Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Places with meanings

Let us see some places with their meanings.

Place: Meaning

  • Accra : Ant
  • Addis Ababa : New flower
  • Alaska : Great land
  • Annapurna : Abundant food
  • Australia : Southern land
  • Baghdad : Gift of god
  • Bethlehem : House of bread
  • Bihar : Monastery
  • Canada : Camp
  • Copenhagen : Merchant’s port
  • Costa Rica : Rich coast
  • Dar es Salaam : House of peace
  • Dublin : Black pool
  • Gangtok : Hill summit
  • Hawaii : Place of the gods
  • Kanchenjunga : Five treasures of snow
  • Kuala Lumpur : Mouth of the muddy river
  • Meghalaya : The Abode of clouds
  • Pacific : Calm
  • Sierra Leone : Lion mountains
  • Singapore : Lion city
  • Sri Lanka : Island of the blessed
  • Srinagar : City of happiness
  • Sudan : Land of the blacks
  • Tel Aviv : Hill spring
  • Texas : Friends
  • Thailand : Land of the free people
  • Tripoli : Three towns
  • Zimbabwe : House of stones

Sunday, September 27, 2009

More, less and fewer

The word ‘more’ is used to form the comparative of many adjectives and adverbs that have two or more syllables.

  • A more expensive travel.
  • A more beautiful place.

More is used as a quantifier.

  • Geetha spends more money.
  • Is there any more coffee?
  • She needs a bit more advice.

The opposite of ‘more’ is ‘fewer’ for countable nouns and ‘less’ for uncountable nouns.

  • Victor takes less exercise.
  • Anil eats fewer biscuits.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Salary, income, wage and pay

Salary is a fixed, regular payment for work.
It is the money received each month. It is often expressed as the total amount in a year.

Sara’s salary is Rs.1 Lakh per annum (Rupees one Lac per year).


Income is the total amount of money earned by working, from investments etc.

Reenu’s monthly income is Rs.20 000/-


Wage is the amount of money received everyday or week.

Ravi’s weekly wage is Rs.5000/-


Pay is a word generally used for the money received for working.

Seniors usually get more pay than juniors.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rise, raise, say, tell, ill and sick

Rise and raise, say and tell, ill and sick

Rise and raise

The price of oil is rising.
(The verb ‘rise’ is not followed by an object.)

The merchants are raising the price of oil.
(The verb ‘rise’ is followed by an object.)

Say and tell

‘Say’ refers to any type of speech.
He said, “Good morning”.

‘Tell’ is followed by the person receiving the information.
He told her to smile.

Ill and sick

I feel ill (British English)

I feel sick (American English)