1 Minute Lessons
These verbs can be very confusing due to their similarities, but they are used differently.
When you end something, you stop doing it, even though it could go on.
I ended the meeting because it was getting late.
Mary has ended her relationship with Bob—it was about time!
I’ll be visiting Taiwan at the end of the month—how exciting!
These two words can cause some confusion, but they’re really easy to distinguish.
Half refers to 50% of something:
– I had an apple. I cut it in two equal pieces, and gave one half to my sister and I ate the other half.
Middle refers to the central part of something.
– I’m in the middle of doing a lesson right now.
Some may find these two words confusing, but they’re simple to separate.
Long or length refers to a measurement of something from end to end or from top to bottom or from beginning to end. Length is one of three dimensions
The car is three meters long.
My wife gave me a really long list of things to buy at the supermarket.
I had to wait a long time to get to see the movie.
These two words can be confusing because they both refer to the end of a series. But they are easy to distinguish.
We use latest to refer to the most recent example of something. There is no implication that there will be no more.
I really like Amy MacDonald’s latest CD—have you heard it?
This is the latest in a series of high-quality beauty products we offer you.
This is a saying people use to express the idea that if you’re not paying attention, you could miss out on something important. It can be used as a joke, or in a more vengeful way. To snooze means to sleep lightly, especially when taking a quick nap or in front of the television.
“Oh no! I forgot to record that movie on TV last night—I was too busy reading.”
“I told you not to forget! Well, you snooze, you lose!”
This idiom is often used in situations where things aren’t going too well, and you need to prioritize what the most urgent matters are. If someone mentions a problem that can be dealt with or solved later, you use this expression to tell them that. This is especially true if the problem may never arise.