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    Vocabulary: moving/ gestures

    From our birth to our death, we never stop moving -  We move ourselves, of course to go from one place to another one,  but also because we try to communicate in a lot of ways. The different parts of the body are ready to obey our brains in order to communicate in expressive ways. The vocabulary in relation to movements is  extremely varied and precise. Therefore, remember the words you need and ... a few more, ... just for the fun of it!    







                              To sit astride                                                       To crouch


     A movement   To move 
     A  gesture  To gesticulate 
     To stand up To get up 

     To stand

     To be standing  

     To sit down 
     To sit up  To sit/ to be sitting 
     To sit up straight  To sit astride 
     To straighten one's back                  To be erect 
     To have a stoop  To have an arched back         
     To bend down  To bend one's knees 

     To bend one's head 

     To bow one's head

     To kneel down 

     To be kneeling

     To be on one's knees 

     To crouch

     To squat down 

     To be on all fours  To bend (bent, bent) 



    To stretch                                          To shake one's head (to refuse)




     BE CAREFUL! You should remember that verbs of motion may have different meanings depending on the presence (or absence) of particles attached to them. Without a particle, the verb is static: it indicates a position. The particle gives a meaning to the movement which is then added. 

    To SIT, SAT, SAT=> To be sitting: the static position.  //// TO SIT DOWN : movement (from the standing position to the sitting one) //// to SIT UP : movement: (from lying to sitting)

    To KNEEL, KNELT, KNELT=> To be kneeling: static position  /// TO KNEEL DOWN: movement.  

    TO LIE, LAY, LAIN=> To be lying  /// TO LIE DOWN: movement

    TO STAND, STOOD, STOOD=> to be standing  /// TO STAND UP:movement


    - To be sitting in the wrong position

    - To turn one's back on somebody

    - His back was turned towards the door

    - To sink back into a chair

    - To sprawl in the grass

    - In a sitting/ lying position

    - To hold oneself well/ badly

    - With arms folded/ with folded arms

    - With legs crossed/ crossed legs

    - With arms dangling

    - With arms akimbo

    - To keep/ lose one's balance

    - To lean forward/ back(ward)

    - To shake one's fist at somebody

    - To raise one's hand

    - To swing one's arms

    - To shrug one's shoulders



    with arms akimbo                   leaning against the wall


     To stretch  The gait 
     To turn round  To turn toward sb 

     To spin round 

     To swing round 

     To fold one's arms 
     To cross one's legs   To sway one's hips  
     To lean against sth  To lean over sth 
     To shake one's head  To nod 
     To be restless  To be fidgety 
     A nervous twitch/ a tic  To wave to sb
     To point at sb To beckon to sb 
     To clench one's fist 

     To click one's fingers 

     To snap one's fingers

     To twiddle one's thumbs                To shake/ tremble 
     To shiver  To shake/ quake with fear       
     To shudder To quiver 
     Graceful/ elegant Clumsy/ awkward



    Arms folded...                                  He's shivering...


    As I had warned you, there was a lot of vocabulary with very varied meanings and nuances...

    The test is quite easy, but you can learn more if you fancy it!  I give you the FORCE!  


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    3. Though she was a beginner, the young rider could control the of her horse during the exercise.

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