List of Idioms - 9

List of Idioms

Idiom 1: Be afraid of
The correct usage for the idiom is: 'be afraid of'
Meaning of the Idiom: to fear

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: He is afraid of wild animals. 
Incorrect Usage: He is afraid from wild animals.

Idiom 2: Better served by x than by y
The correct usage for the idiom is: 'better served by x than y'
Meaning of the Idiom: to be ahead of others in some respect

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: No household is better served by maids than ours. 
Incorrect Usage: No household is better served by maids as ours.

Idiom 3: Better than
The correct usage for the idiom is: 'better than'
Meaning of the Idiom: more than

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: My house is better than hers.
Incorrect Usage: My house is better from hers.

Idiom 4: X is to Y what W is to Z
The correct usage for the idiom is: 'X is to Y what W is to Z'

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: You are to your family, what I am to mine.
Incorrect Usage: You are for your family, what I am for mine.

Idiom 5: Between x and y 
The correct usage for the idiom is: 'between x and y'
Meaning of the Idiom: used to choose between two things only

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: He had to choose between friends and family.
Incorrect Usage: He had to choose among friends and family.

Make sure you revise these articles every now and then so that you do not forget what you learn. Frequent use of idioms expands your word power and will surely help to grow your vocabulary database exponentially.

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