Language Tips


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Liz Potter
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In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at ways of using the core verb walk:


  • I generally walk to work.
  • Shall we walk or take the bus?
  • She walks three miles every day.
  • Greg walked slowly towards her, smiling.
  • Howard walked in with two men I’d never seen before.
  • As we walked along she told me about her plans.
  • I walked across the noisy playground to the main entrance.
  • Jamie often walks around the block to clear his head.
  • He walked slowly and unsteadily down the hall.

have a walk or go for a walk or take a walk:

  • I try to go for a walk every day.
  • Feel free to take a walk around the garden.

on foot You can use the phrase on foot to say that you walked somewhere rather than using a vehicle:

  • ‘Did you drive?’ ‘No, I came on foot.’
  • The bus didn’t come so we set off on foot.

Next week we will look at verbs and phrases that mean to walk slowly and without purpose.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘walk‘.

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