Improve Your English – 205 [Archives:2003/676/Education]

October 13 2003

Dr. Ramakanta Sahu
I. What to Say
Situations and Expressions (56):
Wedding Anniversary

'The first bond of society is a marriage', says Cicero. It is said that marriages are made in heaven and consummated on earth. Whatever the cynics may say to the contrary, marriage is a sacred institution that heralds the union of two hearts, two souls. It's a testament of love, a testimony of happy togetherness. That's why Shakespeare says: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impendiments.”
A Wedding Anniversary is a happy occasion when two hearts locked in the bond of harmony assure themselves of many more years of mutual happiness. On this day, the partners, the stakeholders renew their pledge to be true to each other and cross yet more milestones. The well wishers of the couples also shower their good wishes on them.
First, we present instances where the couple wish each other. Then we'll see the expressions used by others for the couple on the occasion of their weeding anniversary.

– On our Anniversary I may not say it often but
Honestly it's true. With all my love.
I've never loved anyone as much as I love you.
That's why I send this message from my heart to yours today to say I love you even more than words could ever say.

– It's our 1st Anniversary: A celebration of the beautiful bond of love
The vows we've exchanged,
And the promises we made
To be together forever
And beloved
My heart knows that
This is just the beginning of a lifetime of loving each other.
Happy Anniversary

– We've sailed in the roughest of weathers,
We've braved the strongest of winds,
We've walked under blue skies,
We've also soaked in the rain,
We've kept the promise,
We've even relished the pain
So on this day, when we got tied in the nuptial knot,
Let's repeat that
What both of us shall forget not

Anniversary Wishes (by well-wishers)
– May this day shower a lot of love and affection on you. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary.

– Wedding anniversary wishes for a special couple –
Love is a rose, tender and pure;
Love is a tree, strong and secure,
Love is an ocean,
Love is for always,
Love is in all things”

– Wishing you joy
In all that you do
Wishing you dreams
That are still to come true –
But most of all – wishing you love
And lots of happiness.
Have a wonderful day.

– Anniversary wishes
For a wonderful pair
Because, you're loved and respected
For all that you've done.
This comes with a wish
That your own special day is
A happy and memory filled one.
Have a memorable Anniversary

– Anniversary wishes for two amazing people
You two remind what a happy marriage brings,
Hope from today, more happiness springs in your world.
You two complete each other so dearly,
Let your love increase daily, monthly, yearly.

– May love weave ties that lasts for ever
And holds two lives, two hearts together.”
A special Anniversary wish for both of you.

– May your marriage be a joyful joining of two hearts
A beautiful blending of two lives, and
May the love you share today
Grow even more wonderful as time goes by.

– Your Wedding Anniversary is just the time to wish you love. Today is a special day in your lives to reflect on the joys of the past and to dream of all the tomorrows, knowing your love will last. Hoping your day is spent in the warmest and the happiest way, because it is true that a couple like your deserves the best. Happy Wedding Anniversary.

– On your Wedding Anniversary
Wishes to begin life anew
Today, as you recount your journey
That began with a happy heart and plans so new.
Tomorrow, may you be contente as all your dreams come true
Always, may you be blessed with happiness,
Enjoying each day, all life through.
Heartiest wishes on your Wedding anniversary.

II. How to Say it Correctly
Correct errors, if any, in the following sentences:
1. Mr. Ali Abdullah Saleh is elected the President of Yemen.
2. Because he worked hard, therefore he succeeded in the exam.
3. Not only he insulted me but assaulted me also.
4. I never have and will never disobey my elders.
5. One must put it in exactly the right place in relation with the other words.

Suggested answers to last week's questions
1. Although it was hot, yet Mahyoob was wearing a woolen coat.
2. We were all happy at Mr. Al-Kamali's having been awarded the prize.
3. The Holy Quran preaches that we should love one another.
4. I saw him leaning against the wall.
5. The matter has been discussed both in the press and at the platform.

III. Increase Your Word Power
(A) How to express it in one word
1. An animal that eats its own kind.
2. One who abstains completely from alcoholic drinks.
3. Murder of a king.
4. A man whose manners are more like those of a woman.
5. A medicine to counteract the effect of poison.

Suggested answers to last week's questions
1. One who undergoes the penalty of death for sticking to his faith: martyr (n)
2. One who abandons his religious faith: apostate (n)
3. One who is given to questioning the truth of facts and the soundness of inferences: sceptic (n)
4. One who resides in a country of which he is not a citizen: alien (n)
5. Belonging to all parts of the world: cosmopolitan (adj)

(B) Words Commonly Confused
Bring out differences in meaning of the following pairs of words
1. rite, right; 2. yoke, yolk; 3. gamble, gambol;
4. gaol, goal 5. precedent, president

Suggested answers to last week's questions
1. accept (vt) (consent to receive): The Dean accepted our suggestions.
except (prep) (not including): He gets up early everyday except Friday.
2. envelop (vt) (cover on all sides): The fire enveloped the whole village in a short time.
envelope (n) (a covering made of paper for a letter): I sent the envelope by registered post.
3. hoard (vt) (save, store): The thief hoards his treasure in a secret place)
horde (n) (a large noisy and disorderly moving crowd): Hordes of children cross the road and cause traffic problems when the school is over.
4. gait (n) (manner of walking): She has an attractive gait.
gate (n) (a movable frame which provides a way of entering or leaving): Please keep the gate closed.
5. fain (adv) ( old use. with pleasure): I would fain obey what you say.
feign (vt) (pretend): He feigns illness.

(C) Phrases and Idioms
Give illustrative sentences using the following phrases
1. to eat away; 2. to grow upon
3. hear someone out 4. to hit upon;
5. to keep hanging about

Suggested answers to last week's questions
1. to back up (to support): We back up the ruling party in all their welfare programs.
2. to blow over (pass off): Have patience. The crisis will soon blow over.
3. to bear out (to substantiate): There is enough evidence to bear out the charges against the accused.
4. to dispose of (to sell): I have disposed of my old car.
5. to close with (accept): I'm glad you close with my offer.

IV. Grammar and Composition
(A) Grammar
Look at the situations below, and decide who you would call
architect, baby sitter, gardener, plumber, carpenter
1. The lawn needs mowing and the flower-beds are full of weeds.
2. A radiator is leaking.
3. You need some new cupboards in the kitchen.
4. You want to make some additions and alterations to your house.
5. You have been invited to go out on Friday evening, but you have a small child who should be looked after.

Suggested answers to last week's questions
1. What you said was untrue.
2. Did what she said upset you?
3. I haven't thought what I ought to do?
4. What they suggested was practical.
5. I don't understand what made him do it.

V. Pearls from the Holy Quran
“… For Allah never do injusticce to
Those who serve HIm.”

VI. Words of Wisdom
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being because you decide to believe so.”
)Wayne Dyer