Phrasal Verb Lesson – Look Down On

happy-english-phrasal-verb-look-down-on-2-12Phrasal Verb: Look down on

Meaning: To view someone/something disparagingly

  • The rich family looks down on their daughter’s boyfriend because he is not so rich.
  • It’s not good to look down on people.
  • Some of the bosses tend to look down on the lower tier workers in the factory.

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Phrasal Verb Lesson – Kick Off

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Phrasal Verb: Kick Off

Meaning: To begin an event, like a meeting, conference, game, etc.

  • Jack will kick off his business trip to Europe in Paris on the 18th.
  • We will kick off the golf game at 10:00.
  • We kicked off the workshop with a speech by the CEO

When did you kick off the last meeting in your office?
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Notice vs Realize vs Recognize – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

Notice vs Realize vs Recognize - Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

I didn’t recognize him in this outfit!

I noticed it was time to leave the office so I put on my coat and went downstairs. Suddenly, I realized that I had left my hat in the office, so I went back to get it. I’m glad I did because when I got outside, I noticed a group of people at the corner. They were all looking at someone. At first I didn’t recognize who it was, so I asked someone and they said it was Johnny Depp! He was wearing a winter coat and hat and dark glasses. I can’t imagine how anyone could have recognized him!

(This is a fictional story, written just to practice today’s English vocabulary lesson!)

Today, let’s have a look at three similar verbs; notice, realize, and recognize. Do you know the difference? Have another look at the paragraph above, and then check out today’s lesson.

Notice means to become visually aware of something or someone, by using one’s eyes:

  • I noticed she had gotten her hair cut.
  • When I noticed she was tired, I suggested going back home.
  • I didn’t notice her even though she was sitting in front of me at the theater.

Realize means to understand a situation clearly, by using one’s mind and other senses.

  • I realized the building was on fire when I smelled the smoke.
  • I realized my mistake and apologized to her at once.
  • After several hours of trying to understand the problem, I realized it was too difficult for me to fix.

Recognize means to identify something or someone based on having previous experience with that thing or person:

  • Even though I haven’t seen her in five years, I recognized her right away at the airport.
  • Movie stars wear dark sunglasses so that nobody will recognize them.
  • I didn’t recognize my teacher because I saw her in the supermarket and she wasn’t wearing glasses.

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