are clear enough. Otherwise, mention us to ask.

There are many more to come and I promise to share more in future sessions and articles. Meanwhile, also check out the first installment: #EngVocab: Substitutes of ‘very’


Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, April 22, 2017


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#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs with ‘get’

Phrasal verb is a combination of verb and preposition or adverb or both. The combination usually gives a different meaning from the original verb. Do you know any phrasal verb with the word  ‘get’?

  1. Get up. Meaning: to get out of bed.
    • Example:
      • “I get up at 06.00 am in the morning.”
  2. Get through. Meaning: to succeed in finishing a task, or to manage to talk to someone on the phone.
    • Example:
      • “All these trials will get you through life.”
  3. Get over. Meaning: to overcome a problem, to recover from an illness.
    • Example:
      • “Don’t be sad, you will get over it.”
  4. Get out/get off. Meaning:  to leave.
    • Example:
      • “It’s dangerous, get out of there!”
  5. Get across. Meaning: to cause to be understood.
    • Example:
      • “The idea will get across on mind after the presentation.”
  6. Get along. Meaning: to have a friendly relationship.
    • Example:
      • “My cousin gets along well with his classmates.”
  7. Get away. Meaning: to leave or escape from a person or place.
    • Example:
      • “I need to get away from everything and everyone.”
  8. Get on with. Meaning: to start doing or continue doing activity.
    • Example:
      • “Let’s get on with the party!”
  9. Get in. Meaning: to go inside, to arrive.
    • Example:
      • “Hurry up, get in the car!”
  10. Get down (to). Meaning: to get serious.
    • Example:
      • “If you get down to something, you have to give full concentration.”
  11. Get by. Meaning: to manage to survive.
    • Example:
      • “I finally got by the problem after struggling for a while.”
  12. Get back. Meaning: to return from a place.
    • Example:
      • “I got back from Paris yesterday.”


Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, April 16, 2017


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#EngVocab: Phrasal verb with ‘keep’

Hi, Fellas. Do you know what phrasal verb is?

It is actually a verb, that is combined with an adverb or a preposition, such as ‘out,’ ‘in,’ ‘down,’ ‘up,’ etc. You are certainly familiar with the words ‘go on,’ ‘take off,’ ‘put down’ and many others. Those are some examples of phrasal verb.

Today, I want to share some phrasal verbs with the word ‘keep.’

  1. Keep up.’ Meaning: to prevent someone to go to bed or continue to do something.
    • Example:
      • “The workers have to keep the food production up.”
  2. Keep out.’ Meaning: not to let someone enter (a building/a room).
    • Example:
      • “The police keep the people out of their burn apartment.”
  3. Keep off.’ Meaning: not to talk about something or prevent someone/something from being on something.
    • Example:
      • “She kept her brother off the bed.”
  4. ‘Keep from.’ Meaning: to prevent/stop someone from doing something or not to tell someone about something.
    • Example:
      • “You should keep this business problem from your father.”
  5. ‘Keep to.’ Meaning: to stay within limits or stay on the path.
    • Example:
      • “People with hypertension must keep their salt and sugar consumption to minimum (low).”
  6. ‘Keep down.’ Meaning: to prevent something from growing/increasing or to control something.
    • Example:
      • “The government is trying to keep the inflation down.”
  7. Keep back.’ Meaning: not to go near something or to stop someone from doing something.
    • Example:
      • “You need to keep your back from that abandoned house.”
  8. Keep around.’ Meaning: to keep something near someone. It has the opposite meaning from the previous phrase.
    • Example:
      • “I always keep my diary around me.”
  9. ‘Keep on.’ Meaning: to continue (doing) something.
    • Example:
      • “My mother keep on telling me to clean my room.”
  10. ‘Keep at.’ It has a similar meaning with ‘keep on’ but this phrase is used when we are doing/dealing with something difficult.
    • Example:
      • “He keeps at finishing his final project.”



Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

#EngVocab: Suffix -Let

Suffix -let is one of many suffixes in English. It originated from Old French -elet, from Latin -āle, a neuter of adjective suffix -ālis, or from Latin -ellus, a diminutive suffix.

Adding suffix -let to a noun will create a diminutive form to the original word. For example, if we attach -let to book, we will have booklet, which means a little or a thinner book.

With an exception to bracelet, which is also a diminutive form of brace, different meanings apply to some jewelries or articles of clothing attached to our body. In such cases, attaching -let will refer to the part of our body on which the jewelries are usually worn. For example, an anklet is an ornament worn on the ankle.

There are three basic rules of using suffix -let. First, when used with an object, it generally indicates diminution in size. E.g.: Booklet, pamphlet, droplet, bracelet, etc.

When used with animals, it generally means young animals. E.g.: Piglet, froglet, deerlet, etc.

When used to refer to a human adult, it is generally depreciative. It denotes pettiness and conveys contempt. For example, princelet is used to refer to a prince who is lesser in rank or displays pettiness (narrow-mindedness).

There are over 200 words with suffix -let. Check your dictionaries often to familiarise yourself with them.


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 10 April 2017.


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