⭕ Useful English Phrases ⭕
⭕ All languages have phrases that cannot be understood literally and, therefore, cannot be used with confidence. They are opaque or unpredictable because they don’t have expected, literal meaning. Even if you know the meaning of all the words in a phrase and understand all the grammar of the phrase completely, the meaning of the phrase may still be confusing. A phrase or sentence of this type is said to be idiomatic.
⭕ Idioms usually do not translate well; in some cases, when an idiom is translated directly word-for-word into another language, either its meaning is changed or it is meaningless. There are thousands of idioms, and they occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language.
⭕ As you learn English, you’ll quickly realize there are lots of words and phrases that have multiple meanings or that don’t appear in the dictionary at all! Don’t worry, as you become more fluent in English, you’ll continue to learn different phrases and become more comfortable using them.
⭕ The Brits are a funny people. They have weird accents, are unnecessarily polite and say a lot of things that just don’t make sense. How well do you know common English phrases? Give our quiz a try and see if you could fit in?