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TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:35:57 AM
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Dear Advanced Learners:

Yes, you are correct: English has so many words to learn.

Here is a "hard" word that you should add to your growing vocabulary. You may even want to use it someday in writing or in speech.

Here are some example sentences that I have collected. Before you head for a good bilingual dictionary, see if you can guess the meaning from the context.

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1. "In a few minutes would appear the train's harbinger ... a puff of white smoke." (The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1969).

2. "Frost is a harbinger of winter." (The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 1967).

3. "Others have seen the eclipse [of the sun] as a harbinger of doom." (collinsdictionary.com.)

4. "He scored the winner on his debut, a harbinger of things to come." (same source as above)

5. "Jillian took the short message as a harbinger that her relationship with Jim was about to end." (wordsinasentence.com)



I am sure that you came up with a definition something like: X has happened. So Y will/may happen next.

Be sure to have someone help you pronounce it correctly:

The stress is on the first syllable.
And the last three letters sound like "jer." ("HAR - ben - jer")




Have a nice day!








Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:52:02 AM

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Thank you. An interesting etymology too. It was someone who went before the royal tour, or before the army, to set up "herberge" - lodging and food.

For anyone who reads international phonetic alphabet rather than American sound-spelling, it's /ˈhɑːbɪndʒə/ not /ˈhɑːbɪnjə/.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:10:04 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
An interesting etymology too.




Yes, indeed!



Have a nice day!
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:12:35 AM

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Applause Applause Applause DragO, sir.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:54:22 PM

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Those ones who went to harry the boroughs ;-)


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
srirr
Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:20:24 AM

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Interesting! A nice word.


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:50:15 AM
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srirr wrote:
A nice word.



Yes, it is certainly is.



Have a nice day!
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