Collocations - Differences and DisagreementsRevision:
Present Perfect - however - Future Continuous Vocabulary
(to) encounter difficulties - (Formal) to meet with difficullties, i.e.
(to) give your word
- The team encountered difficulties when they tried climbing the north face of the mountain.
- make a promise, i.e.
- I give you my word, we shall do everything possible to discover who stole the money.
- The new company director gave her word that jobs would be protected.
(a) gross exaggeration - an extreme attempt to make something seem larger, more
important, etc. than it really is, (a big exaggeration), i.e.
- It's a gross exaggeration to say that one hundred thousand people attended the political rally. The police say it was no more than fifty thousand.
- You're grossly exaggerating to say the meeting was a "great success": plenty of people disagreed with your proposals.
inside of (time) - (informal expression) to say something will happen before a
certain time; the of is optional, i.e.
in the near future / very near future - soon or very soon, i.e.
- The house will be finished inside (of) six months.
- That restaraunt will be out of business inside (of) a year: it's in the wrong location.
(to) keep things in proportion
- In the near future every new car will be electric.
- to keep a balanced view of a situation, i.e.
(to) make progress
- Yes, this is the second crash with this kind of plane. But let's keep things in proportion: 9,000 of the planes are in operation and the accident rate is only 0.92 per million flights.
- verb collocation for progress
(improving / developing) , i.e.
(the / a) vast majority
- He's made very good progress with his school studies this year.
- The peace negoiations between the two countries are making good progress.
- most and more, a great majority, i.e.- A hundred and fifty thousand pounds a weeek! Footballers earn far too much money.- Yes, crazy money, but the vast majority of players are not paid that kind of money.
- I know the job sounds exciting but the vast majority of the time I'm sitting behind a desk with a computer.