The Top English Grammar Tips From A–Z
adjective keener, keenest
1(enthusiastic)(photographer/supporter) entusiasta(student) aplicado(student) que muestra mucho interésto be keen to + infto be keen on sth/-ingto be keen on sb
- He was very keen and enthusiastic about learning.
- He was an ardent fisherman, a keen gardener, and an active naturalist.
- The areas round the house, where the borders are filled with herbaceous plants, were the territory of his wife, Elisabeth, an equally keen gardener, who died last year.
- The keen gardener, who has had an allotment for nearly seven years, said his plot had vegetables ripped up, tools thrown around and specialist plant frames smashed.
- ‘I've given up my allotment and the school job,’ said Mick, who is a keen gardener.
- This will be a unique opportunity for keen gardeners to buy rare and unusual plants, many of which are not obtainable from local garden centres.
- By all accounts it was the usual huge success, with keen gardeners coming from all around to stock up on plants and gardening paraphernalia.
- As well as being a keen rambler, Mrs Kirby, who lived on her own following the death of her husband, liked to stay fit and was also a keen gardener.
- Mr Henry is also a computer enthusiast and a keen motorcyclist.
- She is a keen gardener, bird watcher, photographer and swimmer.
- Hamish and his wife, Lesley, were expert fly fishers and keen gardeners.
- The competition is not just for keen gardeners.
- Jamie, who has been a keen rally enthusiast since his early teens, is said to be making good progress despite the extensive injuries he sustained.
- They are keen to receive some tips on toilet training for Emily, who's three.
- Since we were keen to try their range of fish, we avoided ordering directly from the menu and instead asked for a special platter to be made up.
- The community includes some ex-offenders and takes referrals from the prison service, but charity chiefs were keen to point out that a whole range of people live there.
- I asked him why he thinks Kiwis are so keen for life on the edge.
- Many of you reading this will know that I am a keen player of that fine old brass instrument, the French Horn.
- The band were keen to promote some of their newer singles but snuck them in between old favourites to keep the crowd satisfied.
- The record was mostly recorded in a residential studio, as the band were keen to distance themselves from the distractions of everyday life.
2.1(sharp)(blade/edge) afilado(blade/edge) filoso Latin America(blade/edge) filudo Chile, Peru(breeze/wind) cortante
- The day was blessed with bright sunshine, although a keen wind cut through Windsor's streets.
- Gone was Friday's bright sunshine, replaced by cloud and a keen wind that made hardy souls of those camped out overnight outside Westminster Abbey or along The Mall.
- The steering arm thrums under their hand, the deck heaves beneath their feet and the keen salt wind cuts like a knife through even a good sealskin cloak.
- Overhead a keen, high altitude wind hauls thin streaks of cirrus across the bright, clear blue sky.
- Seizing an opportunity, he slashed upwards with his knife, the keen edge of his blade taking grip on the dog's neck.
- After many modifications, the end result is an extremely tough, durable and sturdy blade that retains a keen edge over many years.
- I stared at the knife in my hand for a long time, turning it over and over in my hands, admiring the keen edge and the gleaming metal that made the blade.
- But the treasure was in the blades - made of the finest bronze, honed to a keen edge.
- This is quality steel that takes and holds a keen edge.
- The dagger followed after and she leaned back to escape its bite but its keen edge sliced along her cheek, doing minimal damage.
- The knife was at her throat, its keen edge pressed against her larynx.
- Emma remembered when Rae had pressed the keen edge of the sword against her throat.
- He swept his black blade around in a flat, horizontal arc, watching in satisfaction as the keen edge drew nearer and nearer to Anya's midsection.
- The long blades were keen and the handles were sky blue with a silver pommel and cross-guard.
- The keen edge cut through his glove easily and into his hand, blood seeping from the cut and dripping onto the pavement.
2.2(acute)(hearing) muy fino(sight) agudo(sight) muy bueno(wit/intelligence) agudoa keen sense of smell — un agudo sentido del olfato
- she has a keen eye for business — tiene mucha visión para los negocios
- we need somebody with a keen eye for detail — necesitamos una persona observadora y detallista
- a keen understanding of the problem — una comprensión cabal del problema
- keen observers of the political scene — perspicaces observadores de la escena política
- With their poor eyesight and keen sense of smell, they can get dangerously close.
- They have keen hearing and good senses of vision and smell.
- The sense of smell is keen and the snout is used to probe when searching for food.
- Like a sharp pair of fangs, quick forelegs, or keen hearing, our adept mind has insured the survival of our species.
- His quick and strong wrists, his reflex action, and keen eyesight all figured in his ability to succeed as a hitter.
- Its sight is marvellously keen, hearing exceedingly acute, and sense of smell wonderfully perfect.
- In her latter years she suffered from failing eyesight and hearing but her other faculties remained keen and right to the end Mrs Rawlings retained an amazing memory of her life.
- Elves were known for their grace, beauty, keen eyesight, and sharp hearing.
- Most ray-finned fishes have keen hearing ability and sound production is common but not universal.
- Like most owls, Great Horned Owls have keen hearing and keen vision in low light, both adaptations for hunting at night.
- He is powerfully built, but lithe and well balanced, with a light footed, smooth and graceful gait, has a keen sense of smell and is well able to point, set and retrieve.
- Cover scents hide the hunter from an animal's keen sense of smell.
- In addition this animal has an exceptionally keen sense of smell.
- Deer are extremely cautious animals with keen senses of smell and hearing.
- Of course, it takes a keen military intellect to understand the strategic importance of blowing up empty buildings.
- He had a gentle, kindly manner, twinkling eyes and quick smile, a keen sense of humour and a penetrating wit.
- His sharp intellect, keen wit and urbane presence have been an asset of varying value to the Labour Party for almost 40 years.
- She was a very bright pupil of very keen intellect which stood her in good stead all through her long life.
- I was pleased with the fact that the court appeared to me to have a keen sense of understanding of what I thought were the critical issues.
- So it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories about the people and things she observed.
- His quick imagination, his keen humor, and his gentleness made his visits occasions for celebration.
- To her friends she is Karen, the self-assured and bright young woman, with a keen wit and plenty to say.
- His sharp insights are conveyed through keen intelligence, humor, and wit.
- He's made it to the top of his profession on his own terms, armed with a sharp intellect, a rakish charm, keen wit and passionate belief in justice.
- Quick intervention begins with keen sensitivity and sharp observation.
- Harriet has the keen judgment and discerning intellect necessary to be an outstanding Counsel.
- We will miss his keen mind, his insight, his gentle, gracious manner, his caring nature, his mischievous sense of humour and his support.
- Readers of my diary will recognise me as a wise, avuncular figure with a keen mind and big heart.
- The new leader will have to display strength of character, sturdiness of will, a keen intellect, a sense of humour and an ability to relate to the people of Scotland.
- ‘Feminine reason’ was about common sense and a keen perception of the everyday.
- She also developed a keen sense of the future of research.
- Reyes is old-school but not old-fashioned, and has a keen sense for the highs and lows of a jazz tune.
- she has a keen eye for business — tiene mucha visión para los negocios
2.3(intense, strong)(competition) muy reñido(interest/desire) vivohe has a keen appetite — tiene muy buen apetito
- Among Earnhardt's many passions was a keen love of deer hunting, fishing, and recreational activities.
- Cricket was my keen interest, my passion and my everlasting love.
- The league is set to provide a lot of interest and keen competition among the enthusiasts.
- Energy specialists project keen competition in Hungary by several foreign enterprises.
- The military, of course, took a keen interest in ensuring that all news was published ‘in the spirit of nationalism’.
- I await the outcome of this potentially interesting conference with keen anticipation.
- Anticipation is keen, excitement is not far away, people are living for the moment.
- Lara will again lead the team in this weekend's encounter, which promises to provide keen competition.
- This belief gave rise to a keen resentment which propelled many young people into political activism, and brought Duplessis to power in 1936.
- For the participating companies, of which there will be over 400, the keen competition and fun will help foster team spirit.
- The horsemen looking on with the keen anticipation of those about to be mightily entertained paid me the compliment of rapidly becoming bored.
- Graham forces the viewer to experience, at one and the same time, two intensely contrary feelings - deadpan irony and keen longing.
- The early exchanges were keen and only excellent defending by Castlecomer prevented Tralee capitalising on a number of offensive moves.
- While the number of competing clubs was down on last year's entry the competition was, nevertheless, keen with some excellent individual scoring.
- Once again a very keen and competitive atmosphere was enhanced by the good weather.
- Competition is keen, and price increases tend to be modest.
- Auction results consistently show that there is a keen demand here in Ireland for contemporary art at affordable prices by both Irish and international artists.
- Fewer, larger farms, low prices and keen competition have made the economic services of many cooperatives redundant.
- Most well-run companies will have mainstream costs under control and will have professional buyers negotiating keen prices for all raw materials.
- Prices are keen, starting at €19,500 for the 1.4 litre saloon and an extra €200 for the estate body.
- Ex-company cars at two to three years old can represent very good value for money if bought at keen prices, as they will have been serviced regularly under a lease plan.
- Although their wines require a little extra effort to find, they boast an obvious authenticity and have huge rarity appeal and keen prices.
- It combines an attractive compact unit with all the multimedia features needed for home use at a keen price.
- Prices are keen but beware that entry models have neither sun roof nor air conditioning.
- Prices will be announced closer to launch date but if the new 1.6 litre diesel can be sold at a keen price, it will be the clear winner.
- If they offer the car at a keen price, it should prove extremely popular with Irish buyers.
- I particularly like getting shops to match Internet-only prices, which combines the convenience of shopping on the high street with the Web's keen price tags!
- If they find it impossible to source local Irish produce at keen prices, they must ship in much of their supplies from England and the continent.
- However, these markets will be highly competitive, and consumers will demand keen prices.
- All artworks are on sale at very keen, competitive prices, so come along and enjoy the wonderful display.
- And then there is the possibility of tasting, and buying wines direct from the source, which may involve keen prices and/or acquiring rarities.
- You get the opportunity to enter a short description and you can see what other people are selling their copies for, giving you the opportunity to set a keen price if you want.
- Whether they will be able to keep offering such keen prices if the banks become more cautious about property lending remains to be seen.
- Buying locally where possible, combined with unpackaged fruit and veg, enables the company to sell its organic produce at keen prices.
- It makes no bones about offering reasonable food, at a keen price with friendly service.
- Their main aim is quality and value with keen prices.
- They will stock a huge range of toys at keen prices.
- Many Italian merchants ship internationally and at keen prices so it pays to do some leg work.
3US slang, dated(very good)genialchévere Latin Americafetén Spain slang
- She could hear voices speaking in soothing tones, but Anna keened and wailed, and Kathleen tried not to imagine the scene on the other side of the door.
- Act Three ends powerfully, with the village in flames, good Soviet citizens hanging by their necks, and keening women, including one who is given a ‘mad scene’ of sorts.
- They cried, they keened, they wailed.
- They keened and wailed outside the gates for hours.
- When another daughter died in infancy she keened and mourned over the body for hours until the body finally had to be taken from her.
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