Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

avoid

avoid
Meaning(s)
1) be indirect; step around sth or sb (physically or figuratively)
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    • avoid the situation/each other, problem was avoidable/unavoidable
  • Analysis
    To avoid something means to prevent something from happening or to keep from doing something. You can avoid a task, a person or a location. Usually, you might avoid things that are unsafe, unpleasant or difficult. This verb can be used equally in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I haven't seen you in weeks. Are you avoiding me?
    2. Try to avoid the pothole. Otherwise, you might have an accident.
    3. Look, you can't avoid the situation forever. Just go and talk to them.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I think the problem was completely avoidable. You should have done your research beforehand.
    2. You could have avoided this situation if you had dealt with the problem earlier.
    3. Look...it was bound to happen. It was completely unavoidable. There's nothing you could have done.
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