Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) change in character or composition
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    • alter clothing/design/perception
  • Analysis
    To alter something means to 'change something' in some way. This verb is often used to talk about altering clothes or altering plans. It can be used in social and professional contexts. A verb with a similar meaning is 'to adjust'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The architect's design plans were altered when the client voiced her concerns.
    2. The bride-to-be had her dress altered prior to the wedding as it was uncomfortable.
    3. I left my suit in for alteration, but didn't get it back in time for my graduation.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The accusations against the Church altered public perception and caused irrevocable damage.
    2. The client has requested that we alter the copy slightly to appeal to a more sophisticated demographic.
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