Drop off is a phrasal verb that has a lot of meanings. We’ll see two of those today.
1. If we want to say that we’ll be leaving someone in a specific place:
- I’ll drop you off at the airport at 7:30 am. Is that OK for you?
2. If we want to say something is diminishing:
- Because the rains this year have been scarce, there’s been a great drop off of the water level in the river.
Hope it helps!
I had to write a movie review as a part of my FCE writing tasks. Since I had the chance to watch Iron Man 3 almost two weeks ago, and because I enjoyed the film, I decided to write a review about it. My teacher hadn’t had the chance to correct it yet, so feel free to leave a comment if you find mistakes (or if you didn’t like the film!).
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3, as the name states, is the third installment of this super hero series. The events of the movie develops after those occurred on The Avengers film (which you don’t necessarily have to see to understand what’s going on), and as before, the movie stars Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes) and some new faces as Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian) and Ben Kingsley (The Mandarin).
A series of events led Tony Stark to face this new terrorist called “The Mandarin” who is tearing apart his personal world. After a major attack received in his own place, he finds himself alone, with no hi-tech gadgets anymore and equipped only with his wits and engineering knowledge, he sets out on a quest to put things back in their place one more time.
On the plus side, the visual effects of the movie are great. The CGI are out of this world and the fact that you constantly watch Stark putting on and off his suit makes it more believable. The sounds effects are also great, and because the movie features a new director, the soundtrack is more orchestrated this time than the last two films, which had more heavy rock music. I consider this a good twist, but I can imagine people complaining about that.
On the other hand, if you’re not very keen to this super hero stuff, it might not be that enjoyable, and at times, you will find the plot not very consistent.
Overall the movie is entertaining, and definitely, better than it last predecessor; the actors did a great job and at the end, if you like this kind of films, you will not be disappointed.
Yesterday I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I have to admit that I expected at least additional scenes for the DVD version, but anyway, for what it matters, the movie is fantastic.
The thing is, I thought it would be a good idea to write down some words or expressions that I could pick up from the movie, in order to have a list for future reference or just to add up a bit of vocabulary. The list is not extensive nor does contain very specific or hard words or phrasal verbs, but as I wrote before, it might help to build up your vocabulary. One last thing, the meanings of the words are those from the context of the film.
- Stronghold:A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
- Line: It means ancestry, where you come from, your lineage.
- Thrive: to prosper, to flourish.
- Covet: To desire excessively to possess or have something (like Thorin’s grandfather, he coveted gold).
- Plunder: Steal goods from someone. It also means booty.
- Abduct: Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
- Decay: The state or process of rotting or decomposition (Do you remember when they entered the Trolls cave?).
- Sap: The fluid that circulates inside the plants.
- Chamomile: An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers (Chamomile tea is what one of dwarfs offered Gandalf at Bilbo’s house).
- Burglar: A robber, thieve. (“If I say that he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is.” Don’t mess with Gandalf…)
- Wipe out: To erase or destroy something (or someone) completely.
- Draw near: To approach, approximate.
- Vanquish: To defeat completely.
- Give up: Taken someone as lost.
- Take back: To recover. The dwarf were trying to recover Erebor form Smaug.