Often = (1) many times; frequently or in great quantities: The trains are often late.They often go out to dinner. (2) in many cases or instances: People are often afraid of things they don’t understand.
Every so often = sometimes; occasionally: I meet him at the club every so often.Every so often I heard a strange noise outside.
As often as not = quite frequently; usually; in a way that is typical of somebody/something: As often as not, he’s late for work.
Offence= (1) a feeling of anger caused by being offended: â€˜He took offence at my slightest criticism.â€™ (2) the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score: â€˜Our team has the best offence in the league.â€™ Commit an offence (NOT do): â€˜He is accused of committing various minor offences.â€™
Oâ€™clock is a contraction of â€œof the clockâ€ or â€œon the clockâ€ that means â€œaccording to the clockâ€: â€˜We are expected to be there at seven oâ€™ clock in the morning.â€™
Do not use oâ€™clock for times that include minutes or parts of an hour. Compare: â€˜Itâ€™s four oâ€™clock.â€™ â€˜Itâ€™s ten past four.â€™
Use EITHER oâ€™clock OR a.m./p.m. in a sentence (NOT both). Compare: â€˜The work should be completed by seven oâ€™clock.â€™ â€˜The work should be completed by seven p.m.â€™
Do not use oâ€™clock after 6.00, 7.00 etc. Compare: â€˜8 a.m.â€™, â€˜8.00â€™, â€˜8.00 a.m.â€™, â€˜8 oâ€™clockâ€™.
Media= (1) the mass communication industry, esp. newspaper, television and radio; journalists and other related professionals collectively. (2) plural form of medium. So when you are talking about television, radio, and newspaper, use medium for singular reference: â€˜Television is an important medium of infotainment.â€™
Use media (WITHOUT â€“ s) for plural and group reference: â€˜The mass mediaâ€™, â€˜The print mediaâ€™.
The media usually takes a plural verb, especially in formal styles: â€˜The media have shown considerable interest in the trail.â€™ A singular verb is sometimes heard in everyday conversation, but some careful users consider this to be incorrect.â€™
Matter= (1) a subject, situation or event under consideration: â€˜It is a matter for the police.â€™ (2) used to mean â€˜problemâ€™ or troubleâ€™ only in questions and negative sentences: â€˜What is the matter?â€™ â€˜Thereâ€™s nothing the matter.â€™
It doesnâ€™t matter + clause: â€˜It doesnâ€™t matter if you canâ€™t answer all the questions. Just do your best.â€™
Subject + doesnâ€™t matter: â€˜The results donâ€™t matter. Just do your best.â€™
Nothing/something is the matter or there is nothing/something the matter: â€˜I think thereâ€™s something the matter with the central heating. Itâ€™s cold here.â€™ â€˜Donâ€™t worry. Nothingâ€™s the matter. Itâ€™s just a tiny cut.â€™
Marriage = the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony of becoming husband and wife considered from a purely religious or legal point of view: â€˜Her parents are against the marriage.â€™
Wedding = the socialÂ event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed; the occasion when this ceremony takes place and the celebration that follows it: â€˜I never see most of my relatives apart from at weddings.â€™
Married = be/get married to sb (NOT with): â€˜How long has she been married to him?â€™
Mainly= for the most part; chiefly; primarily; to the greatest extent: â€˜This movie is mainly about the pros and cons of reservation policy.â€™
To show that one particular feature or item is more important than all others use above all: â€˜The person weâ€™re looking for has got to be smart, intelligent, and above all trustworthy.â€™ â€˜Above all, the government wants to avoid an increase in inflation.â€™
Machine = any mechanical or electricalÂ device that transmits or modifies energy to perform tasks such as a sewing machine, washing machine or computer: â€˜Do you know how to operate a machine?â€™ â€˜The latest machines can run both types of software.â€™
Engine = a machine that converts thermal energy to mechanical work: â€˜It was difficult to make yourself heard above the roar of the engines.â€™ â€˜Check the tire pressures and top up the engine oil.â€™
Luck= (1) an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that brings good fortune or adversity: We met each other out of pure luck. Bad luck caused his downfall.
Good fortune; be lucky, be in luck, (have) a stroke/bit of luck (NOT have luck): Were lucky the coach didn’t go without us. You’re in luck, there are still a few tickets left.
When luck is used with have, it is always modified: I’ve had enough bad luck to last me a lifetime.
Luck is an uncountable noun: He’s had a lot of bad luck recently. Meeting the right partner is just a matter of luck.
Loan = (1) (noun) a sum of money that you borrow, usually from a bank: â€˜They are currently negotiating a $10 million loan.â€™ (2) (verb) lend a painting, work of art etc. to an art gallery or museum: â€˜The pictures have been loaned to the National Gallery for the forthcoming exhibition.â€™ (3) (verb, especially in American English) let someone use something; lend: â€˜Why donâ€™t you ask John if heâ€™ll loan you his car.â€™
Borrow = receive money or something that a bank or person agrees to lend you: â€˜By the end of the war the Canadian government had borrowed over $5 million from its own citizens.â€™