understanding ("sympathy") of (or about). The nurse exhibited understanding of her patients' fears.
understanding ("agreement") on (or about). The factions reached an under standing on the terms.
understanding ("sympathetic") with (or of). The nurse is understanding with her patients.
unfamiliar with. I am unfamiliar with much of the current slang.
unfit for. In your present state of health, you are unfit for hard work of any kind.
upset about (or over). Mrs. Brown is upset about the loss of her purse. Students often get upset over
their final grades.
used to: a. (Indicating a past habit.) Mr. Black used to teach, but now he does not. [to teach is an infinitive in this sentence.] b. "In the habit of; adjusted to." Are you used to getting up at seven o'clock?
A soldier gets used to hardships. Eva has become used to eating Italian food. [ "to" is a preposition in
useful for. The salesman said the device was useful for many things.
vain, in. All Mr. Johnson's efforts to rescue the child were in vain.
vary from (to). The temperature of the water varies from sixty to eighty degrees in twenty-four hours.
His method varies from mine a great deal.
view of, in. The mountain finally stood in view of the travelers. In view of your grades, I would say that
you have not studied very much.
wait for. Let's wait for Bob; he will be finished in a few minutes. You can wait for a streetcar on that
Wait on (or upon), "serve." Salesgirls should wait on customers pleasantly. Jimmy waited on tables to
earn his tuition.
Want of, for. We watched television for want of something better to do.
warn about. He was warned about that several times. The teacher warned the student about his
watch for. Watch for that article when you look at the magazine.
way to, (on the). He met an old friend on the way to the office. The policeman showed me the way to the bank.
wear off, "decrease gradually." It will take about an hour for the anesthetic to wear off.
wear out, a. ''Use until useless" (S). I have already worn these shoes out. b. "Exhaust'' (S). Climbing
stairs wears me out.
wonder about. Sometimes I wonder about him: he never seems to be concerned about anything.
word for word. ''literally; exactly.'' It is impossible to translate from one language to another word for
word. The child repeated her parents' argument word for word.
word of mouth, by "orally." Rumors usually spread by word of mouth.
words, in so many. Mr. Blake did not say he disapproved of Eva in so many words, but that was his
work on. That famous author is working on another novel at the moment.
work out: a. "Solve." Have you worked that puzzle out yet? b. ''Devise'' (S). The adviser worked out a
schedule for my classes. c. "Prove to be satisfactory.'' Do you think your new secretary will work out?
world, in the (an intensifier, used after superlatives, who, where, everything, etc.). Sarah thinks her
husband is the nicest man in the world. Why in the world did you ask that question? Nothing in the
world will please that woman.
worry about. Don't worry about the test: I'm sure you did well.