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Vocabulary: usual or unusual
There's a lot of vocabulary besides a great variety of interesting constructions in order to speak about "what's USUAL and what's UNUSUAL". These notions often lead us to "the norm", what's "normal" and what's "abnormal... Please, be very attentive to the constructions "to be used to/ be accustomed to" which are always followed by an - ING form. (A particularity which is far from being automatic for learners! May the FORCE be with You!
I) A HABIT=>THE NORM, USEFUL...
out of habit
|A custom||according to custom|
|To become a habit||to do sg automatically|
|A bad habit||to get into bad habits|
|Usually/ as a rule||as usual|
|Ordinary/ ordinarily||common (place) [adjective]|
It's the norm
It's the standard practice
|traditional/ a tradition|
|The stock reply/ reaction||average/ the average|
|Regular/ regularity||banal/ banality|
|Everyday||a common place|
|Familiar||to happen/ to occur|
|To take place||often/ always|
|Nearly always =>||almost always.|
The norm: the standard practice
EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS:
- To be in the habit of doing/ to have the habit of doing
- I'm used to it!
- To be accustomed to doing it
- It was her custom to do it
- He would do it/ he used to do it
- To get used to doing
- Don't make a habit of it!
- It's worse than usual!
- It's a tradition that...
- ...above/ below average
- To familiarise oneself with something/ to get to know sth/ to become acquainted with sth
- To know stg well/ to be familiar with sth
- It's unheard of
Normal or abnormal electrocardiogram?
II) The "NORM", what's UNEQUAL, different, and therefore "ABNORMAL"!
|Unusual/ unaccustomed||To be unaccustomed to do sth|
To break a habit
To shake off a habit
|rare// rarely/ seldom|
|Hardly ever/ almost never||remarkable|
|Peculiar/ odd/ queer||a pecularity / an oddity|
|Abnormal||deviant/ deviance from|
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