Sunday, 15 January 2012

Objective Proficiency p 107. Vocabulary

Ex 2
  • Signpost: a sign at the side of a road giving information about the direction and distance of places. E.g. Follow the signposts to the superstore. (Figurative) The chapter headings are useful signposts to the content of the book.
  • Undue: /ˌʌnˈdjuː/more than you think is reasonable or necessary. Excessive. E.g. They are taking undue advantage of the situation. The work should be carried out without undue delay. We did not want to put any undue pressure on them. Repayments can be made over a long period, without putting undue strain on your finances.
  • Alongside: together with or at the same time as something/somebody. E.g. Traditional beliefs still flourish alongside a modern urban lifestyle. 
  • At/from the outset (of something): at/from the beginning of something. E.g. I made it clear right from the outset that I disapproved. As mentioned at the outset (of this report), the news has a great effect on the market's activity.
Ex 4.
  • Draft something: to write the first rough version of something such as a letter, speech or book. E.g. to draft a constitution/contract/bill. I'll draft a letter for you.
  • Stationery: /ˈsteɪʃənri/  materials for writing and for using in an office, for example paper, pens and envelopes. Sp. Artículos de papelería.
  • Bullet point: an item in a list in a document, that is printed with a square, diamond or circle in front of it in order to show that it is important. The square, etc. is also called a bullet point. 
  • Signpost something to show clearly the way that an argument, a speech, etc. will develop. E.g. You need to signpost for the reader the various points you are going to make.

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