WOTW: shelf

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triplo word of the week - shelf

 

今週の #WOTW は「shelf」です。’Shelf’ is a noun, and it changes its spelling in its plural form and when it becomes a verb. Let’s have a look.

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- Put the medicine on the top shelf so that the boy can’t get at it. (a long, flat board fixed horizontally on a wall or inside a cupboard or wardrobe where things can be stored)

- The bottom shelf is where I put the potatoes. (as above)

- I have no more space on my bookshelf. (as above, specifically for books)

- The shelves at the supermarket were empty after the big earthquake. (as above, plural)

- The shelf off the coast of South England is full of marine life. (the flat area of rock underwater or on a cliff)

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Now, the verb::

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- This is an easy job: just shelve the products as they arrive. (put things on shelves)

- Let’s just shelve that idea since we haven’t got enough money now. (keep something for later or not to take action until a later time)

- The bottom of the sea doesn’t shelve very deep between Denmark and Sweden. (a surface sloping down gradually)

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We will say goodbye this week with an idiom:

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- [on the shelf] That policy shouldn’t be left on the shelf. (not applied, noticed, or used)

- [on the shelf] Some people in Japan think that women in their 30s are on the shelf. (nonsensical, sexist language referring to women considered to old for anyone to want to marry them)

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発音は /ʃelf/ です。「F」の後は『U』の音はありませんので、気をつけてください。音節は1つですよ。あと、「shelves」は「シェルブス」じゃなくて、この言葉も音節1つです > /ʃelvz/。動詞の発音は /ʃelv/ です。また来週!

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