Reading is a wonderful pastime and hobby. It is a great way to spend your time and while you always have a book with you, you will always have a friend. The following are expressions with the word READ or English collocations with read as they’re commonly known.
There are many ways to read: to read for fun (just to enjoy it as a pure pleasure) there is reading for work or study using text book (reading factual or educational books).
This academic reading often requires you to read detailed reference books or instruction manuals.
The internet now has also changed our approach to reading and many people preferring the option of E-readers (electronic books). However, whether online or in hard copy the pleasure should be the same.
English Collocations with Read
Here are some expressions with read:
READ OUT LOUD
read in a way that other people may hear you
The teacher will often ask the pupil to read out loud to the class to practice pronunciation and diction. (to learn to read and pronounce the words correctly).
Where the teacher does not want to be disturbed she might ask the class to read quietly to themselves while she corrects the homework. Here the children will open the book and read it methodically line by line without being heard.
When giving the pupils homework or home assignments she/he might ask the kids to read through or over a few chapters in the book and discuss it in class the following day.
“Read through chapters 2 and 3 for your homework and we will discuss it together tomorrow. Also read over the piece on the History of the Great War for next week” – he instructed them before the bell to end class sounded.
READ FROM THE TOP
read from the beginning
When actors or actresses are auditioning for a part in a film or theatre production they have to stand in front of the director or producers and read their lines (audition or practice). The director will instruct them to read from the top.
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READ YOUR MIND
to know what someone is thinking
It is always funny (strange) when someone you are talking to guesses or anticipates what you are going to say before you have even opened your mouth. We think these people can read our minds.
Some magicians do this as part of their stage performance and seem to know somehow what letter or card or number you selected. It is all a mystery to me but I really enjoy such performances.
When Johnny got home he was really hungry and when he opened the door he got the familiar smell of pizzas. ‘Oh Mum he said you are a mind reader I was going to order one as I am starving. Thanks!’
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Idioms and Expressions with Read
Here are some idioms and other English expressions with read:
TO READ SOMEONE THE RIOT ACT
when somebody is very angry because of something you did and didn’t do
Jennifer was only 17 but she had been drinking a few beers with her friends for quite a few months. One day her father saw her in the park with her friends with cans of beer in their bags. He really read her the riot act and when he finished he told her she was grounded for a month. (could not go out with her friends)
READ THE SMALL PRINT
make sure you understand the contract fully
We are always warned when buying something important or when considering signing any contract that we should take great care and read the small print. This is where terms and conditions are written that might be important later on. Retailers often hope that the small print will not be noticed.
Catherine was buying a new laptop. It was expensive and she had saved her money for quite a few months to buy it. Her father told her to read the small print.
READ BETWEEN THE LINES
This does not mean literally. However, when something is written between the lines it usually refers to something not written but a hidden meaning or something important that you need to be aware of before you proceed.
The Foreign Minister made a statement to the press conference ‘If country ABC continues to move into our territory as they have been doing recently, then we may have to take certain actions to protect what is ours.’ Reading between the lines he meant they would defend their territory with force if they had to.
READ SOMETHING INTO SOMETHING
This means to think or believe there is something important in what someone says even when it was not intended.
You can also use it negatively
DON’T READ SOMETHING INTO SOMETHING
James asked his girlfriend if she wanted to go with him to the concert. She said no and he was a little disappointed. She said ‘Don’t read anything into that please. I don’t want to go because I have an important exam the next day and I have to do some study.’
Well, I am off now to read a book. I am in the middle of a wonderful old classic “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens. There is nothing I like better than to curl up (nice and cosy) on the sofa reading an interesting book. This one is really good and I am trying to resist (stop myself) from reading it from cover to cover (from beginning to the end) in one day. I just cannot put it down (cannot stop!).
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