Pass= (1) go across: We passed the place where the accident had occurred.(2) move past: He passed his teacher in the hall.(3) to come to an end: The water crisis passed.(4) be approved: The bill passed the house.(5) transmit information: Please pass the information to all of your friends.
You spend your holidays/a period of time somewhere (Not pass): We spent a lazy afternoon down by the river.
When pass is used in connection with time, it is usually intransitive: Two weeks passed and there was still no reply.
In sentences about the passage of time, the subject of pass is always a time phrase: Another five minutes passed and the taxi still didn’t appear. This pattern is used mainly in narrative styles.
Pass up = when you give a piece of written work to a teacher, lecturer, etc., you hand it in: All assignment have to be handed in by Monday 3rd October.
Invent = create a machine, instrument, system or process, which has not existed before: â€˜Who invented the telephone?â€™ â€˜The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney in 1793.â€™
Discover = find or find out something for the first time: â€˜Penicillin was discovered almost by accident.â€™ â€˜Iâ€™ve just discovered a new way of cooking pasta.â€™
Intend = plan to do something: â€˜I intend to arrive early and make sure that I get a seat.â€™
Tend = (i) be likely or true in most causes: â€˜At that age, girls tend to be more mature than boys.â€™ (ii) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something: â€˜She tends to be nervous before examination.â€™
Inhabit = (usually passive) lives in a place or area, especially for a long time or permanently: â€˜The island is mainly inhabited by sheep.â€™ â€˜The mountainous regions are still inhabited by indigenous tribes.â€™
Occupy = use or live in a room, house or building for any length of time: â€˜Is that seat occupied?â€™ â€˜The flat below was occupied by a young couple.â€™
Inferior= of or characteristic of low rank or importance; poor in quality: â€˜An inferior productâ€™
Inferior/superior to (NOT than): â€˜To suggest that women doctors are in some way inferior to their male counterparts is scandalous.â€™ â€˜Why do they think themselves so superior to the rest of us?â€™
Independent= (1) independent (not subject to control by others) of somebody/something (NOT from): â€˜Now-a-days young people want to be independent of their parents.â€™ (2) free from external control and constraint: â€˜She is a very independent person.â€™
Impulse = a sudden desire to do something: â€˜I walked out of the classroom on an impulse.â€™ â€˜Itâ€™s unwise to act on impulse.â€™
Inspiration = (a source of) creative energy: â€˜The inspiration for these early poems came from his relationship with Lucy Potter.â€™
The verb immigrate (= migrate to a foreignÂ country and change residency) is seldom used. Instead people tend to use immigrant and immigration (nouns): â€˜When jobs became scarce, the number of new immigrants suddenly decreased.â€™ â€˜Immigration has decreased in recent years.â€™
Emigrate = leave one’s own country for a new one: â€˜His parents emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1933.â€™
Imitate = do something in exactly the same way that someone else does it: â€˜Have you heard him trying to imitate an Englishman speaking French?â€™ â€˜He walks as if he is trying to imitate Donald Duck.â€™
Copy = do the same thing as someone else: â€˜As soon as I began cycling to work, people started copying me.â€™ â€˜His little sister wants to copy him all the time.â€™
Unlike but, however is an adverb (NOT a conjunction) and is used only in formal styles: â€˜I was hoping to deal with this matter quickly. However, the situation is more complicated than I thought.â€™ â€˜The newspapers always carried stories of new advances and glorious victories. In reality, however, the war was not going well.â€™