“Precipice”, “Cliff”, “Crag” + “Valley” or “Canyon”

I wonder what word do you usually use in the following sense: Boy: What an astonishing scene. Come on; let’s approach the its edge and take a selfie! Girl: no; let’s not approach it. It is a dangerous……….. a. precipice b. cliff c. crag d. canyon e. valley All the information I know: A “precipice” … Read more

“Drench” vs “Soak”

I wonder which one of the two verbs below fits better in each sense and which one doesn’t work in which sentence and why: Soak: to make something completely wet. Drench: To drench something or someone means to make them completely wet. 1. A car drove through a puddle and I got……….. a. drenched b. … Read more

“Impudent”, “Insolent” or “Impertient”

Please have a look on the following example and let me know which choice sounds correct: — Yet it was still an encouraging victory for Mourinho’s team and a difficult afternoon for Tottenham Hot spur was probably summed up by the moment Dele Alli, the ………. young player, scored three goals hand over first. [Source] … Read more

“Dread”, “Terror” and “Horror”

I wonder if you agree that “dread” and “terror” mean quite similar that we can almost always use them interchangeably! Actually, based on dictionary definitions, they both mean, **a stronger version” of fear that we have when we are extremely frightened. I have found a link including the claim below: Dread is defined as terror … Read more

What does “having budgets” in this context mean?

To overcome this problem, I believe primary education should teach children about the importance of being within \ having budget(s). A native English speaker suggests to write “having budgets” instead of “being within budget”. Why “being within” is wrong and “having budgets” is correct, and please explain what “having budgets” means. Answer “Having budget” – … Read more

“Be + to infinitive” VS “Be + root verb”

Your task [ is to / is ] remove all the dirt. All I want to do [ is to / is ] thank you. Between “is to” and just “is“, what is more common, and what’s the difference in their meaning or usage. Answer In the first sentence, the subordinator “to” is obligatory. The … Read more

“Interdependant” vs “Correlative”

I wonder what do you call two things that are related to one another in such a close way that each one “needs” the others in order to exist and none of them can last without the other one? I know just two adjectives and their associated verbs. Whilst dictionaries couldn’t help me much, I … Read more

“Continuously” or “Continually”

Let’s assume that nurses have transferred a patient after surgery to the recovery room a couple of hours ago. The patient has come to already and during this period of time has kept moaning. His/her surgeon comes to check the patient up and asks the head nurse about his/her situation. The nurse wants to describe … Read more