Category: Grammar

Dec
20
2013

prefer

pr@ fuhr

transitive verb
definition:  to consider more desirable than something else.
example:  She prefers dark chocolate to milk chocolate.
example:  He prefers walking to taking the bus.
example:  I prefer to live in a small town rather than in a large city.
example:  They prefer us to come on the weekend rather than during the week.
example:  I prefer his living at home to his living in an apartment he cannot afford.
example:  We prefer that our son be seen by another doctor.
example:  I prefer that she sit here next to me.
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Jul
30
2013

compare

k@m per

transitive verb:
definition 1:  to note the likenesses and differences of.
example:  The professor compared the economic system in the U.S. with the economic system in China.
example:  She’s always comparing him with his brother and making him feel like he doesn’t measure up.

definition 2:  to liken (one thing) to another.
example:  He compared her eyes to two shimmering pools.
example:  She compared her daughter’s room to a pigsty.
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Jul
03
2013

effect

ih fekt

noun
definition 1:  something produced or brought on by something else.
example:  The effects of not sleeping are fatigue and inattention.
example:  The wine was beginning to have an effect on her.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bring into being or operation; cause to happen.
example:  As a politician, he worked to effect change.
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Jun
04
2013

suggest

s@g jest

transitive verb
definition 1:  to put forth for consideration; propose.
example:  The guidance counselor suggested several options.
example:  He suggested that they go to lunch now and resume the meeting later.
example:  I suggested that he limit the letter to one typed page.
example:  She suggested getting outside help on the project, but nobody listened.
example:  Has anyone suggested scrapping the idea and starting all over again?

definition 2:  to propose as suitable for some purpose.
example:  I suggested light blue for the curtains.
example:  Can you suggest a good dentist in the area?

definition 3:  to state as a possibility or bring to mind indirectly; imply.
example:  By that remark, are you suggesting that I’m stingy?
example:  This passage in the story suggests a deeper meaning.
example:  The results of the study suggest that this gene is the trigger.

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Jun
03
2013

engage

ihn geIj

intransitive verb
definition:  to participate; involve oneself.
example:  The guests engaged in small talk before dinner.
example:  How long have you engaged in this kind of volunteer activity?
example:  Many individuals engaged in the effort to help the victims of the hurricane.

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