Napoléon n’était pas un homme grand, mais un grand homme.
1. Black and white
To take everything into consideration and oversimplify something. To judge everything as either one way or the other, good or bad.
2. Put something down in black and white
To write or have something written down on paper for confirmation or evidence
3. Black as night
Somewhere very dark, when it is hard to see anything
4. Black and blue
Used to describe something that is badly bruised
5. Out of the blue
To appear out of nowhere without any warning, to happen quite suddenly or randomly by surprise
6. Blue pencil
To censor something, or limit the information that is shared
7. A blue-eyed boy
A critical description of a boy or young man who is always picked for special favours by someone in a position of higher authority.
8. A bolt from the blue
When some unexpected bad news is received
9. Browned off
To be bored or annoyed with someone or something
10. To be colourless
Used to describe someone who lacks personality, and is really boring
11. Off colour
When someone is not feeling their best, quite ill or uneasy
12. To give/lend colour to
To help make a story or an explanation more credible and easier to believe, or accompany something
13. Sail under false colours
To pretend to be something that one is not
14. Local colour
Used to describe the traditional features of a place that give it its own character
15. A highly coloured report
Refers to a report that is exaggerated or has a biased view
16. See someone’s true colours
To understand someone’s actual character, often for the first time
17. See the colour of someone’s money
To prove that someone has enough money for something
18. Chase rainbows
When someone tries to get or achieve something that is difficult or impossible
19. To be green
Used to describe someone who is immature, or inexperienced
20. Green with envy
Used to describe someone who is extremely jealous, full of envy
21. Give someone the green light / get the green light
When someone receives, or is given, permission to go ahead with something
22. Grass is always greener on the other side
Used to describe a place that is far away, and better than, where you are now, or another person’s situation that is very different from your own
23. A grey area
Something that is not clearly defined, and there is still debate as to whether it is ‘black or white’, neither one way or another
24. A golden opportunity
An opportunity that may never present itself again
25. A golden handshake
A large sum of money that is paid to a retiring manager or director, or to a redundant worker
26. Golden boy
The term given to a young man idolised for a great skill, usually in sport.
27. Tickled pink
To be very pleased, thrilled or delighted about something
28. See pink elephants
When someone sees things that are not really there, because they are in their imagination
29. To be out of the red
To be out of debt
30. A red flag
A signal that something is not working properly or correctly
31. Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
Meaning born into a rich family
32. To be given something on a silver plate/platter
When something is offered to someone whole-heartedly (in a metaphorical sense)
33. Raise a white flag
This indicates that one has accepted defeat and surrenders to the other party
34. Whitewash something
To cover up or gloss over faults or wrongdoings
Someone who is seen as a coward or extremely timid
36. A yellow streak
Someone who has cowardice in their character
Both words mean the same thing and its spelling depends on the country where the word is written.
The word Color is used in United States.
The word Colour is used in the rest of the English-speaking countries (England, Australia, NZ etc.)
The names of the more common colours in English appear in the chart below:
The same as with the difference between color and colour, it depends on the country.
The word Gray is used in United States.
The word Grey is used in the rest of the English-speaking countries (England, Australia, NZ etc.)
There are three ways that you can use a colour in a sentence to describe something:
1. To Be + Colour. e.g. My car is blue.
2. Colour + Noun. e.g. The blue car is mine.
3. Colour is the Noun. e.g. Blue is the colour of my car.
Did you know that, because colours give us more information about a person or a thing, they are adjectives in English?
You can also talk in shades (or intensity) of colour in English by using such expressions as:
Light is the opposite of Dark.
Bright: a strong colour that is easy to see.
The words Light, Dark and Bright are placed before the colour.
If you are not exactly sure how to describe a colour, we normally use the suffix -ish.
e.g. Greenish (= approximately green but not exactly green)
The following is a list of things typically associated with each colour:
Red: Strawberry, Rose, Fire engine, Blood, Heart
Orange: Pumpkin, Carrot, Basketball
Yellow: Cheese, Sun, Butter, Lemon
Green: Grass, Lettuce, Frog, Leaf, Lizard
Blue: Sky, Ocean, Blueberry, Whale
Black: Bat, Night, Tire (tyre), Fly
White: Paper, Sugar, Milk, Snow, Sheep
Pink: Pig, Tongue, Cotton candy (Candy floss)
Brown: Wood, Cigar, Earth, Acorn, Horse
Grey / Gray: Rock, Lead, Dust, Mouse, Elephant
Purple: Bruise, Grapes
How many more things can you add to each color?
A demonstrative pronoun represents a thing or things:
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Here are some examples with demonstrative pronouns, followed by an illustration:
Normally we use demonstrative pronouns for things only. But we can use them for people when the person is identified. Look at these examples:
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Napoléon n’était pas un homme grand, mais un grand homme.
L’adjectif possessif apporte des informations de genre, de nombre, et de personne (information concernant le possesseur).
–Ma veste / Mon manteau.
–Votre travail mérite tous nos compliments.
L’adjectif possessif : « Ma » est accordé en genre et en nombre avec le mot « veste », comme c’est le même cas pour les autres adjectifs possessifs (Mon, mes, votre, nos…etc.).
L’adjectif possessif s’établit ainsi en relation entre ce qui est possédé et :
– Celui (ou ceux) qui parle (nt): mon chien, notre chien.
– Celui (ceux) à qui l’on parle: ton chien, votre chien.
– Celui (ceux) dont on parle: son chien, leur chien.
Remarque : La distinction de genre ne peut se faire que si possesseur et possédé sont au singulier.
Utilisation de l’adjectif possessif :
–Devant un mot féminin commençant par une voyelle ou par un h muet, on utilise mon, ton, son au féminin.
Sa belle histoire ==> Son histoire.
L’adjectif possessif indique très souvent un lieu social (parenté, rapport professionnel, utilisation, etc.).
Mon père – Mes voisins – ma secrétaire.
Les ouvriers occupent leur usine.
J’ai perdu mon chemin.
L’adjectif peut s’utiliser également, dans certains cas, à la première personne, lorsque l’on s’adresse à un supérieur.
Cet usage du possessif comme marque de respect persiste à l’intérieur de mots comme : Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle, Monseigneur, etc.
Dans le cas où la possession (l’appartenance) est évidente, comme pour les parties du corps, l’usage veut que l’on n’utilise pas l’adjectif possessif si la personne est déjà clairement exprimée.
J’ai mal au ventre ==> J’ai mal à mon ventre (ne se dira pas).