E.g.: I’m not in a position to comment on the matter.
make/pass a comment on/about sth/ˈkɒment/
E.g.: No one passed comment on her new hairstyle.
A range of sth
23. to argue that - to give reasons why you believe that sth is right or true
to argue for/against ⇒E.g.: Woolf’s report argued for (=supported) an improvement in prison conditions. Several people stood up to argue against (=say they do not support) moving the students to the new school.
24. to suffer - to experience sth very unpleasant or painful
E.g.: Some patients suffered severe side-effects from the treatment.
to suffer from sth
E.g.: The region continues to suffer from serious pollution.
2. benefit⇒ get/gain/receive a benefit
be of benefit to someone/sth⇒E.g.: Not all competition is of benefit to the consumer.
for someone’s benefit⇒E.g.: Molly explained what was happening for my benefit.
have the benefit of sth⇒E.g.: He has had the benefit of the best education money can buy.
3. to claim (that)- to say that sth is true, even though there is no definite proof
E.g.: The report claimed that hundreds of civilians had crossed the border to escape the fighting. He claims he is innocent.
syn.: usual, ordinary
to be in danger of extinction / disappearing
syn.: to fall, to decrease
syn.: to devastate, to damage, to ruin, to wipe out
destruction⇒E.g.: The building must be saved from destruction.
To die out
syn.: to become extinct, to disappear, to vanish
11. to make a big/no difference
E.g.: Unless we recruit and train more Gaelic teachers we won’t make a big difference in schools.
13. disaster⇒E.g.: natural disasters
E.g.: The need to establish an official language has a disastrous effect on small languages.
15. to evolve - to gradually change and develop over a period of time
E.g.: Some people claim that languages die as the human race evolves.
A handful of sth
17. a huge/significant increase in sth
syn.: growth, rise, boost
E.g.: There has been a huge increase in the number of children being educated in Gaelic.
18. to invest in sth⇒E.g.: This government believes in investing in education.
To keep sth alive
E.g.: Should we fight to keep a dying language alive?
E.g.: Only few languages lasted more than 2000 years.
23. opinion poll - an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
24. pace - the speed at which something happens or is done
E.g.: the pace of disappearance
at your own pace - as slowly or quickly as you like
E.g.: The course allows students to progress at their own pace.
E.g.: That sounds promising.
To promote sth
E.g.: Unless we promote Gaelic there won’t be a significant increase in speakers of Gaelic.
27. to raise someone's profile- increase the attention they get
E.g.: The entire marketing team is trying to raise the author's profile.
To reach a target
To recruit sb
syn.: to hire, to employ
E.g.: We won't be recruiting again until next year.
30. to refer to sth - to describe sth, or to be about sth
E.g.: Celtic usually refers to the culture and Gaelic to language
31. relevant - directly connected with and important to what is being discussed or considered
syn.: appropriate, proper, related
ant.: irrelevant, inappropriate, unrelated
E.g.: Ignore that comment. It’s not relevant.
relevant to⇒E.g.: How is that relevant to this discussion?
32. revival - the process of becoming active, successful, or popular again
E.g.: Since 1970s there has been a revival in the Celtic culture and Gaelic language.
33. to run- to control and organise sth such as a business, organisation, or event
To run classes
syn.: to conduct classes
E.g.: People move from small rural communities to urban centres.
35. spokesperson - someone whose job is to officially represent an organisation, for example in dealing with journalists
survival⇒E.g.: In these jungle areas, every day is a fight for survival.