How to Use DEMONSTRATE and PENETRATE in Different Ways. | Different Uses of Demonstrate and Penetrate


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Use of DEMONSTRATE as a Verb

The word DEMONSTRATE is a verb that has more than one meaning. You must learn how to use this word correctly in English writing and speaking.

Let's Learn How to Use the Word in Four Different Ways,


A) The word DEMONSTRATE means 'To show or make something clear by giving proof or evidence' (To show something clearly by giving proof or evidence). | To show clearly that something is true or that it exists; Prove | To demonstrate a fact means to make it clear to people or to prove it to be true by giving proof or evidence.

Now, have a look at the following sentences,

1) Using this chart, I'd like to demonstrate the growth rate of our company.

2) These charts clearly demonstrate the size of the economic problem facing the country.

3) Research has demonstrated that babies can recognize their mother's voice very soon after birth.

4) These problems demonstrate the importance of strategic planning.

5) The study also demonstrated a direct link between obesity and morality.

6) I'd like to demonstrate my skill at chess.

7) An experiment intended to demonstrate the importance of family relationships.


* Synonyms: Show, Evidence, Express, Display


* Demonstrate that... New research convincingly demonstrates that age-related memory loss is not inevitable. | The study demonstrates that cigarette advertising does encourage children to smoke. | You must have to demonstrate that you are reliable.

* Demonstrate something: These paintings demonstrate his extraordinary ability as a portrait painter. | 
This new anthology amply demonstrates the range and vitality of modern Scottish poetry.

* Demonstrate how, what, etc... This study clearly demonstrates how fishing can affect an ecosystem.

* Demonstrate something to somebody: Let me demonstrate to you some of the difficulties we are facing.

* If you demonstrate a particular skill, quality, or feeling, you show by your actions that you have it. For example, You must have to demonstrate that you are reliable.

* Demonstrate somebody/something to be something: The theories were demonstrated to be false.

* It is demonstrated that... It has been demonstrated that this drug is effective.


B) DEMONSTRATE means 'To show and explain (to somebody) how to do something or how something works'. | To show something and explain how it works or to show how to do something | To show something, or show someone how to do something, or how a system or product works | To show someone how to do something by doing it yourself.

Let's see some examples of this type,

1) The crew demonstrated the use of life jackets just after take-off.

2) Various techniques will be demonstrated by the professionals.

3) The teacher demonstrated how to use the equipment.

4) The surgeon demonstrated the use of lasers for certain operations.


* If you demonstrate something, you show people how to do something or how it works. For example, The developers demonstrated how to use the new software for our business management.

Demonstrate sth to sb: We asked all the members to come and demonstrate the new invoicing system to the staff.

* Demonstrate something: The gallery's experts demonstrated some conservation techniques.

* Demonstrate something to somebody: The system was demonstrated to officials from 17 countries.

* Demonstrate (to somebody) how, what, etc... Let me demonstrate to all of you how the new technology works.



C) DEMONSTRATE also means 'To make a public expression that you are not satisfied with something or that you strongly support something, esp. by marching or having a meeting'. | To protest about something with other people in a public place.

When people demonstrate, they march to gather somewhere to show their opposition to something or their support for something. | To take part in a public meeting or march (= an organized walk by a group of people), usually as a protest or to show support for something

Read the sentences given below very carefully,

1) Hundreds of people gathered to demonstrate against the new proposals.

2) The right to demonstrate peacefully.

3) Thousands of angry farmers demonstrated against possible cuts in subsidies.

4) Thousands of people demonstrated outside the parliament building against the new bills.

5) Hundreds of protesters are demonstrating outside the court.


* Synonyms: March, Protest, Rally, Object

* Demonstrate against something: Students are demonstrating against the war. | Hundreds of students had gathered to demonstrate against the budget cuts.


* Demonstrate for something: Their objective was to demonstrate peacefully for civil rights. | They are demonstrating in support of free higher education.



D) DEMONSTRATE also means 'To express or show that you have a particular feeling, quality, ability or opinion'.

Let's Take Some Examples for Understanding,

1) He has demonstrated a genuine interest in the project.

2) His answer demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of the question.

4) We want to demonstrate our commitment to human rights.

5) Students must demonstrate a willingness to work with others.


* Synonym: Display

Demonstrate something: To show by your actions that you have a particular quality, feeling or opinion

Important Notes

1) To demonstrate a fact means to make it clear to other people. For example, They must have to demonstrate that they are reliable. | Synonyms: Prove, show, establish, indicate

2) If you demonstrate something, you show people how it works or how to do it. For example, A style consultant will demonstrate how to dress to impress someone.

3) When people demonstrate, they march or gather somewhere to show their opposition to something or their support for something. For example, Thousands of people are demonstrating outside the parliament building against the newly passed bills. | Synonyms: March, protest, rally, object

4) If you demonstrate a particular skill, quality, or feeling, you show by your actions that you have it. For example, Have they demonstrated a commitment to democracy? | Synonyms: Show, evidence, display, express

Uses of Penetrate as A Verb in English

The word 'penetrate' has more than one meaning. Let's know them one by one.

A) The word 'penetrate' means 'to go through or into something, especially when this is difficult (to go into or through something)'.

Let's Take Some Examples,

1) The knife penetrated eight centimetres deep into his chest.

2) Fine particles like dust and silicon penetrate deep into the lungs and cause inhaling problems.

3) There's a narrow alley behind the temple where the sun never penetrates.

* Penetrate something: The knife had penetrated his chest | The sun's radiation penetrates the skin.


B) The word 'penetrate' also means 'to manage to understand something difficult'. | Penetrate something to understand or discover something that is difficult to understand or is hidden.

Have A Look At The Sentences Below,

1) Science can penetrate many of nature's mysteries.

2) An inscription that is difficult to penetrate.

3) No one could penetrate the meaning of that Ancient Cave Painting.


C) Penetrate also means 'to succeed in entering or joining an organization, a group, etc. especially when this is difficult to do.

Read The Following Sentences Very Carefully,

1) (Penetrate something) This year the party has been penetrated by some extremists. | The company is trying to penetrate new markets in western countries.(= The company is trying to sell their products there.)


D) Penetrate something to see or show a way into or through something: 

For example, Our eyes could not penetrate the darkness. | The Sunlight barely penetrates the inner rooms of these buildings.


E) To be understood or realized by somebody.

Penetrate something: For example, None of my advice could penetrate his thick skull (= He has not listened to any of my advice | He could not understand or realize what I advised him.)



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