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Other Ways to Say Give My Regards 👋🏻 [Formal & Informal]

Give my regards meaning

To ‘give [someone] your regards’ or ‘send [someone] your regards’ means to tell that person you say hello, in a formal way.

It shows you are passing on a positive attitude towards them, that you remembered them or that you’re sending them greetings.

When you give your regards, you always do this via another (third) person who is not there, so you tell them to give someone else your regards.

  • John: How is Anne? Please give her my regards.
  • Sally: Anne’s fine, I will.

[Later that day]

  • Sally: Hi Anne, I saw John earlier and he told me to give you his regards.
  • Anne: Oh! How is he? That’s nice that he thought of me.


  • Please tell your mother that I send my regards.
  • Give my regards to your teacher when you see her.
  • The boss sends his regards, along with this new timetable.

Regards in Emails

People often sign-off emails with ‘regards’ or ‘best regards’ and then their name. This is a perfectly acceptable, formal way of signing off an email. Other examples are:

  • Yours sincerely,
  • Sincerely,
  • Warm regards,

‘Give My Regards’ synonyms 


  • Send [someone] my best.
  • Send [someone] my best regards.
  • Send [someone] my greetings.
  • Give [someone] my best wishes.
  • Pass on my greetings to [someone].
  • My best to [someone].
  • All the best to [someone].
  • Send [someone] my compliments.

Less formal ways of saying ‘give my regards’

  • Tell [someone] I say hello.
  • Say hi to [someone] from me.

More intimate ways of saying ‘give my regards’

  • Send [someone] my love.

Be careful with:

  • ‘tell [someone] I send kisses’
  • give her a kiss from me

Unless you’re talking about family, ‘giving kisses’ isn’t used very much in English-speaking cultures (especially the UK), as the practice of greeting someone with two kisses isn’t widely used.

In lots of Latin countries, ‘giving kisses’ means to ‘greet’ or ‘say hello’, but in English-speaking cultures ‘giving a kiss’ is much more intimate and would only be used if the person speaking and the person passing on the greeting would both physically kiss the third person (which is unlikely).

Instead (and especially if you’re not sure) use:

  • ‘tell [someone] I say hello’

Sending greetings for specific reasons

Sending a sympathetic greeting to a third person

You may want to pass on a greeting to a third person that is sad, or going through a difficult situation, to let them know you’re thinking of them. If you want to pass on your sympathy, these options would be more appropriate:


  • Give [someone] my condolences
  • Please send [someone] my commiserations


  • Tell [someone] I’m sorry
  • Tell [someone] that I was sorry to hear that…
  • Tell [someone] I’m thinking of them
  • Tell [someone] I’m sending positive thoughts.
  • Tell [someone] to be strong!


  • Send [someone] a hug from me

Sending a congratulatory greeting to a third person

If you want to tell a third person that you’re happy for them, or for their success, you could say:


  • Please tell [someone] I’m sending many happy returns


  • Tell [someone] I’m pleased for them.
  • Tell [someone] I’m really happy for them.
  • Tell [someone] I was really pleased to hear about…
  • Congratulate [someone] for me!
  • Give [someone] my congratulations!
  • Give [someone] a pat on the back from me!

Sending a third person luck

If you want to tell a third person you’re wishing them luck, use:

  • Wish [someone] luck from me.
  • Wish [someone] the best of luck from me.
  • Tell [someone] I’ve got my fingers crossed for them.
  • Tell [someone] I’m hoping for the best!
  • Best of luck to [someone].
  • [To an actor/actress] Tell [someone] to break a leg!
  • Tell [someone] they’ll blow them away.
  • Tell [someone] I believe in them!
  • Tell [someone] that if anyone can do it, they can.
  • Tell [someone] they’ll be great!

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BE ALL EARS meaning 👂& Idioms with Ears 🌎

Be All Ears Meaning

To be all ears is an informal idiom, meaning ready to listen, or giving their full attention.

You usually use all ears when the person is very interested in what you are saying or is ready to give you their full attention.

All Ears Example Sentences

When someone is ready to give you their full attention:

  • Let me just finish tidying the table and I’ll be all ears.
  • I’m really sorry but I’m very busy today. Call me tomorrow and I promise I’ll be all ears.
  • The baby’s crying so I can’t hear you, but let me just see if I can put it to sleep and I’ll be all ears.

When someone is listening carefully / eagerly:

  • He was all ears as she told him the plans she’d been making for their holiday.
  • I’m all ears – tell me all about your date!!
  • Her friends were all ears as they gathered around her, waiting for her to spill the beans.
  • I’m always all ears when it comes to listening to you!
  • Tell me about your day. I’m all ears.

Used sarcastically, when someone isn’t actually interested in what you’re saying:

  • Are you listening to me? Yes, I’m all ears.
  • You weren’t listening to me yesterday, were you? What are you talking about? I was all ears.

All Ears Synonyms

When someone is ready to give you their full attention

  • To be paying attention
  • To be listening intently
  • To be giving you their undivided attention

When someone is listening carefully / eagerly

  • To hang onto every word
  • To be attentive
  • To be intent on
  • To concentrate
  • Enthralled
  • Fascinated
  • Focussed
  • Concentrating
  • Hooked
  • Immersed

idioms with ears

Other Idioms with Ears

To fall on deaf ears
To be ignored / not listened to

  • I told them this would happen, but every time I warn them something bad will happen, it falls on deaf ears.
  • My advice must have fallen on deaf ears yesterday – they haven’t followed any of it!

To be music to [someone’s] ears
Something the person is pleased to hear about

  • The praise for her new book was music to her ears.
  • The new yearly figures came in, and they were music to his ears.

To play it by ear
To deal with a situation as it happens / see how it goes

  • I don’t know how Grandma will react to the news, so we’ll just play it by ear.
  • We don’t have plans for the holidays so I think we’ll just play it by ear.

To grin from ear to ear
To smile a lot / look very happy

  • He walked in grinning from ear to ear, ready to give her the good news.
  • When she saw the present under the tree her eyes lit up and she grinned from ear to ear.

To keep an ear to the ground
To be attentive to a situation / to listen for any news

  • I’ll keep an ear to the ground to see if I hear anything about the new case.
  • I don’t know what’s going on with grandma and grandpa so I’ll keep an ear to the ground to see if I hear anything.

To lend an ear
To listen to someone with sympathy – similar to ‘lend a shoulder to cry on’ – lend an ear to listen

  • If you ever need someone to talk to I’m more than happy to lend an ear.
  • I’m lucky my mum’s always there to lend a sympathetic ear when I need to talk to someone.

To be out on your ear
To be thrown out – often of a workplace or home

  • If you don’t start working properly you’ll be out on your ear before you know it!
  • I should have tried harder to help out around the house. I didn’t do anything so I was out on my ear as soon as I turned 18.

To have [something] coming out of your ears
To have a lot of something

  • It’s apple picking season so we’ve been out in the fields and I’ve got apples coming out of my ears!
  • I’ve been studying French all morning so I’ve got verbs coming out of my ears!

I can’t believe my ears!
To be surprised / shocked by something you hear. Similar to ‘I can’t believe my eyes’ – being surprised by something you see.

  • Did you just thank me for something?! I can’t believe my ears!
  • You got a job?! I can’t believe my ears!

To go in one ear and out the other
To not remember something / not listen

  • I have to write everything down because if I tell them it’s in one ear and out the other.
  • It’s always the same with you. In one ear and out the other.

To make a pig’s ear of it
To do a very bad job of something / to ruin something completely

  • I always make a pig’s ear of apple pie. I don’t know why I keep trying.
  • I’ll let you do it yourself, but only if you promise not to make a pig’s ear of it.

To talk [someone’s] ear(s) off
To talk a lot without stopping, often about a particular subject. Used negatively.

  • Whenever I see her she talks my ears off about the job market.
  • Why were you so long at the shops? I met Mrs. Parler and she talked my ears off for over half an hour, I couldn’t get away!

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‘Tis The Season Meaning. Do you know what it means 100%? Sure about that?

‘tis the season meaning, examples and usage

‘tis the season meaning

christmas eve background‘tis the season is something people say at Christmas time. You can say ‘tis the season on it’s own, to mean:

  • ‘since it’s Christmas time, we should do this’
  • ‘since it’s Christmas time, we should make the most of it’
  • to agree with someone who says Christmas time is the right time to do certain activities.

It can also be used sarcastically by people who don’t like Christmas to mean ‘since it’s Christmas, I have to agree to do things I don’t want to do’.

  • Sally, we have to go Christmas shopping at the weekend or we won’t get our presents in time.
  • [sighs] ‘tis the season.


  • John, we should go ice-skating!
  • ‘tis the season!
  • I love Christmas, we can wrap up warm and walk around the Christmas markets!
  • ‘tis the season!

‘tis the season grammar

christmas backgroundYou can also make a full sentence out of ‘tis the season, by adding on specific Christmas activities to the end of the sentence:

  • ‘tis the season for mistletoe
  • ‘tis the season for wrapping presents
  • ‘tis the season for Home Alone and the Grinch
  • ‘tis the season for roasting chestnuts on an open fire
  • ‘tis the season for hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • ‘tis the season for twinkling lights, presents under the tree and a chill in the air
  • ‘tis the season for appreciating the people round you and showing them how much you care
  • ‘tis the season for wrapping up warm and playing in the snow
  • ‘tis the season for snuggling under a blanket to watch Christmas films
  • ‘tis the season for eating until you feel like you’re going to burst

Where does ‘tis the season’ come from?

‘tis the season song! lyrics

‘tis the season comes from a classic Christmas carol called Deck the Halls, which was written by Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant in 1862.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

‘tis comes from ‘it is’, and is a form of very old English. In the song, ‘tis the season to be jolly’ means ‘everyone should be happy at Christmas time’.

Deck the Halls full lyrics

Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Troul the ancient Christmas carol,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!

See the flowing bowl before us,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Follow me in merry measure,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
While I sing of beauty’s treasure,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Laughing, quaffing all together,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!

‘tis the season usage

all i want for christmas is you mariah careyEven though ‘tis the season is mostly used to talk about Christmas, nowadays it’s sometimes used to talk about any season / time of year and activities or traditions that are particularly related to that time of year.


  • ‘tis the season for ice creams on the beach
  • ‘tis the season for sunshine and
  • ‘tis the season for picnics in the park and swimming in the lake
  • ‘tis the season for slushies and riding bikes through the town
  • ‘tis the season for


  • ‘tis the season for leaves crackling as you walk down the pavement
  • ‘tis the season for a chill creeping into the air


  • ‘tis the season for pumpkins
  • ‘tis the season for sweets and chocolates until you burst!
  • ‘tis the season for dressing up and parties
  • ‘tis the season for scary stories and staying up late


  • ‘tis the season for chocolate eggs and bunnies
  • ‘tis the season for more chocolate than you can eat


  • ‘tis the season for spring cleaning
  • ‘tis the season for new life and warmer climates
  • ‘tis the season for flowers blooming
  • ‘tis the season for walks in the countryside
  • ‘tis the season for starting afresh and seeing everything in a new light

Seasons of love

‘Seasons on love’ is a song from the Broadway musical and film ‘Rent’. It should not be confused with the expression ‘tis the season. The song talks about ways in which you can measure life, and settles on the idea that life should be measured in love – seasons of love.

Seasons of love lyrics

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
Measure a year?
In daylights – in sunsets
In midnights – in cups of coffee
In inches – in miles
In laughter – in strife

In – five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?

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Then vs Than. 👍 Then meaning. Than meaning. Usage & Idioms

Then vs Than

Then is used to indicate time, whereas than is used to compare two things.

Then = time

  • A sequence of events / next / afterwards
  • At a specific time

Than = compare

  • Comparative adjective (bigger, smaller, older, younger) + than

Then meaning

  1. what time is itAt that time / at the time you’re talking about (in the past or future).
  • Don’t email me on Saturday, I’ll be in London then.
  • He’s always talking about the 80s, about how things were better then.

2. After that, then, afterwards, next.

  • He came in the front door then started shouting at me!
  • She played football then rugby.
  • Let me finish this page, and then I’ll put my book down.

Then usage

By then

The action you’re talking about will happen between now and a specified time in the future.

  • Call me on Tuesday; I should have news by then.
  • What will I be doing in 5 years’ time? By then I should have bought a car and been promoted!

Just then

At that exact time / suddenly.

  • Just then she pulled into the drive in her new car.
  • Just then the phone started ringing.

Back then

Used to describe specific habits / what life was like at a specified period of time in the past.

  • You should’ve grown up in the 70s – back then you’d never expect someone to drive you to school!
  • If you think about it we’ve come a long way since the year 2000. Back then hardly anyone had a smart phone! 

And then some

And more / and plenty more than that / and a lot more – especially when it’s more than is expected.

  • He paid me what he owed me and then some!
  • She did all the work the boss asked her to do and then some – she was here all night!

Then idioms

From then on

thank you teacher

From a specific time in the past to now /an unspecified time in the future – usually permanently.

  • She got promoted and from then on she wouldn’t talk to me any more.
  • I pulled a muscle playing football and haven’t been able to run from then on.

Then and there

Immediately – at that time and in that place – usually something surprising.

  • When she found out her favourite brand was opposed to fair trade she stopped in the middle of the shopping centre and started taking her clothes off then and there.
  • I told him he was addicted to his phone so he threw it away then and there.

Every now and then

Sometimes, not often.

  • I see her every now and then, but we never speak to each other.
  • Every now and then I’ll pop into the shop around the corner to check if they have my favourite cereal in, but they never do.

Then again

On second thoughts, in contrast, on the other hand.

  • She said she’d be here, but then again she always says that and she never comes.
  • I thought I’d be richer by now, but then again, I keep spending my money on expensive things so it makes sense that I’m not!

Than meaning

If you want to compare two things, you need to use the comparative adjective + than.

  • versusI’m older than my sister.
  • My sister is taller than my mum.
  • My mum is younger than Theresa May.
  • Theresa May is richer than me.
  • England is smaller than the USA.
  • Portugal is further away than Spain.
  • Astrophysics is more difficult than A-level physics.


Than is also used with verbs in the past tense (especially the past perfect) to say one action happened immediately after another.

However, this usage is very uncommon, and only with adverbial phrases, so usually, when you’re talking about a sequence of events or time, you should use then.

  • No sooner had she sat down than the cat was in her lap and purring.
  • Hardly had they got a cat than their mouse problem was solved. 

Than usage

Other (than)

Meaning besides, apart from, except for, only:

  • Other than me, there was no one there.
  • I didn’t want to do anything other than lie in bed and watch Netflix.

Meaning in addition to:

  • Have you read any books other than Harry Potter?
  • Are you studying any languages other than French?

Rather (than)

Something is done in place of/ instead of something else:

  • For lunch, I eat out rather than cook at home.
  • Rather than taking the car to the garage, I fixed it myself.
  • Why don’t you help rather than just standing there watching?

More (than)

Greater in extent or degree:

  • It cost a lot more than I was expecting it to.
  • It always takes more energy than I expect to get out of bed.

Less (than)

Smaller in extent or degree:

  • It surely takes less than 40 minutes for you to get home from here?

Only a small amount or not at all:

  • He was less than proficient in English.

No less of a ______(than)

Not any less of a degree of:

  • He was no less of a man than his father, even though his father would say otherwise.

Than idioms

Actions speak louder than words

Proverbs about FriendshipWhat someone does is a lot more important than what they say.

  • Person 1: He said he loves me, but he went out with his friends on my birthday instead of spending time with me.
  • Person 2: You know what they say – actions speak louder than words… I think you should break up with him.

More than ever

More now than ever before.

  • Since I saw that documentary on the USA I want to go there more than ever!

Eyes bigger than your stomach

You think you can eat more than you actually manage to.

  • Person 1: I always leave a plate full of food behind when I go to an all-you-can-eat restaurant – it’s terrible!
  • Person 2: You know what your problem is – your eyes are bigger than your stomach!

Rather you than me

I wouldn’t like to switch places with you / I don’t envy you.

  • Person 1: I have to walk home in the snow now.
  • Person 2: Rather you than me!

Can’t see further than the end of your nose

To be selfish / self-involved / so wrapped up in your own problems you can’t see anyone else’s.

  • I tried to talk to her about the problems I’m having with my family at the moment but it was a waste of time – she didn’t listen at all then started talking about herself. She can’t see past the end of her own nose.

A fate worse than death

Overdramatic reaction to an unpleasant situation.

  • He invited me to go out with his friends on Saturday but listening to them talk about football for 6 hours would be a fate worse than death.

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21 Idioms with BIG 😃 you can use in different situations

Idioms with big

Idioms with big:

To be an important / successful person

To be a big deal

To be an important / famous person, especially in a specific location / area of work.

  • I hear she’s a big deal in Biochemical engineering nowadays.
  • That’s her! She’s a big deal in local politics.

big cheese idiom examples

To be the big cheese

Very informal. To be an important / influential person, especially in an area of work / company. ‘The big cheese’ is often used to talk about the boss or manager.

  • He’s the big cheese at Google.
  • She’s the big cheese of the HR department.

To be a big shot

An important, successful or influential person. However, ‘big shot’ can have negative connotations and is often used sarcastically.

  • I haven’t seen you in a while. I heard you became a big shot in the city. I’m surprised you still have time for us.
  • Alright big shot, don’t spend all your millions all in one go.

To be a big fish in a small pond

Someone who is very successful but only in a very limited area, and only because there isn’t much competition.

  • She likes being a big fish in a small pond because then she knows she’ll do well.
  • If he went to London he wouldn’t think quite so highly of himself. Here he’s a big fish in a small pond.

To become successful

To make the big time

To become successful in something you do – often earning a lot of money.

  • When he made the big time he took everyone to the most expensive restaurant in town to celebrate.
  • Most people don’t make the big time until they’ve been working for at least 20 years.

other ways to say successful, ahead of the curve, ahead of the pack, get something off the groundTo make it big

To become successful in something you do – often earning a lot of money.

  • She made it big on Broadway back in 2007 and has never looked back.
  • His dream is to make it big so that he can pay off his mortgage and live debt-free.

Play in the big leagues

Comes from sport – to play at the highest level. To be involved in something important or of big proportions. Often used in business when someone is promoted or starts doing work that has a bigger impact.

  • She’s been promoted to regional manager. She’s playing in the big leagues now!
  • You have to work much harder than that if you want to play in the big leagues.

Big break

An opportunity or turn of events that leads to success. A big break is often used for people involved in the arts (artists, actors etc.), to talk about one specific opportunity that led to their work being recognised and to them being successful.

  • She had her big break in 2009 and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since!
  • Her big break was something she never expected – an independent film with a small budget.

Top 10 Success Idioms

Positive idioms with big

be positiveThink big

To be ambitious.

  • You have to think big to achieve great things.
  • Thinking big is the key to accomplishing your biggest goals.
  • She thinks big. She’ll go far.

To be big hearted

Adjective used to describe an aspect of a person’s personality. If someone is big hearted they are kind, caring and compassionate.

  • My mum’s too big hearted for her own good. She’s always helping people – even if she can’t really afford to!
  • I’ve never met someone quite as big hearted as you. You’re really special.

Negative idioms with big

To have bigger fish to fry

To be worried about more important or more urgent problems.

  • I know you’ve misbehaved but I can’t deal with you right now. There’s a burst water pipe in the kitchen and I can’t find your brother. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
  • She didn’t worry about the bad press her campaign was getting, after all, she had bigger fish to fry.

Be big of (someone)

If an action is big of someone, it’s good, kind or helpful. However, this idiom is usually used sarcastically when the person using it thinks that the other person could do a lot more.

  • It was really big of you to spare a whole minute for me yesterday.
  • You haven’t even called her yet to see how she’s doing? That’s big of you.

NegativeTo be big headed

To be conceited or arrogant. Used as an adjective to describe a person’s personality.

  • He’s so big headed. All he talks about is himself.
  • She’s not big headed, but she often comes across that way to new people she meets.

To give someone a big head

To praise someone so much that they start thinking very highly of themselves.

  • Don’t tell him he’s good-looking. You’ll give him a big head.
  • You’ll give her a big head with all those compliments! She won’t even be able to fit through the door by the time you’re done!

Getting too big for your boots

Behaving as if you are more important than you actually are. Acting like you’re better than other people. Having a very high opinion of yourself. Used negatively.

  • Have you seen Sarah lately? Since she got promoted she’s been getting far too big for her boots.
  • Alright, stop it. You’re getting far too big for your boots and I’ve had enough!

To be a big mouth

Adjective used to describe an aspect of a person’s personality. It means they tell people things they shouldn’t, for example secrets.

  • Don’t tell Josh about your promotion. You know he’s a big mouth and everyone will know by lunch time.
  • Don’t be such a big mouth! Can’t you keep a secret for once in your life?

Other idioms with big

To see the big picture

To focus on the most important parts of a situation, rather than the smaller details.

  • In my line of work I really need to focus on the big picture or it won’t all fit together at the end.
  • Is anyone seeing the big picture around here? If we don’t start focussing now we’ll never get this project delivered on time!

bathroom vocabulary picture, take a shower:bath, have a shower:bath, have a washTo be big on (something)

To be interested in something, to enjoy something a lot or to think something is particularly important.

  • Make sure you say please and thank you and call her Mrs Jones. She’s big on politeness.
  • He’s not big on hugs so don’t be surprised if all he does is shake your hand.

A big ask

Informal. To ask someone to do something for you or for a favour that is difficult, time consuming or inconvenient for the person you’re asking. ‘A big ask’ can also be used sarcastically, if the person thinks they have asked for something easy but that hasn’t been done.

  • I know it’s a big ask, but is there any chance you could pick Charlie up from school for me today?
  • Is it really a big ask for us to have lunch together once every couple of months?

To make a big deal (of something)

To exaggerate a situation, put a lot of focus on something or someone or build up the importance of something.

  • Please don’t make a big deal out of this, but I forgot to buy milk at the shops.
  • Let’s all try to make a big deal of her today, she’s worked really hard and she really deserves it.

Big time

Informal. A lot or to a great extent. Used to emphasise an action.

  • You owe me big time for that favour I did you last week.
  • He needs to apologise big time for what he’s done to me.

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Back to the Drawing Board meaning 🎨📋 [idiom]

Back to the drawing board means: to go back and start again because it didn’t work last time.

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Tough vs Strong 💪

Tough means that you don’t have to be careful with something. A truck is tough.

Strong means something is powerful. Something the can influence other objects.

11 Most Common Collocations with Strong

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Whereas Definition & Whereas Synonyms: but – and – while 🥰

whereas definition

Whereas is usually used for comparing the features of two different things, when there is an important difference between them.

Whereas can be used when comparing anything: people, objects, places, actions etc.

You can use it in a sentence in two ways:

versusAs a conjunction, to join two sentences together when there are 2 different subjects:

  • I like beer whereas she likes wine.
  • I’m good at snowboarding whereas she’s good at skiing.

ms vs mrsAs a conjunction, at the start of a sentence where you are comparing 2 different things:

  • Whereas I like blue, she likes green.
  • Whereas smaller shops often have more expensive products, larger supermarkets can often put their prices down.

Whereas used in a legal context

legal terms, judge, jailWhereas can also be used for legal purposes, in the preamble (introduction) of a legal text, usually a contract.

This is called a ‘whereas clause’, and ‘whereas’ is used as an introductory word – it isn’t used to compare things. Instead, it means “considering that” or “given the fact that”.

The ‘whereas clause’ isn’t a legal part of the contract’s operative provisions – it simply ‘paints the picture’ or ‘sets the stage’, it gives an introduction to the situation.

Examples of whereas used in a legal context:

  • Whereas party 1 has made allegations against party 2 that party 2 recklessly, negligently and/or fraudulently misrepresented and omitted material facts.
  • Whereas party 1 is a dissolved corporation with a formal principal place of business in London.

Whereas synonyms (non-legal sense)

Since whereas is used as a conjunction, joining two ideas together in one sentence, it can often be replaced with other conjunctions.

Whereas Vs. While Vs. But Vs. And

While (when while is not used to signal time)

‘While’ is used in the same way as ‘whereas’ in a sentence, but only when ‘while’ is not used to mean “during the time that something else happens”.

That means that you can replace ‘whereas’ with ‘while’ when it is used as a conjunction, but only when it is used at the start of a sentence:

  • While I work in accounting, she works in the sales department.
  • While I prefer going to the beach, I know a lot of people would rather spend their holidays in colder places.


BUTBut is also used to connect clauses or sentences, however, unlike ‘and’, it is used to signal a difference between two different ideas.

The main difference between ‘but’ and ‘whereas’, is that ‘but’ is used to signal a difference (or negative aspect), whereas ‘whereas’ is used to compare two things that are different. They can be interchanged in certain situations, for example:

  • I like pasta but / whereas she likes pizza.

However, in other examples, but is used to present either the opposite of the original idea, or something negative about the original idea:

  • I like that restaurant but it’s a bit expensive.
  • She looked tired but happy.

In these examples, when there is only one subject in the sentence, but can’t be replaced with whereas.


‘And’ is used to connect words, clauses or sentences that should be considered together.

You can replace ‘whereas’ with ‘and’ when it is used in the middle of a sentence to compare two ideas that oppose one another (are different / contracting), and the meaning of the sentence won’t change much.

However, using ‘and’ instead of ‘whereas’ means the ideas are simply being stated, rather than compared.

  • I like chicken and she likes fish.
  • I’m really good at running and he’s really good at swimming.

How to use BUT?

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100+ Words of Encouragement 🙌😃❤️ Other ways to say Well Done!

Other ways to say Well Done / Words of Encouragement

  • Great job!
  • That’s great!
  • Bravo!
  • Way to go!
  • Amazing!
  • Superb!
  • Brilliant!
  • Perfect!
  • Perfectly done.
  • You’re a genius.
  • Great!
  • Outstanding!
  • Really great!
  • Excellent work!
  • You’ve mastered it!
  • Super job!
  • You’ve done so well!
  • You’re a natural!
  • You’re a star!
  • Tremendous!
  • I’m impressed!
  • You’ve got this!
  • You make it look easy!
  • You rock!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • I knew you could do it!
  • I couldn’t have done it better myself.
  • That’s the way to do it!

Encouraging phrases for kids

Words of Encouragement for Kids

  • I’m so proud of you.
  • You’ve done so well.
  • I knew you could do it!
  • You’ve done yourself proud.
  • You’re getting better every day.
  • How did you get so good at that?
  • Good girl / boy.
  • You must have been practicing.
  • Who taught you that?
  • How did you learn to do that?
  • I’m so impressed!
  • I didn’t know you could do that!

Encouraging phrases for students

If they’re doing well, and you want them to carry on:

  • Well done!
  • Great work!
  • Good job!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • You’ve really got this!
  • I’m really impressed with your progress.
  • You’ve been doing excellent work.
  • You’ve come such a long way!

If they’re struggling but you don’t want them to feel demotivated:

  • Hang in there.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Keep going.
  • You can do it!
  • This is really hard, but you’re doing really well.
  • It’s really great that you’re still trying.
  • Keep working on it, you’re improving.
  • Keep going, you’re almost there.
  • You’re getting better and better.
  • You’re on track!
  • You’ve done really well so far, don’t give up now!
  • Everyone was a beginner once, but it’s the people who keep going who become experts.
  • Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try – you’ve already done half the work just by keeping on trying.
  • Mistakes are proof you’re trying.
  • A little progress each day adds up to big results.
  • Remember where you were last month, and last year. Look at how far you’ve come.

If they haven’t started something yet, and you want to encourage them to try:

  • Give it a try!
  • Go for it!
  • It’s worth a shot!
  • You can do this!
  • What are you waiting for?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • Believe in yourself because I believe in you.
  • You won’t know until you try.
  • The first step is always the hardest.
  • If you make mistakes, all the better – that’s how you learn!
  • This is only your first try. No one gets it right first time, but you have to start to get better.
  • It may not be perfect this time, but next time it will be better.
  • No one’s perfect so I never expect perfection.
  • No one’s judging you.

Words of encouragement for a Friend

To show they have your support:

  • I’m here for you.
  • I’ve got your back.
  • Whatever happens, I’ll support you.
  • I’m behind you 100%.
  • You can always count on me.
  • Call me whenever you need anything.
  • Count on my support.
  • Lean on me if you need to.
  • You’re doing a great job at life – keep going.
  • I’m still cheering for you.

To encourage them to do something they’re scared to do:

  • Follow your dreams.
  • I believe in you.
  • Reach for the stars.
  • The sky is the limit.
  • If anyone can do it, you can.
  • You’re the only person who knows exactly what your potential is.
  • You’ve already proved yourself.
  • No one can hold you back more than yourself.
  • You’ll never know until you try.
  • You’ve got this.
  • Believe in yourself, because I believe in you.
  • You inspire me.
  • Look how far you’ve already come. Imagine looking back in a few years and seeing how far you’ll have gone by then.
  • Take it one day at a time. Small achievements every day will lead to one big achievement in a little while.

Encouraging phrases for Work

To thank your co-workers for their hard work:

  • You inspire me.
  • If everyone worked like you we’d all be millionaires by now!
  • I don’t know what we’d do without you.
  • You’re a gem!
  • You’re a diamond!
  • I couldn’t have asked for a better co-worker.
  • I’ve seen how hard you’ve been working, and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate it.
  • You make this company a better place.

To raise moral during a difficult period:

  • This is a tough time, but we can’t give up now.
  • It’s been really hard recently, but your hard work will pay off.
  • We’re working towards something that will really make a difference. Focus on that.
  • You’re all doing so well. I couldn’t ask for better co-workers.
  • We’re almost where we need to be and that’s thanks to you.
  • We couldn’t have come this far without each and every one of you, and we can’t give up now.
  • We’re on track for success, we just have to keep going.

Encouraging phrases for employees

If they’re already doing well:

  • This team only works because each element of the team works. Well done to each and every one of you.
  • I couldn’t be more impressed with the work you’ve been doing.
  • I couldn’t have chosen better people to work with.
  • Look how far you’ve come in such a short space of time. Well done.
  • I want to thank you for the hard work you’ve been putting in recently.
  • Your hard work is really paying off!
  • You’ve been making a really significant contribution to the work we’ve been doing here.
  • You’ve done me proud with the work you’ve been doing.

If they need to do better:

  • If we make a few improvements, we could really make a difference.
  • We’re not far from success, so if each person gives a little bit more, we’ll get there.
  • We’ve come so far, but we still have a long way to go so I really need each one of you to give it your all.
  • I’m so impressed by your dedication, and we’re on the right path, but we need to improve in a few areas.
  • Let’s talk about what I can do to help you work better.
  • We’re almost there but we need to tweak a few details to make the most of what we’ve got.
  • You’re doing really well but I think you could do even better.
  • Show us what you’ve got. Prove to yourself that you can do it.
  • I think you’ve got more to give.
  • We’ve been underestimating you, and for that, I apologise. But you need to give us more.

How to Encourage Someone to do something?

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Meaning of Around the Clock ⏱[Idiom] & Synonyms ⚖️

meaning of around the clock“Around the clock” is a lovely visual idiom – you can even picture the hands of the clock spinning around the clock face as you say it!

The hands are spinning around and around, hour after hour – the actual time doesn’t matter because whatever’s happening will keep happening at any time of the day or night.

If something is happening around the clock, it doesn’t stop.

Meaning of Around the clock / Round the clock

Used as an adjective

Happening, lasting or continuing constantly for a significant period of time (at least a few days), or 24/7.


Used as an adverb (Figurative)

Working hard, often for very long hours

working hard

Around the Clock Usage

Around the clock is often used figuratively to describe someone working hard / doing something difficult – working around the clock to achieve something.

It’s often used for:

  • Doctors/ nurses
  • First responders
  • Factory workers (at Christmas, for example)
  • Detectives
  • People giving aid during a disaster
  • Anyone with a short deadline

Example sentences:

  • Doctors worked around the clock to resuscitate her.
  • First responders have been working around the clock to help survivors of the disaster.


When used as an adjective, around-the-clock is used to describe someone’s circumstances, usually when they’re ill or pose a threat to other people:

  • She needed round-the-clock care when she was in hospital.
  • They had round-the-clock surveillance to make sure they didn’t escape.

To say facilities are open 24/7

  • A new round the clock mental health unit

It can also be used for TV that’s on 24 hours a day

  • Round-the-clock coverage of the storm
  • A round-the-clock news network

Round the clock synonyms



  • She worked relentlessly to make sure he was proved innocent.

Without giving up. Usually used when someone is doing something extremely difficult, and does not stop until the job is done.


  • He drove endlessly down country lanes looking for her house.

Doing something for so long that it seems like it will never end. The word ‘endlessly’ focuses more on a feeling of never finishing, rather than a real amount of time something lasted for.


  • She worked non-stop to get her essay finished on-time.

Implies hard work for long hours.

Without stopping

  • He worked all week without stopping

Used literally when there are no emotions involved. Usually a period of time has to be established for how long the person didn’t stop.


  • She ran continuously for 15km.

Without interruption, gaps or stopping.

Constantly / incessantly

  • He was constantly looking at her across the room.
  • She texted him incessantly for weeks.

Continuously over a period of time. Both of these words can be used for something that happens many times within a specific timeframe, or for something that doesn’t stop. If used to describe someone’s actions it has a negative connotation – they are often annoying or unpleasant actions.



  • The café served burgers 24/7.


  • The shop was open day-and-night.

At all times

  • The guards were on duty at all times to make sure no one got in or out.


  • The hospital offers an uninterrupted phone service for patients.


  • The hospice gives its patients constant care and attention.

Other Idioms with CLOCK

Turn back the clock

To go back in time.

  • If I could turn back the clock, I would never have spent that summer in Japan.

Clock in

To arrive at work (usually used when the person has to stamp the time they arrived on a timecard)

  • He clocked in at exactly 8:05. If he’d been one minute later he would have been in trouble.

The clock is ticking

Time is running out/ there is only a limited amount of time for someone to do something

  • The clock was ticking for her to decide if she wanted the job or not.

Against the clock

To have a very limited amount of time to do something – usually used when it is almost impossible to get the task done in such a limited amount of time.

  • He worked against the clock to get her proved innocent.

A Visual List of 100 English IDIOMS FOR TIME with Examples

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Take Heart Meaning ❤️ Take Heart vs Take To Heart 💡

take heart meaningThe idiomatic phrase take heart can be as confusing as many phrasal verbs, as you couldn’t possibly guess the meaning by knowing the meaning of the two words separately.

If you take heart in or from something, you are encouraged by it, it makes you feel positive about something.

Example sentences:

  • Investors took heart from stock performances.
  • Manchester United fans will take heart from the way the team played this season.
  • People who feel unsure about taking up a new sport should take heart in the fact that research shows that doing

Take heart synonyms:

1. Be encouraged
To do something new.

  • Although some studies say otherwise, people should be encouraged by the newest survey done by the University, which proved conclusively that…

2. Take comfort
That something will work out / that it’s okay that something didn’t work out.

  • Even though they never saw each other again, Paul took comfort in the idea that Lisa was where she wanted to be.

3. Cheer up
To improve someone’s mood.

  • She cheered up as soon as the rain stopped and the sun came out.

4. Perk up
To take interest / improve someone’s mood.

  • The dog perked up at the sound of the front door opening.

5. Brighten
To become happier or more cheerful.

  • She brightened as she heard her favourite song come on the radio.

6. Be heartened
To feel happier or more positive about a situation.

  • She was heartened by the look the little girl gave her. It meant she was okay, and at least she was safe now.

19 Most Common Phrasal Verbs with Take!


Take heart vs Take (something) to heart

take heartAlthough the words in the idiomatic expression ‘to take heart from (something)’ are the same as those in ‘to take (something) to heart’, be careful! These two expressions have completely different meanings and should definitely not be mistaken for one another!

To take (something) to heart means to take something seriously, to really listen to advice, or to really be affected by something someone else says or does.

Take (something) to heart meanings

1. To take something seriously

  • He listened carefully and took all her notes to heart.

2. To live according to (advice)

  • She really took it to heart when her brother said her drinking was harming her.

3. To be deeply affected by something

  • I know you take all criticism to heart, but I think you should let it go.

Take (something) to heart Synonyms

1. Listen: to pay attention to a sound.

2. Obey: follow instructions, orders, commands, requests or wishes.

3. Give thought to: to consider, think about or reflect upon something – usually because it affected us deeply

4. Accept (criticism): if you accept criticism, you are open to the ideas that someone else is sharing with you, about you or your work, even if they are negative. You take their opinion seriously and respect it.

5. Heed (advice): to act on / follow advice.

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