By their very nature, idioms don’t make any sense. Idioms are metaphors that have gotten out of hand, they’ve abandoned the rules of grammar and have taken on a meaning of their own. Idioms can be difficult to understand in isolation, but can be very fun once you get the hang of them.
“Idiom: a phrase not directly translatable whose meaning is generally understood amongst a population.”Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language 2nd Edition
Talking complete non-sense and making perfect sense at the same time can make you feel a cut above the rest. Most importantly, idioms are a key part of the English language, they just need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
How did you do? If you or your students need to brush up on your idioms knowledge, take a look at our Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language 2nd Edition series.
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