In this context, prove means, turns out to be. Undoing means
ruin, disaster. So if something proves to be someone's undoing, it
means that this thing, whatever it is (a life of crime, drug
addiction, compulsive gambling, etc.) has ruined someone's life.
Heroin addiction proved to be Frank's undoing.
1. READ TO YOUR CHILD
Children whose parents (or any significant adults) read to them
are always better students than those who are not read to. Reading
to your child exposes him/her to vocabulary, sentence structure,
communication skills, and logic. Reading to them shares the joy of
reading and storytelling. Reading to them also gives you quality
time together, which strengthens your child-parent bond.
2. Encourage your child to read
Provide plenty of reading material that will interest your child
- either buy books...
'Emphasis through position' means giving importance to certain
words in your sentence by where you place them within that
'She likes cats best, then rabbits and hamsters.' There is no
special emphasis here.
'Cats are what she likes best, then rabbits and hamsters.' Here
the word 'cats' is emphasised by being placed first, out of the
normal word order.
A person who collects shoes as a hobbyist, shoes not to be worn
but to illustrate the history, variety, or culture of shoes, would
be called a 'shoe collector'.
A person who collects shoes because they have a pathological
addiction to acquiring shoes would be a 'shoe addict'.
Use it! And one good start is to read and participate in forums
such as this on the internet. Find a group of people that are
interested in something you are interested in, say martial arts or
the works of Tolkien or Bollywood. Find forums on the internet on
that topic and join in! You will learn a great deal, get more
comfortable with the language and make new friends. And most of
them will be very understanding if they know...
This 1820s Americanism represents the noun usage
of the present participle of the French word
So 'restaurant' IS the full form of the word, here in America.
Persons in and from other countries may use it differently.
It is correct to say "Nice speaking to you" after a
conversation. "Nice talking with you" is also okay, and perhaps
slightly more idiomatic.
The expression is short for "It was nice speaking to you", and
this, in turn, comes from "Speaking to you was nice" by the
grammatical process of extraposition, which substitutes "it" for a
complicated sentence subject and moves the original subject to the
That is to say, we begin with a subject "speaking to you" of the
1. a. A young goat. b. The young of a similar animal, such as an
antelope. 2. a. The flesh of a young goat. b. Leather made from the
skin of a young goat; kidskin. c. An article made from this
leather. 3. Informal a. A child. b. A young person. 4. Slang Pal.
Used as a term of familiar address, especially for a young person:
Hi, kid! What's up?
it means like your kidding around...duh Have someone on, jest,
A person with many interests and with resulting depth of
knowledge in a wide variety of subjects is called a
The term 'hobby' simply describes something you do for
pleasure on a regular basis when you aren't working at your normal
job: something you enjoy doing but aren't being paid to do.
Inevitably, a hobbyist learns a great deal about their hobby or
hobbies in the process of devoting time to them. A hobby might
involve anything from studying ancient Greek (provided...
In this context the verb 'right' means 'to set right', to
restore to a correct, frequently upright, position.
'The vessel was listing to starboard; the crew needed to right
'We were close to capsizing, but were able to right the ship in
This answer leaves out the fact that the expression is often
used in a metaphorical sense. For example:
"Todd's life had been a downward spiral of drug abuse, until he
made a concerted effort to right the ship."
It means people won't mess with you in that specified
In a legal sense, it refers to a situation where you are immune
from liability. For example, if you withhold taxes from your
paycheck equal to what you owed last year, then you are in a "safe
harbor" from estimated tax penalties, even if you underpay.