Monday, August 17, 2009



Define and explain the difference in meaning between the words "apropos" and "appropriate".
Create sentences using "apropos" and "appripriate" that show the meqnings of the words.


The word for today is "mountebank".
What part of speech is "mountebank"?
Define "mountebank" and use it in a sentence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

As a learner of English as a second language, I have enjoyed the precision and erudition of your blog.

Would you mind if I used the comment field to ask you a question and suggest a topic for a blog entry?

Once I said to a New Zealand friend, “I saw many fish while I was snorkelling in New Caledonia”. “You sound like a foreigner when you use many like that” she replied – I am indeed a foreigner but I’d like to perfect my English to sound more natural!

But what was wrong? Is it because I’ve used “many” in a statement? Well, this very friend uttered the following sentence: “There are many cars stranded”, and yet, this is also a statement and “cars” is also a concrete noun and so is “fish” by the way. Still, she did sound natural when she said that.

So, how can I use “many” (other than too many, so many etc.) in a natural manner in statements?

I am looking forward to your explanations.