EXPRESSIONS COMMONLY CONFUSED BY ESL LEARNERS
Drift apart: separate slowly.
e.g. He drifted apart from his friends and lived a secluded life.
Drift back: go back to someone or something slowly.
e.g. He drifted back to her former girlfriend, and they were married.
Drift off to sleep: fall asleep gradually.
e.g. He sat on the sofa, and finally drifted off to sleep.
Argue about: dispute or quarrel with someone over.
e.g. They often argue about racial injustice over the dinner table.
Argue against: make a case against someone or something.
e.g. My wife and I often argue against what is best for our child.
Ease someone of something: to relieve or reduce someone of something.
e.g. The doctor eased me of my back pain.
Ease off: diminish; let up doing something.
e.g The rain has eased off; we'd better leave now.
e.g. Come on, he's just a kid. Ease off!
Differ about: disagree about.
e.g We differ about who should be the next president.
Differ from: be different from
e.g. How does this one differ from that one?
Differ in: be different in a specific way.
e.g. This one and that one differ in color.
Differ with: disagree with.
e.g. I differ with you on many things.
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