November 26, 2012 - Word of the Day
You can use the word "charge" when buying something with a credit card:
- They charged their purchases with a credit card. (This sentence uses "charge" as a verb.)
- Can I charge this? (Can I use my credit card to make a purchase?)
- Do you have a charge card? (This question uses "charge" as an adjective.)
- Sheila charged everything with her MasterCard.
credit card / charge card
You can also use the word "charge" when asking about the price of something, or when describing any amount of money that's involved in a purchase:
- How much are they charging for admission?
- How much do you charge for a repair?
- Dan found an extra charge on his bill, but he didn't know what it was for. (This sentence uses "charge" as a noun.")
- There's no charge for using this website. It's free.
Another meaning for "charge" is when something or someone moves forward very quickly:
- Two armies charged at each other on a battlefield and the result was a bloodbath.
- Our company is charging forward with plans for a new line of products.
- A rhinoceros charged at full speed towards a couple of tourists taking pictures of it.
When a battery runs low on power, it needs to be charged. We also use the word "charge" when describing electricity:
- I can feel some sort of an electric charge coming from my laptop. What's wrong with it?
- Is there a place where I can charge my cell phone?
- Her phone is fully charged. (The battery is at its capacity--entirely green.)
- Doug needs to charge the batteries for his camera.
- The dead battery in Nicoletta's car needs to be recharged.
Put the preposition "in" before "charge" and you get "in charge." Use this when assigning responsibility:
- Who's in charge of making decisions in your office?
- Parents in charge of a lot of children are constantly busy.
- The manager in charge of the store apologized to the customer who was treated unfairly.
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