fixing vs preparing : Common Errors in English

About fixing vs preparing

“Fixing” as a synonym of “getting ready” is a feature of several dialects of U.S. English, especially rural and Southern ones: “I’m fixin’ to take this pie over to the parsonage.” Using it outside of these dialects risks making you sound unsophisticated.

fixing Meaning(s)

  • (n) the act of putting something in working order again
  • (n) restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  • (n) the sterilization of an animal
  • (n) (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body

fixing in News

  1. Apple E-Book Price Fixing Testimony: Eddy Cue Admits That Prices Increased After iBookstore Debuted

    The Apple e-Book pricing fixing lawsuit is currently underway and on Thursday morning Vice President for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, testified about the company’s part in allegedly increasing the cost of e-book sales. The Department of Justice is suing Apple for what it sees as an antitrust maneuver conducted by the tech giant. Eddy Cue [...] Apple E-Book Price Fixing Testimony ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  2. Apple exec Eddy Cue denies price-fixing allegations at NY e-books trial

    NEW YORK — A top Apple Inc. executive described as Steve Jobs' right-hand man took the witness stand at a Manhattan price-fixing trial and denied scheming with major book publishers to drive up the cost of electronic books.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Soccer-Swedish club reports itself to police over match-fixing suspicions

    STOCKHOLM, June 13 - Swedish fourth-tier side Syrianska Kerburan have taken the unusual step of reporting themselves to police over suspicions of match-fixing, according to a club statement. Bookmakers stopped taking money on Syrianska's home league game against Kvarnshedens IK after large bets were placed on the away side. Syrianska lost the tie 5-1. The club said they took the "unanimous ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

preparing in News

  1. Consumers Energy preparing for severe storms

    Consumers Energy is preparing for possible power outages due to anticipated severe weather, and the utility urges customers to be ready in case of a storm.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WZZM 13 Grand Rapids

  2. Preparing for any kind of scenario

    ROCHESTER, MN — They fight more than just fires and crews in our area are preparing for whatever they may face. The Rochester Fire Department went to an area water tower and practiced a rescue scenario for a person painting a water tower.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KIMT Mason City

  3. Preparing Elementary Students for the Next Generation Science Standards

    Preparing for tomorrow is what this multifaceted book is all about. With contributions from Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy; a
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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