Rob and Stephen look at some words used to describe people’s character and nouns that have become verbs. How on earth did that happen?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Two questions:

1) What the difference is between answering the question "What on earth are you wearing?" as:
You look really strange vs You look so strange

2) What does it means fair as appearance? Blond hair - beautiful woman according with the dictionnary. It thought this word was classified as character instead of appearance...


Hello MayelaM!

In answer to 1), I think both of these are OK, and mean the same thing - 'You look very strange'.

2) Your dictionary is right! Fair has several meanings. When talking about appearance, it means light coloured, not dark - so someone with blond hair has fair hair. Fair meaning beautiful is a bit old fashioned these days.

Hope that helps!

The LearnEnglish Team

that,s nice

Help me with this sentence:
Despite all my efforts, I will not have the report ready by Friday.
? Why i cant use making all my efforts ... instead?

Actually, you can use both :). Let's remember about this grammar
Despite + N/ , Clause --> "making all my efforts" is a GERUND ( V-ing), so it can used as a noun, too

It's very useful for study English everyday. Thanks

Thank you Jeremy Bee!


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I have a query - when to use up, down, in with verbs?
Kindly solve the query, very important.

Hello mudassar,

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our course. It sounds like you are looking for more information on multi-word verbs - verbs made up of a very and one or two particles (prepositions and adverbs). You can find information on these on this page and on this page.

I hope those links are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team