"Just keep taking chances and having fun." - Garth Brooks
|not to turn a hear - to remain calm
He didn't turn a hair when the robber ran into the room at night.
He did it without turning a hair.
Did you know ...
Hair fibers or strands, grow from an organ in the area under the skin called a follicle.
As soon as a hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
A single hair has a lifespan of about five years. It is made mostly of a protein called keratin.
Hair contains information about what kind of food have you been eating, vitamins, minerals,
and everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including medicines, alcohol and
drugs. Hair is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.
The only thing about you that canТt be identified by your hair is your gender - menТs hair and womenТs hair are identical in structure.
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Common Errors in EnglishHear, Hare, Hair, or Here
1. hear [h], (heard)[h:d](v) Ц (1) to perceive with the ears the sound made by someone or something; (2) to be informed of; (3) to give a formal official, or judicial hearing to (something); (4) to be among the audience at or of (something); (5) to receive information by the ear or otherwise (to hear from a friend)
1. The students heard the bell and rushed out of the schoolroom.
2. I've just heard some bad news on TV and was very upset.
3. The judge heard all witnesses and finally came to decision.
4. Last night the guest heard how our children were playing the piano.
5. Yesterday I heard from my old friend Jane. In her email she told me that her family decided to move abroad.
2. hare [h] (n) Ц a fast running mammal that resembles alarge rabbit, having very long hind legs, and typically found in the grass and open woodland
1. In the open woodland one of the hunters shot a big running hare.
2. At the zoo two little girls spend much time around the case of the hares.
3. hare [h] (v) (разг.) Ц run with great speed; to hare off, to hare it
1. The boys hared off when the man came out of the house and began shouting at them.
2. In the forest the children were scared by a roar, so they hared off between the trees.
4. hair [h] (v) Ц the mass of fine thread-like strands growing from the skin of humans; hairs collectively, especially those growing on a person's head;
1. My daughter has got blue eyes and darkbrown hair.
2. I've already got many grey hairs on my head.
3. At the restaurant Mike found a hair in his soup and refused to eat.
5. here [h] (v) Ц this place
1. My parents live near here.
2. There is a beautiful park not far away.
English Grammar and Writing TipsUsing "Chance" and "Opportunity" Correctly
We say: "someone has a (good) chance of doing something (passing an examination, winning a competition, etc.)":
Do you think our son has a chance of passing the examination? (correct)
Do you think our son has an opportunity of passing the examination? (incorrect!)
Our team have a very good chance of winning the competition. (correct)
Our team have a very good opportunity of winning the competition. (incorrect!)
We can also say "any/no/little/much chance":
I don't think I have much chance of finding a good flat near my office. (correct)
I don't think I have much opportunity of finding a good flat near my office. (incorrect!)
Is there any chance of you lending me this book for a month? (correct)
Is there any opportunity of you lending me this book for a month? (incorrect!)
Karen has no chance of passing the test. (correct)
Karen has no opportunity of passing the test. (incorrect!)
Note that we say: "What are the chances of something (happening)?"
What are the chances of succeeding in any other country (abroad)? (correct)
What are the opportunities of succeeding in any other country (abroad)? (incorrect!)
Jack has injured in a car accident but the doctors say that he has a very good chance of recovering completely. (correct)
Jack has injured in a car accident but the doctors say that he has a very good opportunity of recovering completely. (incorrect!)
And also: "there is a chance of something (happening)" or "there is a chance that something will happen"
There isn't much chance of finding a good job after I finish high school. (correct)
There isn't much opportunity of finding a good job after I finish high school. (incorrect!)
My husband doesn't think there is much chance of raising his salary. (correct)
My husband doesn't think there is much opportunity of raising his salary. (incorrect!)
There is a chance that I'll be at an international conference next week chance of coming together. (correct)
There is a opportunity that I'll be at an international conference next week chance of coming together. (incorrect!)
We use "chance to do something" when chance=time or opportunity to do something (chance of -ing is less usual with this meaning)
I met an old friend last week but we didn't have much chance to talk to each other. (correct)
- Have you cleaned your room?
- No, mom, I didn't have a chance to do it today. (correct)
- Have you cleaned your room?
- No, mom, I didn't have an opportunity to do it today. (correct)
Opportunity to do something
We normally say "opportunity to do something (opportunity of -ing is also possible)"
I have the opportunity to work abroad for a year. Do you think I should go? (correct)
I have the opportunity of working abroad for a year. Do you think I should go? (correct)
[I have the chance to work abroad for a year. Do you think I should go? (correct)]
I'd like to have the opportunity to travel the world? (correct)
I'd like to have the opportunity of traveling the world? (correct)
[I'd like to have the chance to travel the world? (correct)]
We can also say: any/no/little/much/plenty of/more opportunity
I don't think there is much opportunity to go to Spain in the near future. (correct)
I don't think there is much chance of my going to Spain in the near future. (correct)
I live near a tennis court and a swimming pool, so I have plenty of opportunity to go playing tennis and swimming.(correct)
My sister live now in England, so she has much opportunity to speak English. (=much chance to speak) (correct)
- Do you go to the cinema very often?
- No, I don't have much opportunity to go to the cinema. (correct)
Where I live there is plenty of opportunity to do sport andrecreation. (correct)
We do not say "possibility to do something":
Our daughter has the opportunity to study in Canada next year. (not "possibility to study") (correct)
Once there was a millionaire who had a collection of live alligators. He kept them in a pool at the back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day, he decides to throw a huge party. During the party he announces, "My dear guests, I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!" As soon as he finishes his last word, there is the sound of a large splash. The guests all turn to see a man in the pool swimming as fast as he can. They cheer him on as he keeps stroking. Finally, the swimming man makes it to the other side unharmed. The millionaire is so impressed, e says, "My boy, that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! Well, I must keep my end of the bargain. Which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?" The man says, "Listen, I don't want your money. I don't want your daughter, either. I want the person who pushed me in that water!"
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