Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Wonderful Wednesday Words. Synonyms!
English is easy and difficult at the same time, I’m sure you’ll agree. On the one hand, we only hand ‘the’, which makes things a hell of a lot easier – ask any learner of German.
On the other hand there’s the huge volume of vocabulary that you could learn. Then there’s the formality of the word – formal/informal/slang etc. The list goes on! I think, phrasal verbs are the trickiest of all.
E.G. – all the following mean approx the same – ’we need/expect’ & ‘we trust’ you to send the goods a.s.a.p.
- We rely on you shipping the goods a.s.a.p.
- We depend on you shipping the goods a.s.a.p.
- We count on you shipping the goods a.s.a.p.
- We bank on you shipping the goods a.s.a.p.
Phrasal verbs are generally used as a more informal alternative. In a formal mail you could paraphrase with “We trust/are confident you will send the goods a.s.a.p.” as an example.
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QOTD- What do you find the most difficult about English?
huge (riesig), phrasal verb (Verb plus Partikel), paraphrase (umschreiben)