• Open relationship
When a couple say they're in an open relationship, it means both of them have an agreement that they can 'see' other people while in the relationship.
• No string attached
It's a type of relationship where it won't lead to 'the altar'. It's just for fun relationship.
It's a type of relationship where a married couple can exchange sex partners.
• I have a thing for him/her
If you say "I have a thing for him", it means you have a crush on him.
• She's/he's my partner
It's either the wife or husband of a gay couple.
FAIRLY and RATHER
The word FAIRLY and RATHER are both used in English to express "to a moderate degree", but foreign students frequently use the wrong one.
FAIRLY is used when the speaker or wishes to affirm some positive or pleasant idea. RATHER is used when the idea is negative or #unpleasant. Or we might say that FAIRLY is a step toward an ideal, but #RATHER is a step away from it; or that #FAIRLY is half-way to enough, whereas RATHER half-way to too.
• Rina is rather tall for her age.
-- This sentence suggests that she is on the way to being 'too tall'.
• I hope this exercise will be fairly easy.
-- This sentence suggests that something is more pleasant than otherwise.
How to use FAIRLY and RATHER:
1. FAIRLY is never used with comparatives.
• I did bit rather better last time.
• The last exercise was rather easier than I thought.
2. FAIRLY is never used with colors, unless the color is modified by light or dark.
Compare these examples:
• This jacket is a fairly light green.
(I think it's light enough for you.)
• This jacket is a rather light green.
(It wont do for you; you want something darker.)
3. RATHER can be used as an understatement for 'very'. The understatement use of 'rather' is a different way of expressing 'very', especially where the Englishmen hates to be definite on a subject of complimentary or emotional nature.
• I've got some rather good news for you.
(As a matter of fact they're not really good news.)
• I must confess I thought he rather charming.
• Read this book. I think you'll find it rather interesting.
Ovation & aviation explanation
SUBJECT - VERB AGREEMENT
Sometimes the subject is separated from the verb by such words as "along with", "as well as", "besides", "not", etc. These words and phrases are not part of the subject. Ignore them and use a singular verb when the subject is singular.
- The #politician, along with the newsmen, is expected shortly.
- Excitement, as well as nervousness, is the cause of her shaking.