Correct spelling, explanation: the word picture entered English in late Middle English and its origin is a Latin word pictura. In contemporary English, it functions as a noun and as a verb. Picture is a common word, used in both formal and informal contexts.
Definition of picture:
1. noun – a painting, photo, a drawing,
I love this picture so much that I will frame it and hang it on my wall.
2. noun – an image you can see on the screen,
It’s a really old TV set so the picture isn’t very clear.
3. noun – something you see in your imagination,
I still have a very clear picture of my first day at school.
4. verb – to imagine something,
Try to picture yourself winning the game and a gold medal.
Expressions and idioms with picture:
Some interesting idioms include:
1. every picture tells a story – you can use this expression when you clearly see what has happened by the way someone or something looks,
Look at her clothes – every picture tells a story.
2. be the picture of health – look really healthy,
He is young and fit – a real picture of health.
3. get the picture – to understand something,
You don’t have to repeat what I have to do – I got the picture first time you told me.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: a common mistake in the word picture is to omit the -t letter in the middle of the word, which gives an incorrect form
picure. The mistake is probably the result of the fact that the pronunciation of the word doesn’t suggest that there is a -t letter.
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