Lesson Twelve: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Last updated: July 11, 2017 at 14:09 pm

barking photoPeople often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm, undeniable evidence of the truth instead jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the world may not be a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Bark: woof, howl, growl, snarl, yowl

Blame: responsibility, guilt, culpability, fault, blameworthiness, liability, burden

Mistake: error, oversight, misstep, slip, lapse, muddle, blunder

Shout: yell, scream, bellow, bawl, holler, roar, cry

Silently: noiselessly, mutely, without a sound, like a ghost, wordlessly

Barking up the Wrong Tree: Part 2

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm evidence before jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the world isn’t a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Suspect: think, believe, deduce, construe, imagine, infer, conjecture, presume

Wrong: immoral, wicked, dishonest, illegal, criminal, iniquitous, sinful, improper

Caused: triggered, instigated, precipitated, hastened, generated, produced

Innocent: blameless, guiltless, spotless, unblemished, irreproachable, clean

Remember: recall, bear in mind, keep in mind, consider, take into account

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you ________ that something ________ was ________ by a person who is, in reality, an _________ person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to ___________ that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm evidence before jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the world isn’t a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Barking up the Wrong Tree: Part 3

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm evidence before jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the world isn’t a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Dangerous: unsafe, perilous, precarious, risky

Always: forever, for all time, at all times, all the time, constantly, continuously, permanently

Firm: solid, hard, rigid, dense, compact, unyielding, fixed, certain, concrete, positive,

Evidence: proof, confirmation, facts, data, substantiation, verification, support

Conclusion: deduction, assumption, inference, supposition, guess, idea

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is ____________ to live your life by assumptions. ___________ have _________ _________ before jumping to a ____________. Whereas on one hand the world isn’t a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Barking up the Wrong Tree: Part 4

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm evidence before jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the world isn’t a perfect place, we often misjudge people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very well-meaning intentions.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

World: earth, planet, globe, habitation of humans

Perfect: ideal, flawless, faultless, seamless, supreme, idyllic, heavenly

Misjudge: misinterpret, get the wrong idea about, misconstrue, misread, misapprehend

Well-meaning: fair, honest, just, virtuous, righteous, moral, upright, honorable, blameless

Intentions: purposes, aims, intents, goals, objectives, plans

People often bark up the wrong tree, meaning that they put the blame for something bad on someone who is not responsible at all. And whether we like it or believe it or not, many of us often make this mistake.

Barking up the wrong tree doesn’t mean that you have to shout and make a big noise. You could silently bark up the wrong tree. If you suspect that something wrong was caused by a person who is, in reality, an innocent person, you are silently barking up the wrong tree.

Before you make this mistake, try to remember that it is dangerous to live your life by assumptions. Always have firm evidence before jumping to a conclusion. Whereas on one hand the ___________ isn’t a __________ place, we often __________ people who are blameless and misinterpret people who are with very ______________ _____________.

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