Advancing Vocabulary Skills by Sherrie L. Nist

By Sherrie L. Nist

Introduces three hundred crucial phrases and note components which are wanted for basic examining comprehension in highschool and school.

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A: arbitrary, clear, definite, distinct, extensive, narrow, natural, rigid, state ~ BRAIN A: acute, agile, fine, good, excellent, first-class, quick, superb ~ P: tax one's, use one's ~; is the brains behind sth, has got brains, pick (your) brains, rack (your) brains BRAND A: best-selling, popular ~ P: ~ awareness, image, leader, loyalty, management, manager, war BREACH (of relations) V: cause, heal, lead to, make up ~ A: sudden, total ~ BREAKDOWN V: cause, end in, lead to, patch up, prevent, result in ~ A: complete, inevitable, nervous, partial, rapid, regrettable, sudden, surprising, temporary, unfortunate, total ~ BREAKTHROUGH V: achieve, bring about, lead to, mark, reach ~ V: ~ was made, came about A: major, medical, scientific, significant, spectacular ~ BREATH V: catch/hold/save/waste (your) ~, draw, get (your) ~ back, say sth under (your) ~ A: deep, long, shallow ~ P: with bated ~; a ~ of fresh air, it took (my) ~ away BREATHING A: (barely) audible, heavy, irregular, laboured, rapid, regular, shallow, slow, soft, uneven ~ P: ~ difficulties, problems BRIDGE V: build, construct, cross, demolish, design, destroy, erect, pull down, put up ~ V: ~ was blown down (by the wind), was blown up (by a bomb), was washed away, carries the (main road), collapsed, crosses ....

Joins ... with .... spans the (Rhine) BRINK V: balance on, come to, cross, get near, go over, hover on, teeter on ~ BUDGET V: announce, balance, draw up, exceed, increase, introduce, keep to/within, operate within, overstep, overstretch, pass, reduce, set oneself, tighten, vote on ~ A: annual, expansionary, fixed, generous, harsh, interim, low, modest, monthly rigid tight ~ BUILDING V: alter, blow up, (re)build, construct, convert, damage, demolish, design, erect, flatten, gut, inspect, knock down, look after, look over, maintain, occupy, pull down, put up, refurbish, renovate, repair, restore, shore up, survey ~ V: ~ collapsed, is deteriorating, fell down, fell into ruin, houses ....

Discussed .... drew up a report, met, recommended .... reported back, studied .... suggested .... are taking steps to .... urged ... A: ad hoc, advisory, consultative, executive, influential, inter-departmental, joint, mixed, organising, parliamentary, special, top-level ~ COMMUNICATION V: break off, cut, ease, enter into, establish, get into, hamper, have, improve, interrupt, keep in, lack, maintain, restore, sever, stop ~ V: ~ broke down P: breakdown in, means of, speeding up of ~ COMMUNITY V: belong to, establish, form, found, join, reform, represent, revitalise, serve, set up, stabilise ~ A: balanced, close, closed, close-knit, exclusive, flourishing, international, local, native, primitive, scattered, self-reliant, tightly-knit, vigorous, worldwide ~ P: access to, membership of, pillar of ~ COMPANION A: amusing, close, congenial, constant, delightful, excellent, faithful, inseparable, stimulating, travelling ~ COMPANY V: find oneself in, have, invite, keep, keep away from ~ A: amusing, bad, boring, congenial, doubtful, dull, entertaining, exalted, good, intellectual, mixed, noisy, pleasant, polite, rowdy, shady, stimulating, suspicious, undemanding, undesirable, unsuitable ~ COMPANY (firm) V: buy out, close down, downsize, establish, float, form, found, join, launch, liquidate, manage, nationalise, register, reorganise, rescue, re-structure, run, sell off, set up, start, take over, wind up ~ V: ~ employs ....

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