Good morning! Every time, you keep your word, you’re creating an image of yourself; every time, you go back on your words, you’re creating an image of yourself…Reputations are not built in a day, it takes years of resilience, hard work and fortitude (patience) to get people to think well of you. Sticking to a simple principle of never committing yourself unless you’re certain of being able to do the task is one of the tricks for fulfilling that which you have promised.
If a person has a reputation of always being on time, it is because she or he has zealously (passionately) been on time, no matter what, and if a person frightens everyone off by his or her mere presence, it is because the person has formed such an opinion of himself or herself by constantly bulldozing (bullying) people around over a period of time…
To take you all further– The expression ‘To keep one’s word’ means to keep or fulfil a promise made.
– The phrase ‘To go back on your words’ is another way of saying that a person has broken his or her promise. Examples:
– If you have given them your word that you will be there to attend the function, then you must attend it.
– You can’t go back on your words like this; it’ll bring nothing but disrespect to you.
Okay, I believe that you understand the phrases, the meanings and the other grammar rules that I keep talking to you all about. The best way to imbibe (absorb) them in a way that they become a part of your own English is by repetitively putting them into practice. Use them in your conversation, in your writing and use them over and over again.
Next, some sentences I recently heard:
One-“He is my long friend.”
Unless your friend is a pipe or a rod or a lamp post, he, poor fellow, cannot be long. He can be tall. But from what I understood, the person who used this sentence was trying to say that the friend concerned had been with him for many years. Take a look at the following sentences: – He is my long friend. This sentence means that the friend is ‘long. People, that is, human beings are not ‘long’; they are ‘tall’, just as non-living things (however, there are exceptions, like ‘tall buildings’) are not ‘tall’, they are ‘long’. Therefore, if you want to say that a person has been your friend for many years, the right sentence would be: – He has been my friend for a long time or a very long time. Two-“I have to go. My uncle went off in the morning.” On the birth of a baby do you ever say ‘the baby is on’? If not, then how can you say ‘the person is off” on someone’s passing away. Human Beings are not bulbs that they can be switched on and off. Yes, it’s a funny way of announcing someone’s demise. This is a very common way in which people talk about someone’s death. Thus, to put it crudely, ‘a person is off’ means ‘a person is dead’. In English this is how you can talk about the sad happening: – The person has passed away. Or He kicked the bucket. (This is an idiom, which means ‘to die’) Or The person is dead. (unsavoury [unpleasant] manner to state the occurrence but better than ‘off) Bye for now. Have a happy weekend…