1. Bring something up

We bring this up because…

To bring something up means to raise the issue or introduce the issue to the conversation.


1.1. Today I would like to bring up the problem of late homework to…’ said the teacher.

1.2. Don’t bring up the issue at my drinking problem or I’ll have trouble with the boss.

2. Come up with

They’ll come up with something to make you pay more.

To come up with something means to think of an idea or plan to deal with something.


2.1. Don’t tell my parents we’re going to shopping or they’ll come up with something to stop me from going.

2.2. We’ll have to come up with something to explain why we are not in class today.

3. Standards

By Syrian standards it’s not. It’s fifty Syrian pounds.

Standards are what we measure things by and can then by comparision. They have different meaning to different people and in different cultures.


3.1. Fifteen dollars is reasonable price for a main meal at a restaurant by Australian standards.

3.2. By local standards it is not approptiate to wear short sleeves or shorts on public.

4. Supplement wages

They supplement their wages by taking bribes.

To supplement something is to make up the difference for a complete result.


4.1. These handouts will supplement the reading in the textbook.

4.2. Two days of swimming supplemented the five days of running on my weekly exercise plan.

5. Out in the open

Is it out in the open?

This means something is easily seen and not being hidden.


5.1. Let’s get it out in the open, I don’t like the way you eat half my sanwiches every lunchtime.

5.2. Fast food companies should get it out in the open and publish the ingredients of their foods.

We are happy when you are happy!



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