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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #119677: Vocabulary: winning or losing
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    Vocabulary: winning or losing


    In our present society, it's common and considered as normal to watch your neighbours, to gauge and assess them, compare them... Very young, our kids start competing in every field... and consider it important to WIN, to be the FIRST ONE, the WINNER, the ACE, the "CHAMPION",   whatever methods people are using, for that matter...  

    In class, teachers have a hard time recommending group work and explaining the difference between "exams" (which our students have to take ) and "competitive exams" which will take place much later ...) 

     

     

    I) Win... ???=> a victory. 

     

                            

     

     To win, I won, won * To earn money
     to win hands down  the winner  
     to win in an armchair                                           to beat someone                                                      
     to win by a neck/ by a nose  a win-win situation 
     to beat someone 5-3  ** to defeat someone   

    * to win, I won, won. 

    ** to beat, I beat, beaten. 

    II) ... or lose?=> a defeat. 

                             

     

     To lose, I lost, lost ***  the loser 
     to beat the pants off  to thrash someone 
     to beat someone hollow (BE)                             to be a good/ bad loser                                   

    *** Be careful: to lose= has a single O. 

     

    III) Scoring:

     a point  the score 
     the score was 3 to 2    the score was 4 all  
     to be in the lead  to have a lead over someone 
     to come in first/ second    the runner-up 
     to tie with sb for first place                                 there's a tie for the second place                                     
     "deuce"  a draw/ a tie

     

                        

     

     A record  the world record  
     to break a record  to hold the record 
     a champion/ championship a record holder
     to mount the podium                                       a gold/ silver/ bronze medal                                       
     to be disqualified  to withdraw => a withdrawal (a forfeit)

     

    IV) ... and breaking records? 

    *  to hold, I held, held 

     to withdraw, I withdrew, withdrawn

                            

    The "recipe", if there's one..., to be a WINNER, is to work, and train, and work again!  

    In the long race of learning a foreign language, you're your sole opponent... (tempting you to yield to "the easy way", "intellectual laziness"). Intellectual curiosity, pleasure, and the possibility to communicate easily with a lot of people are your allies and... your reward!  Let's go! Here's your training! You have the FORCE! Never give up!   



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