March 4, 2012 - Word of the Day: fix
When you repair something, you "fix" it:
He's fixing a pipe.
- Someone needs to fix the hole in the street.
- A plumber fixed my toilet.
- Do you know how to fix your car?
- It's not easy to fix a computer.
- They're fixing their house. It needs a lot of work.
You often hear this verb used in the passive voice:
- The electricity was fixed this morning.
- This situation has to be fixed.
- Why wasn't this fixed earlier?
- My neighbor's roof needs to be fixed.
- How soon can my car be fixed?
Some Americans use the word "fix" for the preparation of food:
- What are you fixing for dinner?
- They fixed a big dinner for their guests.
- Sandra fixes breakfast and lunch for her kids.
The word "fix" is also used by some Americans to describe any sort of preparation. This is a form of slang which I don't recommend, but you might hear it used:
- They're fixing to leave soon.
- I'm fixing to buy some land.
- He's fixing to get married. (Notice I dropped the "g" sound in "fixing." People who use "fix" in this manner are likely to drop the "g.")
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