Famous pairs are words that go together to form a greater meaning that the parts imply. Have you ever gone to the gym, off and on? Or on and off, that one you can turn around. It means that you occasionally went to the gym but you weren’t consistent. Now and then is another famous pair. I like to go out every now and then, but it can’t be turned around. You can’t say I like to go out every then and now. It’s absurd, so I will tell you which famous pair you can turn with an arrow showing it can be flipped. For flashes of wit in conversations and emails, use these famous pairs. They are effortless light-hearted expressions you can use to make a conversation sound less serious and more packed with information than perhaps it is.
“We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” Robert Wilensky said.
Don't worry about being one of those monkeys typing away as long as you are committed to using these famous pairs, you will be part of an American institution, not a mental institution. There is a difference; although, I have to admit in the U.S. the difference is getting smaller and smaller.
Word pairs are a fun way to expand your vocabulary. Here are the answers to the quiz: 1. bright and early, 2. live and let live, 3. yes and no, 4. so and so, 5. comes and goes, 6. then and there, 7. off and on, 8. this and that, 9. once and for all, 10. dos and don'ts. That's it for this lesson. I hope you enjoyed it.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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