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Somewhere to Sit

Vocabulary | Idioms | Prepositions

Vocabulary

Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

Idioms

I am determined to make idioms as accessible for all students as any other part of the English language. Reading and memorising lists of vocabulary is not the most productive, interesting, or useful exercise in English language learning. I created these Activities to encourage you to not only learn and remember many English idioms, but also to have fun with them, as having fun is a great aid to learning and remembering. It is important that you know as many idioms as possible as native English speakers use them with alarming regularity. I hope that as you work your way through the Idiom Activities you will make some of the idioms your own and use them regularly like a native.

Prepositions

Prepositions are short words that usually go before nouns and sometimes before gerunds and which tell us about the time or place of things in relation to other things. There are few rules when it comes to learning prepositions and you really just have to learn them one by one. Most students of English find prepositions very difficult to learn and confusing to use. Prepositions are also important in phrasal verbs, and these also need to be learnt and memorised one by one. These Activities are designed to help you learn some of the more common prepositions in English.

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In this lesson you will be looking at the following vocabulary: a degree of, ablutions, ample, back-seat driver, bums on seats, by the seat of your pants, castor, couch potato, crap, dearth, euphemistically, frame, have a seat, in the driving seat, in the hot seat, ingest, keep my seat warm, lazing, lethargic, lose yourself in something, on the edge of your seat, piece of furniture, plonked, propel, quilted, ringside seat, sluggish, sumptuous, take a back seat, take a seat, take the weight off your feet, tempted, throne, and upholstered.

This leather sofa has a wooden frame and quilted back and arm supports. Sofas are comfortable pieces of furniture on which to take the weight off your feet. They are so comfortable that you might be tempted to spend the whole day lazing on your couch. Those who do spend all day plonked on their couches are known as couch potatoes. They tend to be unfit, lethargic, and sluggish, and probably have a terrible diet, too. They are the sort of people who take the back seat in everything and rarely put themselves in the driver’s seat except when driving their cars.

Armchairs were made for sitting in. They are sumptuously upholstered for maximum comfort and give ample support to your bottom, back, and arms. This one has castors on its feet to allow it to be moved around easily. An armchair is the perfect chair for reading or for watching a movie and the excitement of a good book or movie can keep you on the edge of your seat. A decent armchair is a great place to lose yourself in a good book for hours on end.

Wheelchairs are chairs with wheels used by people who find walking difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, old age, or disability. There are many types of wheelchair, each designed to meet the user’s specific needs. Their main function is to give those who find it difficult or impossible to walk a degree of mobility. The freedom provided by a wheelchair puts the user in the driving seat, so to speak. Wheelchairs can be propelled manually, either by the wheelchair user or by someone pushing the wheelchair, or they can be propelled by electric motors.

The one place that most of us sit at least once a day is on the toilet. It’s such an important seat that it’s euphemistically termed the throne. Unlike an armchair, the toilet is not built for relaxing on and this probably accounts for the dearth of televisions in most toilets, though bathroom reading has been common throughout history. While one might not want to read War and Peace on the toilet, Twitter seems uncommonly suited to one’s daily ablutions, though why you would want to ingest other people’s crap while disposing of your own is beyond me.

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