The Language of Love
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As today is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would look at the language of love, in particular, the verbs and prepositions of love! Of course, you all know that when you are lucky enough to meet that special someone, you fall in love; if you are really lucky, you may fall in love at first sight! If you spend all of your time with your loved one, your friends may say that you are crazy about him or her. Take care here, because if you say that someone is driving you crazy, it means they make you really annoyed and angry! This is not a good phrase to use about your sweetheart!
Did you know that before you fall in love, you might fancy someone? This means that you like them a lot, and would like to know them a lot better! If you manage to get to know the person you admire, you can go out on a date, and hopefully, you will get on well. But, you may just have a crush on him or her, which means that your feelings may change in time… You can also fall out of love, and in this case, you may break up, or split up with your beloved (who then becomes your ex). But this is not a very good topic for Valentine’s Day! So if you have had an argument and fallen out, today of all days, you should try to make up with the person who is close to your heart. As the custom on Valentine’s Day is to send cards or flowers, you have the perfect excuse to forgive and forget whatever happened in the past, and make a fresh start!
Last time, I asked you to look for linking words. We use linking words to make our writing (a) more logical, and so (b) easier to read and understand. Linking words are like the “glue” that gives our sentences order and meaning. We will look at linking words again this week because they are so important.
Linking words answers
The words I used between sentences were:
interestingly, finally, lastly, however, to begin with, if, as
The words I used within sentences were:
and, but. also, however, on the other hand, similarly, perhaps, so, if, which, obviously
Enjoy the rest of Valentine’s Day! It's great to see you using the useful words in your comments! Let’s chill!
Ps. Two of the words in the list below have the same meaning: sweetheart and beloved.
(1) What do we call words with the same meaning?
(2) Can you find any other words in the text with the same meaning as sweetheart?
(3) Why do we use these words?
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
fall in love with someone (phrase)
Used to describe the very strong feelings of love you have for someone. Can be used with adverbs “madly” or “passionately” for even more emphasis!
fall in love at first sight (phrase)
This means that you fall in love instantly!
be crazy about someone (phrase)
To fall in love and think about the person all of the time.
(subject) + drives you crazy (phrase)
This means that someone or something makes you angry. Look at the word order:
The noise of the cars outside is driving me crazy.
His stupid comments drive me crazy.
The person you love.
fancy someone (verb)
This means that you find someone attractive.
get to know someone (phrase)
When you spend time with someone, and learn about their personality.
go out on a date (phrase)
Spend a few special hours with someone, perhaps you go to a restaurant, to the cinema or to see a concert.
get on well (phrasal verb)
This means that you enjoy someone’s company and find that you can talk easily to them. The opposite is to get on badly with someone.
have a crush on someone (phrase)
To really like someone, even though you may not know them well. Similar to fancy.
fall out of love (phrase)
To have a change of heart or feelings, stop loving someone.
break up with someone (phrasal verb)
To end a relationship.
split up with someone (phrasal verb)
To end a relationship.
The person you love.
Former boyfriend or girlfriend. Can also be used about husbands and wives.
today of all days (phrase)
This is used to mean that today is a special day.
make up (phrasal verb)
To renew a friendship or relationship after an argument.
close to your heart (phrase)
This phrase is used to describe someone you love.
perfect excuse (noun)
A good opportunity to do something.
forgive and forget (phrase)
This means that you decide to stop being angry with someone and forget the past.
make a fresh start (phrase)
To forget about the past and start something again.
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