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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #125579: Vocabulary: usual or unusual
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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... 

     A habit                                                                

     from habit 

     out of habit

     A custom   according to custom  
     To become a habit   to do sg automatically 
     A bad habit   to get into bad habits 
     Usual  customary 
     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 
     HUMDRUM  routine
     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
     Extraordinary  original/ originality 

     Out-of-the-ordinary

     Out-of-the-way

      curious 
     Peculiar/ odd/ queer   a pecularity / an oddity
     Abnormal  deviant/ deviance from 


                             

     

    There you are. Don't be afraid of the test. I'm sure you'll pass it brilliantly!

    Go for it and thanks for working with me... 

     



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