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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.'

await

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We await for your reply and apologize for any inconvenience.

J

We await your reply and apologize for any inconvenience. await sblsth (WITHOUT for): 'The committee is awaiting a decision from head office.'

awake

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.

J

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.'

award

8 The Insurance company has offered a n award to anyone who can provrde rnformation about the theft.

J

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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