"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, youТll land among the stars." -- Les Brown
|see to it - to ensure or make certain that something is done
1. Can you see to it that Jane will get the book tomorrow morning?
2. I wanted to see to it that my children had cleaned the room.
3. See to it that this never happens again!
see eye to eye (usually in the negative) - means to agree with someone; to have the same opinion (as someone else) on someone/something or about someone/something
1. I don't see eye to eye with my father on some political issues.
2. My friend Ann doesn't see eye to eye with her sister. Their opinions differ on many topics.
3. They've never seen eye to eye about this matter.
4. Tom saw eye to eye with his colleague Jim on almost every aspect of the problem.
Did you know ...
The UK is short for The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is a sovereign state in the northwest of Europe and is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom is located on a single island that is itself a part of a larger set of islands.
The Great Britain is the larger of the two main islands in the British Isles. The Great Britain consists of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Ireland is the smaller of the two large islands in the British Isles. It is divided between the fully independent sovereign state of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom.
The British Isles is the most common name for the archipelago but it is not used in the Republic of Ireland. They refer to them as either the British-Irish Isles or simply as Уthese islandsФ.
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Common Errors in EnglishPair, Pear, or Pare
1. pair [p] Ц 1. (n.) two identical, similar, or corresponding things that are meant to be used together (a pair of gloves, a pair of shoes/socks); 2. (n.) - a thing that has two parts that are joined (a pair of glasses/scissors/underwear); 3. (n.) two people connected with each other (a married, engaged, or dating couple); 4. (n.) - two people who do something together (a pair of hunters); 5. (n.) - two animals that mate together; 6. (v.) - to put (two people or things) together
1. I bought a pair of socks for my daughter.
2. Three pairs of eyes were staring at Robert, waiting for him to begin the fairy tale.
3. Every girl was paired with a boy during the dancing lessons.
2. pear [p] (n.) Ц an edible fruit; the tree itself
1. There are three apples and four pears on the table.
2. The kids were standing under the pear tree.
3. pare [p] (v.) Ц 1. to cut away the outer layer or part of; to peel the outer layer of a fruit or a vegetable (to pare an apple); 2. to remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving (often followed by off or away); 3. pare down - to reduce, as in quantity or size (often followed by down):;
1. My mother took an apple from the basket and pared it.
2. Wait a minute, mom. I'm paring my nails.
3. We have to find a way to pare the company's budget.
4. The sale of this division is part of our efforts to pare down the expenses.
English Grammar and Writing TipsUsing "See to", "Look after", and "Watch out" Correctly
Read first: Using "See", "Look at", and "Watch" Correctly
:: See - we do not use the active form of the verb "see" with "to"- infinitive. For example, we do not say:
I saw him to eat spaghetti at the restaurant. (incorrect!)
I saw him eat spaghetti at the restaurant. (the speaker saw the entire act) (correct!)
I saw him eating spaghetti at the restaurant. (the speaker briefly saw the person while he was eating) (correct!)
We use the passive form of the verb, followed by a "to"- infinitive when an event or action is completed:
He was seen to break the windows of the car. (complete observation of the action) (correct)
We use the passive form of the verb, followed by an "-ing" form when an event or action is not completed:
He was seen breaking the windows of the car. (partial observation of the action) (correct)
Read also: Question about English (US)
:: "See" is often used to mean "visit" or "meet by arrangement":
I have to see my doctor this afternoon. (correct)
My grandmother is seeing the doctor on Monday. (correct)
:: We can say that two people "are seeing" each other when they are meeting each other regularly, for example because they are in love. When "see" has this meaning, it is usually used in a continuous tense:
Do your parents know that you and Steve are seeing? (correct)
We are seeing our friends Jen and Peter this weekend. (correct)
:: "See" is also used to mean "understand", "know", or "realize":
I don't quite see how they can argue that. (correct)
I see what you mean. (correct)
:: We often say "I see" to show that we have understood something:
Donna is Robert's mother-in-law. - I see. (correct)
:: When "see" means "understand", we can use "can" or "could" with it:
I can see why my daughter is so scared. (correct)
We could see her point of view. (correct)
:: We do not use a continuous tense when "see" means "understand". For example, we do not say:
I am seeing what you mean. (incorrect!)
:: When someone does something that has to be done, we can say that they "see to":
I'll see to the breakfast while the children are still sleeping. (correct)
I'm here to see to your luggage, madam. (correct)
:: When someone deals with or prepares something, we can say that they "see about" it:
Will you see about putting the children to bed? (correct)
My husband promised to see about dinner. (correct)
I'll have to see about organizing the conference next month. (correct)
:: We can say "have to see about that" (spoken). It is used to say that you are not able to decide now:
My niece wants to borrow my car for the weekend but weТll have to see about that. (correct)
:: We also use "see about (something)" to say that we investigate, look into, or check on something:
I'm going to see about your car's noise, don't worry. (correct)
:: Look after - to take care of someone or something:
My parents will look after the children while we are abroad. (correct)
You have to look after your shoes - they are so dirty. (correct!)
:: Look after something (for someone) - to take care of something that belongs to someone else and make sure it is not damaged or stolen:
Kate will look after our house while we are on vacation. (correct)
Would you please look after my bag for a while? (correct)
:: Look for - to try to find, to search for something or somebody
I'm looking for my car keys. It seems like I have lost them. (correct)
Joe is looking for his dog. (correct)
:: Look forward to (something, doing something) - it means that you are pleased or excited about what you are going to experience in the future
Susan is looking forward to the opportunity to get a scholarship to study in the United States. (correct)
I'm looking forward to the party next week. (correct)
I'm looking forward to your visit. (your letter, your reply) (correct)
Note: We can use it in negative sentences, too:
Tom is not looking forward to his birthday this year. (correct)
:: We use an "-ing" form of the verb after "look forward to":
I look forward to working with you. (hearing from you soon, seeing you again) (correct)
I look forward to work with you. (hear from you soon, see you again) (incorrect)
I'm looking forward to working with you. (hearing from you soon, seeing you again) (correct)
I'm looking forward to work with you. (incorrect)
Pamela is looking forward to visiting London next month. (correct)
Pamela is looking forward to visit London next month. (incorrect)
Note: We use "look forward to" (simple present tense) in more formal written English and "looking forward to" (present continuous tense) in more informal spoken and written English.
:: Look up - to try to find a word, name, number, etc. in a reference book
If you're not sure how to spell a word, look it up in the dictionary. (correct)
:: Watch out (informal) - used to warn somebody about something dangerous (from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Watch out! There is a truck coming! (correct)
We have to watch out because there is a bear over there. (correct)
:: Watch over someone/something (informal) - to guard, protect, or be in charge of someone or something:
I'll watch over my little sister tonight. (correct)
After the incident, Emma's parents hired a lifeguard to watch over her. (correct)
The guards watch over our house. (correct)
Please, watch over my suitcase for a minute. (correct)
Once there was a millionaire who had a collection of live alligators. He kept them in a pool at the back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day, he decides to throw a huge party. During the party he announces, "My dear guests, I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!" As soon as he finishes his last word, there is the sound of a large splash. The guests all turn to see a man in the pool swimming as fast as he can. They cheer him on as he keeps stroking. Finally, the swimming man makes it to the other side unharmed. The millionaire is so impressed, e says, "My boy, that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! Well, I must keep my end of the bargain. Which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?" The man says, "Listen, I don't want your money. I don't want your daughter, either. I want the person who pushed me in that water!"