Academic 13: become, behaviour, bill, blanket, block

1. become

– Part Of Speech: verb
– Meaning: Begin to be.
– Example:
+ Stir the boiling liquid from time to time, until it begins to thicken and becomes syrupy.
+ it is becoming clear that we are in a new situation
+ They tasted good but would have tasted even better if the sabayon had not begun to split and become cold by the time it reached the table.
+ It was a time when the sorts of changes we had seen coming as a result of the collapse of communism were beginning to become really apparent.
+ But by that night she was becoming increasingly distressed.
+ When the truth begins to emerge it becomes apparent that the rumours of affairs were hearsay, but a darker secret of family ties lies beneath them.
+ Jim stopped playing in the band in the 1950s when smaller rock and roll groups began to become more popular.
+ As the picture begins, it soon becomes clear that Lee is offering more than a mere recounting of generic forms.

2. behaviour

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: The way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially towards others.
– Example:
+ he will vouch for her good behaviour
+ his insulting behaviour towards me
+ They often show aggressive behavior toward health professionals when the truth of the symptoms is challenged.
+ I don’t think it is wrong, or a waste of time, to point out the virtue of manners and good behaviour.
+ Set a good example with your courteous behavior toward the parents of kids on the other team.
+ It was tempting to condemn him for his attitude and his behaviour towards the girl.
+ He was a gentleman through and through, and his behaviour towards her had never been less than proper.
+ There is no evidence of any self harm or of threatening or aggressive behaviour towards others.
+ Teaching is undermined by poor behaviour and teachers need practical support.

3. bill

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A printed or written statement of the money owed for goods or services.
– Example:
+ the bill for their meal came to £17
+ However, when they reached Goole the boat had already sailed, and they were brought back to Selby where, after running up a bill for storage for a few days they were sent on to Chatham by rail.
+ Shave money off your broadband bill while offering a public service to your neighbors.
+ There were receipts, hospital bills and written statements attesting to court decisions in cases both filed by the protesters and brought against them.
+ The groups say that money should go to the panel writing the spending bill for education and human services.
+ When he sat at his desk, unless he happened to be paying the bills, writing the payroll, or ordering supplies, it usually meant he was getting a break.
+ At the end of last term, after continually withdrawing money and paying bills, she noticed a significant drop in her bank account, but dismissed it as poor budgeting.
+ In fact, I used to pay my bills, and even write some of the recipes for my cookbook with this desk.
+ A “surveyor” then calls who will identify damp as a problem and give a quote – often running up a bill of £1,500.

4. blanket

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A large piece of woollen or similar material used as a covering on a bed or elsewhere for warmth.
– Example:
+ I slept on the ground covered by my blanket
+ Actually, there wasn’t much to make, all she had to do was puff the pillow and throw the blanket over the bed.
+ Daniel sits on a sofa cushion, with a blanket thrown over his shoulders, eating a bowl of cereal.
+ After cuddling in the cozy warmth of her blankets for several minutes, Abbey got out of bed and slipped her feet into her silk slippers.
+ She squirmed a bit until she was engulfed by the blankets – and the warmth that they brought with them.
+ Quickly she snuggled back into the warmth of the blankets.
+ It was the kind of warmth like pulling blankets out of the dryer and wrapping them around you in the middle of winter.
+ There are plenty of woollen blankets and fluffy white towels.
+ Remove cushions and soft toys, and buy bedding made from synthetic fabric rather than using feather pillows and woollen blankets.

5. block

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side.
– Example:
+ a block of marble
+ We waited two more months, saving enough to purchase 1,500 concrete blocks for the basement walls.
+ One of the beds is even held up by a stack of wooden blocks!
+ Other materials for terraces include bricks, rocks, concrete blocks, and similar masonry materials.
+ It is unfashionable to say so, but there is something powerfully evocative about this block of stone.
+ The strapping is used for a wide range of materials such as bricks, blocks, briquettes and tiles.
+ The surface of gravel or blocks set on stone provides another permeable layer.
+ Common building materials are concrete blocks and bricks.
+ This guy has built various mathematical surfaces from lego blocks and some of them look amazingly intricate.

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