English idioms and phrases

March 27, 2022

What are idioms?

Idioms are expressions where the meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words.

For example, We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. is an idiom meaning ‘Let’s not talk about that problem right now’ or ‘to not worry about a possible problem until it happens.’

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” in a sentence. “If we don’t sell our car, we will cross that bridge when come to it.”

We often find idioms are formed from phrasal verbs.

An example: Fortunately, their car broke down 1 mile from home.

Why should I learn idioms?

In order to sound like a fluent native English speaker in everyday conversations, it is critical to know idioms to speak English in informal conversations. Many English idioms are colloquial meaning they are used in everyday informal conversations rather than in writing or formal language.

One example of the most popular idioms in English is: It turned out to be a blessing in disguise which means it turned out a lot better than it seemed at first or a good thing that seemed bad at first.

 English idioms examples with meaning and phrases to help you speak fluent English

 

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