One letter which makes such a difference - STATIONARY vs. STATIONERY

There are many cases like that in English. Cases when two words are almost the same, but for one small detail which makes a difference. Today it's all about the difference between STATIONARY and STATIONERY



STATIONARY /ˈsteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/
Adjective (przymiotnik)

Means: 
  • not moving or not changing (nieruchomy, stojący w miejscu, unieruchomiony, stacjonarny, niezmienny)

She rammed into a stationary vehicle at the side of the road.
Uderzyła w zaparkowany na drodze samochód.

The rate of inflation has been stationary for several months.
Stopa inflacji nie uległa zmianie od kilku miesięcy.

a stationary bike
(rowerek treningowy)


a stationary bike



STATIONERY /ˈsteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/
Noun (rzeczownik)


Means: 
  • pens, paper, envelopes, pencils, and other things used for writing (materiały piśmienne, materiały biurowe)
  • paper used for writing letters, often with the name of a company on it, and envelopes that match (papier listowy, papeteria)

a stationery shop or store
(sklep papierniczy)






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Verbs connected with looking

Verbs connected with looking - there are so many of those... Take see, watch, look, gaze, stare... Do I need to number all of them? I've counted 9, but I'm pretty sure there are more ;)


LOOK
  • To direct your eyes at something or somebody so that you can see them (popatrzeć; spojrzeć):

Dan looked at his watch.
Sue looked at herself in the mirror.
If you look through that window, you can see the cathedral.


  •      To search for something (szukać):

I’ve been looking for the keys, but I can’t find them anywhere.
The burglar looked through all the cupboards and drawers.


  •      To have a particular appearance (wyglądać):

The room looked a complete mess.
She looked tired.
What does your brother look like?
Brian looked as if he was going to cry.
Rick doesn’t look his age.
It looks like Bill will be able to come.



  •      To make a suggestion or direct somebody’s attention to something (popatrz):

Look! Here she comes!
Look, why don’t we meet tomorrow and discus it?



  •      In some fixed phrases like:

I’m just looking. (used in a shop when you don’t know if you want to buy something or not) (Tylko sie rozgladam)
Look me in the eye. (used to tell somebody to tell you something straight and honestly) (Popatrz mi prosto w oczy)




WATCH
  •      To look at someone or something for a period of time (oglądać):

Have you been watching the match?
The spectators watched the player win set by set.
Watch how I do it!
We arrived early to watch the players warming up.



  •      To look at a television programme, film or sports event, usually from the beginning till the end (oglądać):

Our kids only watch videos at weekends.
Did you watch the news last night?



  •      To secretly look at somebody or something for a period of time, especially because you want to get information or to do something illegal (obserwować):

I think somebody is watching us.



  •      To be careful of something (uważać):

Watch the knife! It’s sharp!
You should watch what you say about my friends.



  •     To take care of a child, an animal or somebody’s property for a short    time and make sure that nothing harms it (doglądać; pilnować):

Could you watch my bag for a second?
Can you watch the baby when I’m at the dentist’s?





SEE
  •      To notice someone or something using your eyes (widzieć):

The spectators applauded when they saw the champion.
I can see you!
It was too dark to see anything.
She can’t see anything without her glasses.



  •      To watch something like a television programme or a film (oglądać):

Have you seen ‘Titanic’?
I didn’t see the news yesterday.



  •      To meet or visit someone who you know (spotykać się; widzieć się z):

I’m seeing my dentist tomorrow.
See you at the station at 5 p.m.
I saw Susan the other day.
I see my mom once a week.
I don’t want to see anybody today.



  •      To understand something (rozumieć):

I see what you mean.
I think I see what the problem is.
I can’t see why you are angry.




GLANCE

Loving Glance

Pierre Louis Goudreaux


  •      To look somewhere quickly and then look away (rzucić okiem; zerknąć):

Roy glanced around the room.
Carl glanced at his watch and said he needed to go.






GAZE


  •     To look at someone or something for a longer time, for example because they are attractive or interesting, or because you are thinking of something else (wpatrywać się):

She lay on the bed gazing up at the ceiling.
They gazed into each other’s eyes.






STARE

Intense stare

  •      To look at something very directly for a long time (gapić się):

He was staring at her through the window.
His eyes were staring at me.
I hate when people stare at me.





PEEP

Peeping through the blinds

  •      To look at something quickly and secretly, usually from a place where you think you cannot be seen (zerkać; podglądać):

He peeped through the gates to see who was in the garden.








PEER


Kids were peering into the water.

  •      To look very carefully, especially because something is difficult to see (przyglądać się badawczo, z niepokojem):

The boy was peering at the court, but he couldn’t see where the ball was.





GLIMPSE
  •      To see someone or something for a moment or not completely (ktoś lub coś nam mignęło prze oczyma):

I glimpsed Mark when I was walking into the office.



















The only video that comes to my mind when I think of those verbs is either Smashing Pumpkins with Everlasting Gaze or U2 with the amazing Staring at the Sun, and for the purpose of learning the second one is definitely better...

U2 Staring at the Sun


SUMMER stretching on the grass ... summer dresses pass

In the shade of a willow tree creeps a crawling over me

Over me and over you stuck together with GOD's glue

It's going to get stickier too ...

It's been a long hot summer

Let's get undercover

Don't try too hard to think ... don't think at all



I'm not the only one starin' at the sun
Afraid what you'd find if you took a look inside
Not just deaf and dumb I'm staring at the sun
Not the only one who's happy to go blind

There's an insect in your ear if you stratch it won't disappear
It's gonna itch and burn and sting
Do you want to see what the stratching brings
Waves that leave me out of reach
Breaking on your back like a bitch ...
Will we ever live in peace?
'cause those that can't do often have to
Those that can't do often have to preach

To the ones staring at the sun ...
Afraid what you'd find if you took a look inside
Not just deaf and dumb ... staring at the sun
I'm not the only one who'd rather to go blind

Intransigence is all around ... military still in town
Armour plated suits and ties ... daddy just won't say goodbye
Referee won't blow the whistle God is good but will HE listen
I'm nearly great
But there's something I'm missing I left in the dute free
Though you never really belonged to me

You're not the only one starin' at the sun
Afraid what you'd find if you stepped back inside
I'm not sucking my thumb I'm staring at the sun
Not the only one who's happy to go blind 



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