List of Idioms - 3

List of Idioms

Idiom 1: Attribute to: The correct usage for the idiom is: 'attribute to' 
Meaning of the Idiom: When we attribute something (A) to someone (B), we are saying that we think person B has the quality or skill or talent of A;

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Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: I attribute my success to hard work. 
Incorrect Usage: I attribute my success for/by hard work.

Idiom 2: Conform to: The correct usage for the idiom is: 'conform to' 
Meaning of the Idiom: To agree to

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: You are required to conform to the norms of the agreement.
Incorrect Usage: You are required to conform with the norms of the agreement.

Idiom 3: Contribute to: The correct usage for the idiom is: 'contribute to'

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: George Bernard Shaw had contributed significantly to the world of poetry.
Incorrect Usage: George Bernard Shaw had contributed significantly for the world of poetry.

Idiom 4: Compared to: The correct usage for the idiom is: 'compare to'

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: Compared to Raman, Raj is taller.
Incorrect Usage: Compared for/by Raman, Raj is taller.

Idiom 5: In contrast to: The correct usage for the idiom is: 'in contrast to'
Meaning of the Idiom: to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast

Have a look at the correct and incorrect usage examples:
Correct Usage: In sharp contrast to the surrounding plains the climate is sub-humid, especially in the higher Himalayan region.
Incorrect Usage: In sharp contrast from the surrounding plains the climate is sub-humid, especially in the higher Himalayan region.

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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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