English is one of the important areas where we have to concentrate while preparing for any competitive Examination. It’s a fact that without having a good knowledge at English we will find it difficult to crack any exam. If an exam has 100 questions 20 questions will surely be from English. Strong Vocabulary is the foundation of good English use. A person having good vocabulary will not find much difficulty using English. Those who find English difficult should make it a habit to note down the words that appear regularly in Newspapers and other magazines and should try to use them wherever possible. With a view to help those we are starting a section in our blog called “Easy English” where we will be bringing you the most commonly used words, their meaning and usage. Hope you will find it interesting!!
1. Hitherto - Until now or until a particular time
Usage: The weather, which had hitherto been sunny and warm, suddenly turned cold.
2. Conversant- (be conversant with)- to be familiar with, and have knowledge or experience of the facts or rules of something
Usage: a) I’m not conversant with the rules of chess.
b) Please ensure you are fully conversant with the meaning of traffic signals.
c) Much of his work was on computers and in his 11 years at the company Anand became thoroughly conversant with all software’s.
3. Vis-à-vis – in relation to / in comparison with
Usage: The decline in the power of local authorities’ vis-à-vis central government is worrying.
4. Effigy- a model or other object which represents someone, especially one of a hated person which is hung or burnt in public place
Usage: The opposition marched down the streets and burnt the effigy of Prime minister.
5. Envisage- to imagine or expect as a likely or desirable possibility in future
Usage: Train fare increases of 5% are envisaged for the next year.
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