2010年06月

英会話ワンポイントレッスン17. トーク・アベニュー新宿 Vocabulary ACHE

Contributed by Daniel Evans

 

ONE POINT LESSON: VOCABULARY

 

 

 ACHE                                                                       

               1. (verb) to have or give dull, steady pain

               2. (noun) a dull, continuous pain               

 

* Note: There are some other meanings, but they are much less common.

 

Usually, when something is painful, we say it hurts or it is a pain.  But in some situations, native English speakers will almost always use ache.

Here are some very common "ache nouns":

headache        toothache        earache       

stomach ache        back ache        neck ache

 

So for example, instead of saying

"I have a painful ear"  or   "My tooth is hurting" 

most native speakers would say

"I have an earache"   or   "I have a toothache"

 

 

We also usually use ache to talk about "muscle pain"

 

For example;

  • I went to the gym yesterday, so now I'm aching.
  • After the marathon, I had aching legs.
  • I did so much writing in school today that my wrist aches.
  • Following the Judo match, I started to feel an ache in my shoulder.

So, ache is a very useful word.  English speakers never use the expression "muscle pain", so we must use ache.

 

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英会話ワンポイントレッスン16. トーク・アベニュー新宿 Vocabulary GET

Contributed by Joseph Smith

 

ONE POINT LESSON: VOCABULARY

 

GET

The word get can be used in many different ways among native English speakers.

 

Sometimes get means to receive.  As in:

  • Bruce will get a promotion next month if he reaches his sales target.
  • Every day, Sally gets a lot of junk mail in her mailbox.

 

Sometimes get means to become.  As in:

  • It will be cold tomorrow morning, but will get very hot as the day progresses.
  • If Tim does not turn in his report by 5pm, his boss gets very angry.

 

Sometimes get means to go, or to arrive.  As in:

  • You can get to the stadium via the number nine bus.
  • We should get to Osaka by nine o'clock.

 

Sometimes get means to buy, or to take into your possession.

  • Tony went to the grocery store to get some milk.
  • I have to go to the embassy and get a new visa.

 

And sometimes get means to have someone do something for you.  As in:

  • I got my hair cut yesterday. (Someone else cut it, after I asked them to.)
  • Today I will go to get my suit cleaned. (Someone else will clean it, after I ask them to.)

 

So remember, get is a very versatile and useful word that can have many different meanings.

 

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