2 English Idioms You Need To Be Careful With Literally And Figuratively Ep 443
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English Idioms Can Be Tricky ✔Lesson transcript: https://adeptenglish.com/lessons/english-idioms-9/

We often use English idioms in a way that needs more imagination to get the meaning than you might  expect. Today we cover 2 idioms that could not be more different in  their meaning, however they both can be dangerous to us if used  improperly. Idioms are fun really, it’s handy to know what the most  common ones mean as it would surprise you just how often you will hear  them in everyday English conversations.

You many not have come across the words figuratively and literally before so I’ve provided links to the meaning of these words. Literally  means translating the words one by one and not pulling them together to  create a greater meaning. Figuratively means you are being asked to take  the English words and phrases and comprehend their meaning and then use  them to imagine a more involved meaning.

So  I might say “It was a low blow”, if you were to take this literally you  might think about wind a breeze or something happening low to the  ground. What I’m actually figuratively saying is that an action took  place that was unfair. Tricky stuff for new English language learners.

Unless you learn to spot these metaphorical phrases, you will probably get tripped up by them every now and again.  The good news is any Native English speaker probably won’t even notice.  This type of conversation using idioms and figurative speech is often  just thrown in to speed up the conversation or make it more colourful.  You either get it or you don’t, but it probably won’t stop you from  communication with an English speaker in any meaningful way.

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