01. I really [envy] my children because they are being raised to speak both English and French.
02. Russia's natural resources are the [envy] of many countries around the globe.
03. It's hard not to [envy] people who seem to have so much natural ability that they are able to pick up a new sport almost without effort.
04. The girls gazed in [envy] at Charlotte as she arrived at the dance with the most popular guy in class.
05. The dynamic economy of the U. S. is the [envy] of the world.
06. I don't [envy] movie stars; they have no privacy, and can't live a simple life like we do.
07. Karl Menninger once said that we need criminals to identify ourselves with, to secretly [envy], and to stoutly punish. They do for us the forbidden, illegal things we wish to do.
08. Jim Rohn once observed that the few who do are the [envy] of the many who only watch.
09. In matters of jewelry and fashion, Etruscan women were the [envy] of the women of both ancient Greece and Rome.
10. Canada is the [envy] of the many countries where fresh water is scarce.
11. There is a Chinese proverb which states that the torment of [envy] is like a grain of sand in the eye.
12. There is a Danish proverb which observes that rust consumes iron, and [envy] consumes itself.
13. Sweden has achieved an [enviable] standard of living under a mixed system of capitalism, and strong social welfare benefits.
14. Oscar Levant once remarked, "I [envy] people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on."

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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