WOTW: afford

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - afford


“Afford” is a verb. It has one main meaning and is usually used with can or could. Let’s find out.


The verb “afford” means have enough money to pay for.


+ I love to, but I can’t afford it.

+ The house was perfect, but it was more than we could afford.

+ The best he could afford was a tiny first floor apartment.

+ Don’t worry she can afford it.

+ Let’s look at the finances and see how much we can afford.

+ Organic food is a luxury that only middle-class people can afford.


An additional meaning of “afford” is having something, such as time or money, available or to spare.


+ I’m sorry I can’t afford to spend any more time on it.

+ He could only afford about half an hour to talk about it.

+ I can’t afford to be patient too long.

+ We’ve been training hard because we can’t afford to lose this match.


The pronunciation is /  əˈfɔːd  /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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