If you are learning English, it is important to know binomial pairs and the way they are used while speaking in English. A binomial pair is an expression containing two words which are joined by a conjunction (usually ‘and’ or ‘or’). The word order of a binomial pair is usually fixed. In this lesson today you will learn binomial pairs using the conjunction ‘or’
Sooner or later –
This expression means that something will definitely happen, although it is not when it will happen.
Example – We are all going to die sooner or later.
More or less –
Using this expression means speaking imprecisely / approximately.
Example – Just give me another minute – I’ve more or less finished.
Take it or leave it –
When you negotiate using this expression is your last offer: you are not going to negotiation further or allow the other person to negotiate
Example – $300 is my final offer for this gown, you may take it or leave it.
Make or break –
To be the factor which decides whether (something) will succeed or fail.
Example – This football match is a make or break for us. If we lose this we are out of the league.
Win or Lose –
It means whether you succeed or fail/ no matter what
Example – win or lose, the important thing for him is to set a good example to his side.
Now or never –
his expression is used to convey urgency.
Example – It was now or never, I had to move fast and help them to win the game.