Today’s word of the day is
This is a key word for today’s world. A lot of the discussion about the environment is how we can provide energy in an efficient and sustainable way. It also comes in useful when you are discussion personal qualities. Are you energetic and do you have enthusiasm? It also has technical meanings in the world of physics and science.
Forms of the word
energy: an uncountable noun
energies: a less common countable noun (used only in the plural)
energetic: an adjective used to describe personal qualities
Using the word
Hot topics nowadays include energy security and efficiency. To discuss the environment, you need to be able to use these common phrases/combinations:
atomic/solar/nuclear/wind: Doubts over the safety and cost of atomic energy has led to the creation of an increasing number of wind farms across the UK
alternative/renewable/sustainable: Most people accept that we need to find sources of energy that are renewable and not rely simply on fossil fuels.
forms/sources: Thanks to advances in science and technology, there is a wide of variety of sustainable forms of energy available nowadays.
security: Governments across the world now have to consider the question of energy security.
save/conserve: A simple suggestion would be to encourage householders to save as much energy as possible by insulating their houses.
use/consume/waste: One of the consequences of our modern style of life is that we consume much more energy than we did in the past.
These word combinations are more typically used when we are discussing people and their qualities. Note the different prepositions:
have: In the evenings I don’t always have the energy to study.
put _____ in/expend____on/devote_____to : I have expended a lot of energy on learning English – it’s high priority for me
person/character: I admire my mother so much because she is such an energetic person