WOTW: variety

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - variety

“Variety” is a mass noun with one main meaning and a few related meanings. Let’s find out what they are and look at some example sentences.

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The main meaning of the noun “variety” is the quality of being different not the same.

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+ The variety makes this job fun.

+ Podcasts offer much more variety than traditional radio.

+ Customers said they want more variety and better quality at a fair price.

+ He often says Glastonbury is the best UK festival for the variety and the food.

+ Scientists have been amazed in recent years by the diversity and variety of objects found in the solar system.

+ You need to improve the quality and variety of food in your diet.

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A common related phrase is “a variety of”. It means a number of things in the same general group.

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+ There a variety of activities you can do on or near the campsite.

+ His music has a variety of influences.

+ A good teacher gives students a variety of different exercises and activities.

+ These days people work a variety of jobs over their lifetimes.

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As a countable noun “variety” means a thing that is different from others in the same general group.

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+ There are over fifty varieties of pasta at that supermarket.

+ There are two common varieties of small business: family-owned or entrepreneur-led.

+ Merlot is the most planted grape variety in the Bordeaux region.

+ Most of the cherry blossom trees in Tokyo are the same variety.

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Finally, “variety” can mean a kind of entertainment show on TV or in the theatre that features a lot of different acts and performances.

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+ He quickly became a star of the musical theatre and variety shows in London.

+ She ended up performing on TV variety shows with many famous singers.

+ Music halls and variety theatre were eventually replaced by the cinema.

+ The variety concert will include a number of musicians and school bands.

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The pronunciation is /vəˈrʌɪɪti/.

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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.

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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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