Correct spelling, explanation: swallow is an English verb with a long history as its origin can already be found in Germanic languages. Swallow was used in Old English in which it had the form swelgan, it also functioned in the Dutch language as zwelgen and in German as schwelgen. After a few centuries, the word finally evolved to the form we know today, which is swallow.
Definition of swallow:
1. verb – to use your throat muscles to eat and drink;
I know this pill looks quite big, but you need to swallow it if you want to get better.
2. verb – to take over something;
Large corporations will finally swallow all the small businesses in our area.
3. verb – to accept something without any sign of disagreement;
It’s hard for me to swallow the painful truth, but I have no choice.
Idioms with swallow:
A few popular idioms with swallow include:
1. hard to swallow – difficult to believe;
His story was so crazy that I found it hard to swallow.
2. swallow your pride – to do something despite the fact that it makes you feel embarrassed;
If you don’t want to get expelled, you need to swallow your pride and say sorry to your teacher.
3. swallow your words – when you’re forced to admit that what you’ve said turned out to be wrong;
I had to swallow my words when it turned out that he passed his exams despite the fact that he had barely studied.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: swallow causes some troubles when it comes to spelling. The reason for that is the pronunciation of the word, which might suggest that there is an -o letter in the first syllable. As a result, a common mistake is to spell swallow as
swollow, which is wrong.
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