42 await I told him that w e would be grateful if he would kindly avoid ringing our doorbell after midnight. I told him that we would be grateful if he would kindly refrain from ringing our doorbell after midnight. refrain from doing sth = (formal) stop yourself from doing something because other people do not like it: 'Hotel guests are asked to refrain from smoking in the restaurants.'
I avoid to use a computer for personal letters. I avoid using a computer for personal letters. avoid doing sth (NOT to do): 'He obviously wants to avoid getting involved in the dispute.'
We await for your reply and apologize for any inconvenience.
We await your reply and apologize for any inconvenience. await sblsth (WITHOUT for): 'The committee is awaiting a decision from head office.'
P I get up at seven o'clock
but I awake an hour earlier. Iget up at seven o'clock but I wake up an hour earlier. P The next morning we awoke up at 7 o'clock to catch the train. J The next morning we woke up at 7 o'clock to catch the train.
Awake is used mainly as an adjective: 'It's gone ten o'clock and the children are still awake.' As a verb, awake (WITHOUT up) is used only in literary styles: 'I awoke to the sound of church bells.' The usual verb is wake up: 'She told me that she keeps waking up in the middle of the night.' 'I was woken up by a loud whistling noise.'
8 The Insurance company has offered a n award to anyone who can provrde rnformation about the theft.
The insurance company has offered a reward to anyone who can provide information about the theft. award = (1) a prize, certificate, or medal that is given for doing something very well: 'The award for this year's best actor went to Harry Cohen.' (2) a sum of money that someone wtns n a court of law: 'Each survivor of the disaster received an award of $20,000.' reward = (1) something that you are given by someone who is pleased by what you have done. 'As a reward for eat~ngall her dinner, she was given an ice cream.' (2) a sum of money that someone promises to pay to the person who provides useful ~nforrnation,usually in connection with a crime that has been committed or someth~ngthat has been lost: 'A reward of $5,000 has been offered for information leading to the recovery of the necklace.' C
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