WOTW: string

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triplo word of the week - string


今週のWord of the Week「string」です。’String’ is a noun or an adjective, often appearing in its plural form or as a modifier. It can also be a verb. Let’s have a look:


- Use a string to secure the package. (a rope made of thing threads twisted together,used to tie things together)

- Almost every house in Espelette has strings of red peppers hanging on the balcony. (A set of objects tied together in a rope)

- Despite the string of political mishaps, May seems to be very attached to her seat. (A series of related events or happenings)

- A guitar usually has 6 strings, a grand piano about 230. (Thin wires stretched across a musical instrument)

- Hollywood movies soundtracks rely heavily on strings. (The group of instruments played witha bow or fingers, eg: violins, cellos…)

- (After a concert) The strings were magnificent. (The group of musicians playing string instruments)

- John McEnroe used to shatter his rackets when he was angry, strings and all. (The thin plastic strings betweenthe sides of a frame of a racket)


String’ also appears in a couple of idioms:


- [to have another / more than one string to one’s bow] She’s very good at football, but she has more than one string to her bow. (She cab doother things too)

- [strings attached] The contract seems to good to be true. It surely comes with some strings attached. (Special demands or limits, maybe hidden)


As an adjective:


- There’s a string quartet playing tonight. Would you like to come? (Relating to string instruments)


And, as a verb:


- I bought an old guitar at a second hand shop. Now I have to string it. (Put new strings on it or chenge the strings. It is used the same way when changing the strings of a racket)

- To string the pearls you need to make the holes first. (To put a string through a number of objects)


Some phrasal verbs include:


- [String someone along] She says we will go on a date someday but I think she’s stringing me along. (To lie to somebody for a long time)

- [String something out] Japan’s population is mostly strung out along between Tokyo and Osaka. (To be in a long line with spaces in between)

- [String something together] He needs more practice. He can’t even string a simple phrase together. (Say something that other people can understand)


発音は/strɪŋ/ です。『S』の後と最後に「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。