Friday, September 12, 2008

Idioms Using the Word 'Stand'

Our first idiom is ‘can't stand it’. We use this idiom if we want to say that we cannot cope or put up with something any longer. Maybe there are problems or maybe somebody is making things difficult for you. Then we use this idiom.

‘My brother keeps playing music too loud at night. I cannot study properly. I can't stand it any longer. It is very bad for me.’

Another idiom using the word stand is ‘stand up and be counted’. Now this is a good one for you to use. If we want to tell somebody or a group to be strong and to let other people know how they really feel, then we can tell them to ‘stand up and be counted’.

‘If you really feel that way about the problem then make sure the Headmaster knows how you feel on this subject. Do not be quiet and shy, stand up and be counted.’

‘You know, sometimes we do have to stand up and be counted — we have to make sure people know how we feel about something and not just be happy to sit back and be passive.’

‘can't stand it’ — ‘tidak tahan’

‘stand up and be counted’ — ‘berani mengungkapkan pendapat’


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