Friday, 30 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 91. Vocabulary

Ex 4
  • At the end of the day: used to introduce the most important fact after everything has been considered. A fin de cuentas, al fin y al cabo, después de todo. E.g. At the end of the day, he'll still have to make his own decision.
  • All things considered: thinking carefully about all the facts, especially the problems or difficulties, of a situation. A fin de cuentas, en conjunto, en general. E.g. She's had a lot of problems since her husband died but she seems quite cheerful, all things considered. 
  • Come to think of it: used when you suddenly remember something or realize that it might be important. E.g. Come to think of it, he did mention seeing you. 
  • In the cold/clear light of day: when you have had time to think calmly about something; in the morning when things are clearer. E.g. These things always look different in the cold light of day.
  • All in all: when everything is considered. En términos generales, teniendo todo en cuenta, en conjunto. E.g. All in all it had been a great success.
  • Punchy: having a strong effect because it expresses something clearly in only a few words. E.g. a bright, punchy style of writing.
Ex 6
  • Boon: (to/for somebody) something that is very helpful and makes life easier for you. Gran ayuda. E.g. The new software will prove a boon to Internet users.
  • Pillage: to steal things from a place or region, especially in a war, using violence.  
  • At stake: that can be won or lost, depending on the success of a particular action. Estar en juego. E.g. We cannot afford to take risks when people's lives are at stake. The prize at stake is a place in the final. 
  • In your own right: because of your personal qualifications or efforts, not because of your connection with somebody else. E.g. She sings with a rock band, but she's also a jazz musician in her own right.
  • Reassert something: to make other people recognize again your right or authority to do something, after a period when this has been in doubt. Reafirmar. E.g. She found it necessary to reassert her position.
  • Mourn: /mɔːn/ to feel and show sadness because somebody has died; to feel sad because something no longer exists or is no longer the same. E.g. He was still mourning his brother's death. They mourn the passing of a simpler way of life.

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