What’s the difference between ‘In a way of her own’ or ‘in her own way’?

What’s the difference between ‘In a way of her own’ or ‘in her own way’? I’m going to make an example for clarity. Brenda is always very funny, although in a way of her own/in her own way. What I want to mean is that Brenda is funny in a peculiar way, so some people … Read more

What prepositions should I use with “want” in the following sentences?

I just cannot decide whether to use "for" or "in" in the following examples. We want two engineers (for / in) the project. We want two violin players (for / in) the show. Musicians are wanted (for / in) the New Year’s Celebration. Answer We can want a person "for" an activity, so "for" is … Read more

“They have got water coming up to their knees”. vs “Water comes up to their knees”. Which one is more idiomatic?

A native speaker is telling about the floods, how it happens, how people behave during floods, etc. and she says: They’ve got water coming up to their knees. I know this structure is commonly used when you want to say "you own something", but I find it interesting to see it used for description of … Read more

A drowning man will catch a straw. (vs. catch at a straw)

A drowning man will catch a straw. (also correct?) A drowning man will catch at a straw. (a commonly used and fixed expression: maxim) ‘catch a straw’ is also idiomatic? You know the verb ‘catch’ is both transitive and intransitive. question is: catch a straw is also acceptable? Answer Despite what other people have told … Read more

This is stated on Monday. “3000 visas granted as of Saturday”. Does it mean “……until Saturday”. or “Starting from Saturday until Monday, 3000..”.”

This is from the BBC web site: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-europe-60717902 3,000 visas granted as of Saturday. Today is Monday. And this sentence is said today. So, I got confused what they exactly meant by saying "……as of Saturday." Does it mean; 1- From the beginning of the process until Saturday, 3000 visas have been issued. (I dont … Read more

“switch out the lights” vs “switch off the lights

In CNN, it used "switch out the lights." According to what I know, it should be "switch off the lights." I checked the subtitles to confirm I understood it correctly, and I’m right. It says "switch out the lights". Is it correct to use it? Answer "Switch out the lights" is just an alternative way … Read more

Usage of ‘expected of’ in this sentence

Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them. I understand that ‘that humiliates…’ refers to the preceding ‘any activity’, but how am I supposed to understand ‘expected of…’ in between? Is there any omission between ‘activity’ and ‘expected’? Answer Yes, "…that is…" is … Read more

“both of us” or “pair of us”. Are they interchangeable?

He is smarter than the pair of us. The sentence is from a British parent who is talking about their son and means he is smarter than both of his parents. I focused on "the pair of us" in the sentence, and wondered if it could be a synonym of "both of us". I have … Read more