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English famous quote"It is better to use fair means and fail, than foul and conquer." -- Sallust 


English Idiom
English idiomby fair means or foul - to use any possible method to achieve something, even dishonest or unfair methods

1. This team will win the game by fair means or foul.
2. Her brother makes his fortune by fair means or foul.
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English interesting factThe English word "goodbye" has quite an interesting origin. It originated from the phrase "God be with you" or "God be with ye" in Old English. The phrase "God be with you" has its roots in religious and spiritual customs, where people would express their well-wishes and invoke blessings upon one another.

The religious hymn "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" was written by Jeremiah Rankin in 1882 when he was 54 years old. The hymn's comforting and uplifting lyrics express a message of farewell, assurance, and the hope of meeting again in the future. Rankin served as a pastor and composed the song so his church choir could have something to sing when they parted each week. Rankin said this about the hymn, "WrittenЕas a Christian goodbye, it was called forth by no person or occasion, but was deliberately composed as a Christian hymn on the basis of the etymology of "goodbye," which is УGod be with you." He got the idea for the first stanza of the song when he saw the dictionary definition of "good-bye" was short for "God be with you."

"Goodbye" is a common way to say farewell or take leave of someone, expressing well wishes and hope for their safety or well-being. The word has become widely recognized and used in many English-speaking countries.

Source: "The Origins of the Phrase, "God Be With You" & Internet


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Foul or Fowl

1. foul [fl] (adj.) Ц 1. used to describe a bad smell, look, taste (senses); 2. means "very bad" or "extremely unpleasant"; 3. to describe rude, vulgar, offensive language 4. very evil or cruel; 5. (v.) to make unclean, dirty, pollutant; 6. (n.) (British English) an act that is against the rules of a sport (unfair or violent);

1. In the kitchen, you can smell the foul odor of rotten eggs.
2. Yesterday was a foul day for my boyfriend at work.
3. This young boy used foul language in front of cameras and microphones.
4. All were shocked by this foul crime.
5. The foul air in the city this morning makes people stay home.
6. After a while, the player committed another foul.

2. fowl [fl] (pl. fowl or fowls) Ц 1. (n.) usually a domestic bird (chicken, hen, turkey, duck, goose) that is raised to produce meat or eggs; 2. (n.) game bird - a bird hunting for sport or meat; a bird of a large group that includes pheasants, quails, guinea fowl, etc.

1. My grandparents breed fowl for eggs and meat.
2. For lunch we had soup for the first course, followed by roast fowl and rice.
3. In our backyard, we have a dog, two cats, and domestic fowl.

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Using "Bring", "Bring about", "Carry", and "Carry on" Correctly

:: To bring means to take something or somebody with oneself somewhere:

Linda brought her album to me. (correct!)
Peter brought his best friend with him to the concert last night. (correct!)
Jane brings her dog to the park every day. (correct!)

:: To bring about means: 1. to cause something to happen; 2. to turn around (move to face in the opposite direction)

The new law will bring about social and political conflicts. (correct!)
The hurricane brought about enormous waves in the ocean. (correct!)
The captain brought the ship about and rescued the three survivors in the boat. (correct!)

:: To carry means: 1. to hold someone or something with your hands, arms, or on your back and transport it; 2. to support and move someone or something from one place to another; 3. to have something with you all the time; 4. to be pregnant with a child

Pamela was carrying two bags in each hand when I met her. (correct!)
He was carrying his child down the stairs. (correct!)
The patient was carried to the doctor's cabinet. (correct!)
The old lady was carried carefully to the other side of the street. (correct!)
James is carrying a knife to defend himself. (correct!)
Nancy is carrying his child. (correct!)

:: To carry on means: 1. to continue doing an activity/task or to cause something to continue; 2. (informal) behave in a particular way;

She carried on with her writing after the phone call. (correct!)
Let's carry on our negotiation next week. (correct!)
He will be fired soon if he carries on arriving late at work. (correct!)
Joana will leave her boyfriend if he carries on behaving like this. (correct!)

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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!"
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