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Forget vs. Forget About

Forget is a general word, forget about is more specific.

  • I forgot my keys.“: Person forgot their keys, as in it was left somewhere, and the person doesn’t have it.
  • I want to forget about my keys.“: Person would like to “un”know about its keys, or wants to bury the memories of it.
  • I forgot that face.“: Person doesn’t remember how someone’s face looked like.
  • I forgot about that face.“: Non-direct way of saying one doesn’t remember all the facial features – but not the entire face.

Complete vs. Completed

Which sentence is correct?

“Task A is complete.” or “Task A is completed.”

The word complete is both an adjective and a transitive verb.
As an adjective, complete means fully constituted of all of its parts or steps, fully carried out, or thorough.

  • The road construction is finally complete.
  • Mary is planning a complete renovation of her kitchen.
  • The system will reboot after the installation is complete.

As a transitive verb, complete means to bring to an end or a perfected status.

  • By 28 he completed his education and became an official, worked in different provincial courts.
  • She completed her work.
  • They completed the work in 3 days.

Therefore, something is complete, or something has been or was completed.

Therefore, Task A is complete (adjective), or Task A was completed (past tense verb).

Task A “is completed” is wrong, although “is being completed” or “is going to be completed” are proper verb forms.

Talking about your job

What do you do for a living?

I'm a teacher.
I'm a doctor.
I'm a writer.
I work in IT.
I work in television.
I work with cancer patients.
I work in education.
I work as a salesman.
I work in advertising.
I work as a mechanic.
I work with special children.
I am not employed. I stay at home and look after the children.
I'm a stay-at-home mother.
I'm a housewife.
I don't work

Where do you work?

I work in a university.
I work in a college.
I work in an office.
I work in a bank.
I work in a shop.
I work in a factory.
I work in a pub.
I work on a farm.
I work at home.

Who do you work for?

I work for a US company.
I work for a multinational company.
I work for a publishing company.
I'm self-employed.
I work for myself.
I run my own business.

Talking about your apartment

Some useful words:

  • Roof
  • Top floor
  • The upper floors (in relation to your floor or some cutoff line)
  • Your floor
  • The lower floors (in relation to yours)
  • Bottom floor (could be street level, ground level, or ground floor)
  • Basement


  • I live on the second floor and he on the third floor. He lives on the floor above mine.
  • I live on the second floor and he on the first. He lives on the floor below mine.


My building has 18 floors and I live on the ninth floor. Mr Smith lives on the 18th, the top floor. Mr Jones lives in the upper floors on the 15th. Mrs Jackson and her kids live in the lower floors on the third. The bottom floor at street level is where the building manager lives. The basement is where the water boilers and the washing machines are located.

Source: https://www.quora.com

Wear vs. Put On

To wear: to have something on your body
– She was wearing a diamond necklace with matching earrings.
– Who is that boy wearing a black jacket?

To put on: to move something you ​wear onto ​your ​body
– Take that shirt off and put on a new one. You can’t go out in such an old shirt.
– It’ll be more beautiful if I put on this skirt.

– It’s sunny today so I decided to put on my sunglasses.
– Today, I wear sunglasses because of the sun.