Thursday, November 03, 2005

A Message To Intensive Level 4 (I4WF18)

Update of 4 November: Martina, Francesca and Fabio, thanks very much for your comments. I look forward to everyone else's comments!

Hello. Do you remember learning the different ways of describing how people dress? Here are some examples taken from The Virtual Language Centre:

Can you explain the different uses of ‘dress’ and ‘wear’?
What categories of objects can you wear?
Can you find any examples of ‘dressed’ associated with an adverb?
What’s the difference between ‘dressed as’, ‘dressed like’ and ‘dressed in’ and ‘dressed up’?
What does ‘dressed to kill’ mean?


Write your answers in a comment.

I am going to make this exercise easier by removing some of the lines:

1 n assure him that at least one well-dressed cleric of my acquaintance looks
3 told the court that a policewoman, dressed as a schoolgirl, had been unable
4 airport yesterday afternoon. {para} Dressed in a grey suit instead of the usu
5 he said. {para} ``They're all well-dressed and they all have have goals.'' {
7 Already angry Polar supporters, dressed as bears, have demonstrated in f
13 ar around 360 degrees. {para} Also dressed by Italian designer Gianni Versace
14 aken a bath and was refusing to get dressed for kindergarten. {para} ``I used
21 low does the talking here, nicely dressed in jacket and tie, speaking off-ca
22 ire, kidnapped the 14-year-old boy dressed in just a T-shirt, socks and und
34 ald Dwight would take to the stage dressed like a duck with outsize glasses a
35 ccompanied at Kai Tak by a casually-dressed man claiming to represent the pub
36 iver in the Marais. The well-dressed Parisians who now occupy their sea
41 ons from 171 countries and will be dressed to kill in their national costume
42 gon was rolling. They come here all dressed up and love it. My wife would ne
44 ap and cheerful, situation comedy dressed up as "specials", and one-man come

9 racters, is promiscuous because she wears "big hair" and tight skirts.
20 e fleets of vans to round up youths wearing baseball caps back-to-front and
21 d with a diversion: "Why aren't you wearing lipstick? Every woman should we
23 h airport markings on it. They were wearing security badges stolen from air
28 ons' delegates, from 177 countries, wearing their national dress are expecte
29 eir lunch money to the fund. {para} Wearing ``Skip lunch'' T-shirts, 16 Form
35 alking towards the balcony. He was wearing a black balaclava, white shirt wi
4 r, grand as an Austrian countess, wore a look of disapproval. She saw me as
5 rst, so somebody suggested Morgan wore a pair of roller skates. The
6 went shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui. He wore a Panama hat and dark glasses. He s
10 e ship on August 26. {para} ``They wore Chinese uniforms but we thought they
12 . Most of the parents and children wore fancy dress costumes or hats and pa
15 ioters feared for their safety and wore hoods during the process, a senior
17 s old and about 175 cms tall. Both wore jeans. Anyone who witnessed the inci

Here are two examples of 'dressed to kill':

1. They will be representing 135 Lions Club delegations from 171 countries and will be dressed to kill in their national costumes.

2. Pat Kavanagh, distinguished literary agent and wife of Julian Barnes, came over. She looked magnificent: dressed to kill (former clients had better beware) in a glittering evening gown.

What do you think it means? Add your comment!

6 comments:

martina said...

Sorry Micheal,
Now I dont' have time for answering all you questions!
But I'd like to say that I've been on BBC LearningEnglish three time at least and i've listened to many news recording. But, i don't know why, they're easier than the tape recording we listened to last lessons. Maybe because the recording quality is better and i could listen to it with earphones.
Now I've to work.
BYE!!

francesca said...

i try to explane what categories of object you can wear:
i think that you can wear clothes but also accesories, like sunglasses or bags and the verb "to wear" needs always an object to refers to.
"dress" means to put on some clothes and sometimes doesn't need an object to refers to; we can use "Dress" also with a particular clothing..like a carnival dress or a "witch dress".
at the end, the item "dressed to kill" refers to a person who is made to kill, a bad person(...i think)!!
bye.

Fabio said...

Hi all.
I'll try to explain differences between "to dress" and "to wear" meanings.
So, "to wear" is always referred to clothes, while "to dress" means also to wear clothes of a certain kind or style or to decorate (dress casually, smartly and so on).

"dressed up" means to wear formal, smart or fancy clothes like evening dresses or suits.

"dressed in" means "to wear clothes with a specific quality": e.g. "dressed in white"

I think "dressed to kill" is referred to a person (expecially girls) who want to draw attention to himself (or herself)

It's time to go to the British Council

C U
Fabio

ChrisWoznitza said...

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MASSIMILIANO said...

hi
wear is something such as clothes for example shoes or jewellery you have them on your body or on part of yor body.
dress is refer a specific piece of clothing wor by a woman or girl and you can refer about men .
- dressed up dressed down dressed in ecc.
- for other question I don't know

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