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Just ONE example of why English is SO difficult to learn . . . . .

Think about it.


Read until the end.....you'll laugh....

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word

is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky

or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we

wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do

we speak UP, and why are the

officers UP for

election and why is it UP to the secretary to

write UP a

report? We call UP our friends,

brighten UP a room, polish UP the

silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We

lock UP the house and

fix UP the old


At other times this little word has real special

meaning. People stir UP trouble,

line UP for

tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one

thing but to be dressed UP is


And this UP is confusing: A

drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at

night We seem to be pretty mixed

UP about UP !

To be

knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP,

look UP the word UP in the dictionary.. In a desk-sized

dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about

thirty definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may

wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is

clouding UP . When the sun comes out

we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it

soaks UP the

earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I'll wrap

it UP, for now ........my time is UP !

Oh....one more thing:

What is the first thing you

do in the morning & the last thing you do at



P !

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