| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |
今週の #WOTW は ‘mend’ です。’Mend’ is a verb or a noun, and, of course, it is used in some set expressions too. Let’s have a look, first, at the verb.
- Do you know how to mend this machine? (Repair something that is broken or damaged.)
- Apparently, leaving hospital and recovering from Covid-19 is not the same thing. You can take months to mend. (Return to health, heal.)
- Oh, you got me flowers? You got me flowers. And you think that flowers can mend what you’ve done? (Improve an unpleasant situation.)
- The fire is dying out. Let’s find something to mend it. (Add fuel to a fire.)
The noun is coming next.
- What a professional mend. The jacket looks like new! (A repair in a material.)
And the phrases to finish with.
- [on the mend] No, I don’t think I’ll go out tonight. I’m still on the mend from our last night out. (Improving in health or condition, recovering.)
- [on the mend] The situation is on the mend, but it will take time. (See above.)
- [mend one's ways] She always gets in trouble but never mends her ways. (Improve one's habits or behaviour.)
- [mend (one's) fences] Can’t we just mend fences? I promise I’ll be more careful in the future. (Make peace with a person or group.)
- [mend one's manners] Listen, this dinner is very important, so please, mend your manners, won’t you? (Act more politely.)