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07 / 02 / 2007

TO ANNOY: meaning and examples

Good morning.

I received a question about yesterday's Daily Vitamin from José Luis C., but it had nothing to do with the expression knock it off.

Dear Matthew:
It's the first time I've seen the word "annoying."  ??


Today's word is: to annoy

It means: to make someone a little angry; to make someone uncomfortable or unable to relax. To disturb or bother someone.

Example 1:
It really annoys me when people throw their rubbish on the ground.

Example 2:
Do you know what really annoys me? Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear when I'm trying to sleep. 

Annoying is the adjective form of the verb.

Example 3:
Matthew's emails are very annoying; but I have to admit...they are helping me to stay in contact with English each day.

Thank you for your question José Luis. Tomorrow, after today's last-minute change, we will look at a couple of more informal spoken expressions that we use to ask a person to stop doing something that is annoying us.

Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

Have a good day.