Smart words and phrases in English

subject verb agreement

1. Persevere (verb)Meaning- Keep at; work hard; लगातार जारी रखनाex-The treatment is painful but I’m going to persevere with it.

2. Modicum (noun)Meaning- Small amount, कम, थोड़ाex- A modicum of success

3. Certitude (noun)Meaning- Surenessex- Unfortunately, the witness could not describe her attacker’s face with certitude.

4. Malodorous (adjective)Meaning- Smelling very unpleasant, अप्रिय गंधex-The malodorous aroma filled the room, causing people to leave.

5. Glee (noun)Meaning- Extreme happiness, प्रसन्नताex- She couldn’t hide her glee when her rival came last in the race. 

6. Alternative (noun)

Meaning – An additional choice; a possible remaining choice

ex-The alternative was to take the bus.

7. Ubiquitous (adjective)

Meaning – existing or being everywhere

ex- Her ubiquitous influence was felt by all the crew members.

      Local tea stalls are ubiquitous in my city.

8.  cumbersome (adjective)   

Meaning- difficult or burdensome

ex- Shifting my furniture to another room was really cumbersome.

9. Facetious (adjective)

Meaning – not meant to be taken seriously

ex- Don’t listen to him, he’s being facetious.

10. Glutton (noun)

Meaning – an excessively greedy eater. 

ex- You’ve eaten the whole pie, you glutton! ; Nisha is glutton for books; She’s glutton for her work.

11. Cherish: Protect and career- He needed a woman he could cherish.

12. Flabby: Loose and fleshy- This exercise helps to tighten a flabby stomach.

13. Linchpin: a key person- Mahatma Gadhi was the linchpin of the freedom struggle.

14. Lucrative: Profitable ex- A lucrative career as a stand-up comedian.

15.Inevitable: has to happen- Death is inevitable.

16. Reverberance:

The quality of being resonant;
Having the character of a loud deep sound.

17. Subtle:

(Especially of a change or distinction)
So delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe.

Ex- his language expresses rich and subtle meaning.

18. Lay off:

Give up or stop doing something.

Ex-  I laid off smoking for seven years.

Lay off = give up = stop = refrain from = abstain from = not continue = desist from

19.  Vulnerable:

Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physical or emotional.

Ex- she was vulnerable in a fix.

20. Indignation:

Anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

Ex- the letter filled me with indignation.


1. Party pooper– The one who spoils the party 

ex- I hate to be a party pooper, but I’ve got to catch the last train.

2. Fair-weather friend –  a person whose friendship cannot be relied on in times of difficulty.  

ex- Seema turned out to be my fair-weather friend.

3. Full of beans – energetic

ex-  He was laughing and shouting and generally full of beans.

4. Hit the sack – go to the bed – to sleep

ex-I’ve got to get up early tomorrow, so I’m going to hit the sack.

5. Break the ice– Break the silence

ex- After a long silence, his remarks helped to break the ice.

10 Phrases for Agreeing 👍👍

1. Exactly.
2. Absolutely.
3. That’s so true.
4. That’s for sure.
5. I agree 100%
6. I couldn’t agree with you more.
7. That’s exactly what I think. / That’s exactly how I feel.
8. (informal) Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!
9. (informal) I’ll say!
10. I suppose so.
(use this phrase for weak agreement – you agree, but reluctantly)

Note: Avoid the common error of saying “I’m agree” – the correct phrase is “I agree” or
“I’m in agreement” – the second one is more formal.

10 Phrases for Disagreeing 👎👎

1. I don’t think so.
2. I beg to differ.
3. I’m afraid I don’t agree.
4. I’m not so sure about that.
5. That’s not how I see it.
6. Not necessarily.
7. Yes, but… [say your opinion]
8. On the contrary.
9. (very informal) No way!
10.(very strong) I totally disagree.