Hey guys! Welcome back to [Best Pick]!
Every language has crazy things, that’s why learning new languages is fun but difficult. Today we are going to share with you 6 things that just don’t make sense in English.
So, let’s start with it.
1. a pair of undies V.S a bra
We wear on the bottom part of our bodies “a pair of undies”. “Undies” are slang for underwear or the thing you wear under your pants, they’re called underpants, too. For some reason, we wear “a pair of underwear”, which is plural, while we only have one body part that needs to be covered. However, a bra is singular even though we have two body parts to put in a bra.
2. inflammable V.S flammable
You have probably learned that in English if you have “in”, “un”, “anti”, “un” or “dis” before a word, it means not. So logically, “inflammable” must mean that something cannot catch fire, while as “flammable” must mean that something can catch fire. However, “inflammable” and “flammable” have the same meaning, they both refer to something that can catch fire and burn easily.
3. the alarm goes off
In English “off” means nothing happens or the stuff is finished. But if your alarm goes off, it actually means that your alarm starts to ring. So when you are waken up by the alarm, you may say: “Oh my god, the alarm’s going off!” Then you turn it off. Confusing, right?
4. a doctor’s or lawyer’s practice
The word “practice” often refers to an activity or training that we do regularly so that we can improve our skills. For example, it takes a lot of practice to speak English well. However, a “practice” can also be the work done by some professional people such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, or the place where they work. Here are some examples:
He hoped to get medical practice in this big city.
The new doctor’s practice was miles away from where I lived.
5. chicken fingers
Chicken fingers have nothing to do with chicken’s fingers. Chicken fingers are pieces of chicken that are breaded and fried. These strips of white meat are located on either side of the breastbone, under the breast meat.
6. park in a driveway V.S drive on a parkway
A driveway is a short private road that leads from a public road to a house or garage, and if you are the owner of the house, you can park your car in your driveway. A parkway is a wide road with trees and grass on both sides, and this time you drive on a parkway.
#1. Every morning at 7 a.m., my alarm clock goes
#2. After studying for many years, Dr. Smith was finally able to __________ medicine.
#3. I drove my car on __________ 59 on my way to work.
That’s all for today’s [Best Pick]. Does it make sense to you?
Notes: try to remember these words and expressions so that you can use them correctly, even if they are illogical…
See you next time!😘