Phrasal Verbs with UP

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Phrasal Verbs with UP:

 Match the examples with the definitions.

1.I’ll pick you up at 7 o’clock

2.They are setting up a huge monument

3.We arranged to meet at the cinema but he never turned up

4.He makes money by buying old houses and doing them up

5.I think I will give up smoking one day

6.Why don’t you take up gardening? You love flowers!

7.Don’t make up any more excuses!

8.We can put you up for the night if you don’t have anywhere to stay

a.To build or place something

b.To invent something

c.To provide food and accommodation for somebody in one’s own house

d.Collect a person in one’s car

e.To arrive

f.To learn an activity, especially for pleasure

g.To stop doing something

h.To repair and decorate a house, room, etc.

Answer Key: 1d, 2a, 3e, 4h, 5g, 6f, 7b, 8c

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Why does English need Subject and Verb?

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Every sentence in English needs a subject and a verb to make it meaningful.

The subject is the noun that performs the action expressed by the verb. For example:

Jack, lying on his bed, loves listening to Rock music.

Subject: Jack
Verb: loves

Here are the three principles regarding subject and verb:

  1. Subject and Verb must exist
  2. Subject and Verb must make sense together
  3. Subject and Verb must agree in number

1) Subject and Verb must exist

An incomplete sentence i.e. either without a subject or a verb is called Fragment.

Wrong: The laptop stored in a drawer.

Why is the above sentence wrong? Because it is a Fragment. It misses a Working Verb.

A Working Verb is a verb that can run a sentence by itself.

The laptop cannot store itself in a drawer. What we mean is:

The laptop was stored in a drawer.

Was stored make a full…

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Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.


Inspiring and thought provoking, this piece of literature from the brilliant George Orwell, surpassed all my expectations. I would highly recommend it. It challenges our prejudices and presents poverty in an entirely new light.

Here are some of my favourite quotes:

“It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.”

“He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him), and took a sort of pleasure in thinking that human affairs would never improve.”

“Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.”

Enjoy 🙂

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A Brief Study in Character Development and Reversals in Lord of the Rings

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Many of the characters in Lord of the Rings undergo change, some a reversal of fortune; Aragorn, for example, is installed as King while Saruman and Sauron lost not only power but their lives.

Sam starts out life as a care-taker for the Baggins estate – mostly this meant gardening but it could mean bringing in breakfast to running errands. He “did” for Mr. Frodo as did his father for Bilbo. His return to the Shire saw him as a major force, helping with the Battle of Bywater, marrying and having children, becoming Mayor, Master at Bag End and keeper of the Red Book.

Sam and Frodo Mount Doom

Frodo begins life as a nephew of leading, albeit strange, figure in Hobbiton, Bilbo. He ends life as one of only two Hobbits that are allowed to travel West with the Elves to “…and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly the…

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Rod C. Rodriguez (Stryker)

Syrian_Israel demilitarized zone     

Yes, I raged at the news,

  bombs in baby cribs,

      oil fires in the desert.

     And the murder of children

labeled mushrooms.

     Still I loved your smile in

  the bomb shelter,

      the play of your eyes in the


        I know joy when I hold

  you as the fighters

thunder overhead.

And I commit my love

       to you

     by the light

of the burning chapel.



Rod C. Stryker

This poem was published in the anthology, Will Work for Peace. Hope you like it.

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Am I A Book Snob?

A Little Blog of Books

This week, I found a very interesting post by Amanda Nelson on an awesome website called Book Riot which lists the sort of things that a stereotypical book snob might say and then a “translation” for what they really mean. It’s a very humorous and tongue-in-cheek piece which isn’t meant to be taken very seriously but it got me thinking about book snobbishness and which statements are the sort of things that I might say…

E-reading isn’t REAL reading. = I need my personal preferences about my hobby to be validated as the only right and moral way do to a thing.

Not guilty.  I read printed books and I read eBooks.  As I have said elsewhere, e-readers are great for travel but I still read a lot of printed books.

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