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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

"Grow" - let's learn to use this word better!

takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
edited August 2019 in Let's Practise and Learn
GROW: to increase in amount, size, number, or sterngth
It can be used either as intransitive or transitive verb.
This word comes in handy when you want to describe that something is getting bigger, or incresing in number, over a period of time.

Using adverbs with "grow" can make your sentences more vivid and fun to read.
Examples of adverbs that can be used with “grow”.

▪️rapidly, quickly, immediately, exponentially
The boy’s confidence grew rapidly after his consecutive wins in the tournament.

▪️slowly, little by little, steadily, continuously
Weeds have grown steadily over the years until they covered the whole house.

The newly built buildings along the field have cast shadows on it over the summer, keeping the crops from growing properly.

To show how fast something grew...
grow by [ pace ]
(ex) His business has been growing by 10% every year.

I mentioned about confidence, weeds, and crops growing in my example sentences.
What else are there that can grow?
Take a look around. Do you notice anything that have grown over time?
Have they grown fast or slowly?

Let's talk about things around you that have grown using the word grow!

@Teach, @kindgnice, @ech0pandit, @dimasago, @filauzio
Let's have fun studying! You can look out for the word "grow", and when you find one in actul use, you can copy the sentence and paste it in the thread here as our learning material, too.


  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    I grew up mostly in Japan. What I mean by mostly is I’ve lived in the USA for two years when I was a kid. I went to two different elementary schools during the two years there. The first school was completely local; all the other kids were local residents. Me and my twin brother were the only Japanese kids at school. The second school was more international. Kids from all over the globe were there. There were kids from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Venezuela, or Mexico. I vaguely remember that the second school was more fun.٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    If someone is behaving in a childish way @takafromtokyo, we might say 'Grow up. Act your age.'
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely! Great example.
    The phrase is quite familiar to me since my wife likes to say that to me. ψ(`∇´)ψ
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    Hahaha @takafromtokyo.

    Growing is not just physical, like getting bigger, but figurative in the sense of developing. So someone can grow into their job or new role.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for your explanation!
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