01. My son has been [idle] for weeks. He really needs to find himself a summer job.
02. Our city's buses are sitting [idle] today due to a strike by maintenance workers.
03. The city's road crew has been [idled] by poor weather.
04. The factories have been [idle] for weeks now due to the strike.
05. His frequent [idleness] at work eventually cost him his job.
06. They chatted [idly] about their children while they waited for their bus.
07. The plane [idled] on the runway while they waited for permission to take off.
08. Don't leave the car [idling] too long; it's a waste of gas.
09. We talked [idly] for about twenty minutes until the train came.
10. These [idle] secretaries do nothing all day but sit around and gossip.
11. I can't sit [idly] by while you do all the work. Please let me help you.
12. Floyd Dell once suggested that [idleness] is not doing nothing. [Idleness] is being free to do anything.
13. Thomas Jefferson once advised, "Determine never to be [idle]. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."
14. Benjamin Franklin once observed that it is the working man who is the happy man. It is the [idle] man who is the miserable man.
15. The Buddha taught that to be [idle] is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are [idle], wise people are diligent.
16. An old saying tells us that an [idle] brain is the devil's workshop.
17. A Gaelic proverb warns that evil thoughts often come from [idleness].
18. A Dutch proverb warns that poverty is the reward of [idleness].
19. In less than ten minutes an [idling] car will produce double the pollution of a car that is turned off and then restarted.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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