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Fly or Flow/ Live or Leave
Among the unforgivable confusions of verbs and expressions students tend to mix up and misuse, are the verbs To FLY and To FLOW and the even more elementary To LIVE and To LEAVE. Such mistakes are extremely serious and must be avoided at all cost. They can be quite easily.
1) TO FLY, FLEW, FLOWN = to move through the air, using wings; to take the plane:
| Present Participle |
| 3 rd p. sing.|
| A fly ||= an insect ||= the flap of a tent ||= a garment opening || Plural= flies |
To fly the nest= To leave the house A fly => several flies To fly a kite
|A dragon fly||= a non stinging insect||A fly spray||= aerosol to kill flies|
|A fly swat|
= an object to kill flies
|A fly sheet/ screen||= protection against insects|
|To fly away/out||= to run away||To fly||= take a plane|
|To fly a kite||= to float a kit in the air||To fly a flag||= to float a flag|
|To fly the nest||= to leave the home||Fly tipping||= illegal dumping of trash|
To fly off the
|= to fly into a passion||To eat on the fly||= to eat very quickly|
2) TO FLOW, regular verb, FLOWED, FLOWED .
|The flow||= a stream of water||The flow||= the movement of water|
Against the flow
= in the opposite direction
|Blood flow||= a discharge of blood|
The ebb and flow
= the rise of the tide
= The sum of the after
II) To LIVE? or to LEAVE?
1) To LIVE, regular verb, LIVED, LIVED.
|To live off someone||= to use somebody else's money||Live on welfare||= to live with social help|
|To live rough||= difficult living conditions||To live with||= to endure|
|To live and learn||= learn with experience||To live and let live||= to be tolerant|
|To live it up||= take advantage||Long live the King!||= a cheer of encouragement!|
|Live [laiv]||= not broadcast||Live from hand to mouth|
= problems to make ends
2) To LEAVE, LEFT, LEFT= to leave behind, to forget.
|To leave something||= to leave an object behind||Absent Without Leave||= AWL = a deserter|
|To take a French leave||= to go away discretely||To leave someone alone||= stop bothering!|
|To leave high and dry||= to let down||To eat leftovers||= eating what is left|
|To leave it to someone||= to entrust stg to sby||To be left behind||= abandoned|
|Take it or leave it!||= make a choice||To be on leave|| = to have days off **|
|To have something left||= to remain||Leave well enough alone!||= don't try to do too well!|
** "On leave = on holiday" has formed many expressions using adjectives or nouns:
Maternity leave - sick leave - annual leave - parental leave - sabbatical leave ...
Leave me alone! To take a French leave To be on leave
Now, you should know the main expressions enabling you to avoid misunderstandings! Good luck!
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