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  • this is everyday grammar.

  • My friend was talking to me recently about his plans for the new Year.

  • He said he wanted to do the opposite of what he had been doing.

  • Instead of waking up late, I plan on waking up early instead of being lazy.

  • I plan on working hard.

  • My friends plan made me think about opposites in English.

  • We have words that carry one meaning and an opposite meaning.

  • They're like a coin that has two sides, heads and tails.

  • These words are called Contra Nim's.

  • Here's an example.

  • Think about American money.

  • This is a $50 bill.

  • I'm rich.

  • Bill is a noun that could mean money, but it also has an opposite.

  • Meaning the other side of the coin, if you will.

  • I got a bill for $50.

  • No, that's right.

  • You want to have a $50 bill, but you do not want to get a bill for $50.

  • There are many words like this.

  • Sanction is one example that you will often hear in the news.

  • Sanction is either a punishment, as in the United Nations will impose sanctions on or ah, kind of official approval.

  • Critics say the policy lacked legal sanctions.

  • You can often tell the meaning of a country nim by thinking about the context that the word comes in.

  • Try writing down different examples of contra names that you hear and then practice using them, and that's everyday grammar.

this is everyday grammar.

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Everyday Grammar: Contronyms

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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