WOTW: master

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triplo word of the week - master

 

今週の #WOTW は「master」です。’Master’ is one of those English words that can be just about any part of the speech. This one is not an adverb, but it is a noun, a verb, and an adjective.

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Let’s start with the noun.

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- We have to do as our master pleases. (A man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves.)

- He’s the master of the playground. (A person who has complete control of something.)

- Here comes the master of the house. (Dated, and therefor potentially humorous. A male head of a household.)

- This dog needs a master. Call 0099880099 to adopt it! (The owner of a dog, horse, or other domesticated animal.)

- Who’s going to be the quiz master? (The person in charge of a game or a male schoolteacher. This is British.)

- Do headmasters also teach? (The head of a college or school.)

- I’m a master of practical jokes. (A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity.)

- He’s a master of jazz. (A great artist or musician.)

- Kasparov was a great master. (A very strong chess player, especially one who has qualified for the title at international tournaments.)

- She’s a Master of Arts. (A person who holds a second or further degree.)

- I’d love to do a master’s in architecture, but they’re too expensive. (A postgraduate degree.)

- Taylor Swift had to re-record all her masters. (An original recording, film, or document from which copies can be made.)

- I don’t need much, just a one-master. (A ship or boat with a specified number of masts.)

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Time for the adjective now.

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- He’s a master player. (Having or showing very great skill or proficiency.)

- We are hiring a master builder. (Denoting a person skilled in a particular trade and able to teach others.)

- The master bedroom has its own bathroom as well as a walk-in closet. (Main, principal.)

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The verb is next.

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- Master English in two weeks! (Acquire complete knowledge or skill in a subject, technique, or art.)

- I felt like crying, but I mastered the urge. (Gain control of, overcome.)

- We went into the studio and mastered all the songs in just one morning. (Make a master copy of a film or recording.)

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And, as usual, let’s wrap it up with the phrases.

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- [make oneself master of] If I read all these books, I will make myself master of quantum physics. (Acquire a thorough knowledge of or facility in.)

- [be one's own master] I’m my own master. (Be independent or free to do as one wishes.)

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Question time! How many of today’s example phrases could use ‘mistress’ instead of ‘master’? Let us know what you think!

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発音は/ˈmɑːstə/です。音節は2つです。後ろに/r/をつけて、アメリカとかアイルランド英語などの発音になります。また来週!

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