Idioms combination of words that has a figurative meaning .Meaning Of Idioms cannot be understood by refering an english dictionary.
For example, ” easygoing “An English dictionary would explain that “easy ” means simple, not difficult “, and that ” going ” means traveling from one place to another. Thus you could literally translate easygoing as meaning the path from one place to another is not complicated or physically far, by adding together these dictionary meanings. But this interpretation is NOT CORRECT. Idiomatically, we mean that such a person’s personality is warm, friendly, pleasant, and helpful.
- A piece of cake
Meaning: Easy, simple to do, no difficulties.
- A drop in the ocean
Meaning: A very small part of something.
Idioms and Their Meanings.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder
- Et tu, Brutus?
- Brand spanking new
- Break a leg
- Cat bird seat
- Chew the fat
- Clear as bell
- Cold Turkey
Meaning: You love a person more when they are away.
Meaning: Apparently the last words of Julius Caesar.
Meaning: A new or unused object.
Meaning: To wish good luck.
Meaning: To be a vantage point.
Meaning: To talk about unimportant things.
Meaning: To be understood clearly.
Meaning: To quit something abruptly and experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Idioms with Examples
* Blessing in disguise
Something good which isn’t recognized in the first instant.
Eg.Getting out of the place was a blessing in disguise for me.
* A doubting Thomas
A skeptic person who needs a tangible evidence to believe.
Eg.My boss is a doubting Thomas, there is no point trying to convince him.
* A dime a dozen
Something that is available in plenty and commonly.
Eg.Such bags are available dime a dozen on Fashion Street.
* A leopard can’t change his spots
You can’t change who you are.
Eg.It’s true a leopard can’t change his spots, but he sure can change his strategy.
* Against the clock
A hectic dash or running against time.
Eg.Finishing the paper was a race against the clock.
* Cry wolf
To intentionally give a false alarm.
Eg.“Stop crying wolf, or else no one will come to your help in case of need.”
* Devil’s advocate
Someone who takes a position in an argument without knowing the truth. Or someone who counters the argument without believing in it.
Eg.He is just playing devil’s advocate. Don’t fall for the trap.
* Turn over a new leaf
Changing for the better
Eg.After Ajith was released from prison, he decided to turn over a new leaf and become an honest man.
* Hit below the belt
To act in an unfair matter
Eg.The candidate of the opposition party spread false rumours about the Minister. People felt that he was hitting below the belt.
* Gift of the gab
The ability to speak well
Eg.The ability to speak well
The 3 articles in English are a, an and the. The learner has to decide noun-by-noun which one of the articles to use.
The word a (which becomes an when the next word begins with a vowel – a, e, i, o, u) is called the indefinite article because the noun it goes with is indefinite or general. The meaning of the article a is similar to the number one, but one is stronger and gives more emphasis. It is possible to say I have a book or I have one book, but the second sententence emphasizes that I do not have two or three or some other number of books.
The word the is known as the definite article and indicates a specific thing. The difference between the sentences I sat on a chair and I sat on the chair is that the second sentence refers to a particular, specific chair, not just any chair.
Many nouns, especially singular forms of countable nouns must have an article. In English, it is not possible to say I sat on chair without an article, but a demonstrative or possessive adjective can be used instead of an article as in the sentences I sat on that chair and I sat on his chair.
You cannot say a/an with an uncount noun.
You cannot put a number in front of an uncount noun. (You cannot make an uncount noun plural.)
You use an uncount noun with no article if you mean that thing in general.
You use the with an uncount noun when you are talking about a particular example of that thing.
You can put a number in front of a count noun. (You can make a count noun plural.)
You can put both a/an and the in front of a count noun.
You must put an article** in front of a singular count noun.
You use a plural count noun with no article if you mean all or any of that thing.
You usually use a/an with a count noun the first time you say or write that noun.
You use the with count nouns:
the second and subsequent times you use the noun in a piece of speech or writing
when the listener knows what you are referring to (maybe because there is only one of that thing)
You use an (not a) when the next word (adverb, adjective, noun) starts with a vowel sound.
The above rules apply whether there is or there is not an adjective in front of the noun.
Some nouns can be either count or uncount, depending on the context and meaning:
Do you have paper? I want to draw a picture. (uncount = a sheet of paper)
Can you get me a paper when you’re at the shop? (count = a newspaper)
Uncount nouns are often preceded by phrases such as: a lot of .. (luck), a piece of .. (cake), a bottle of .. (milk), a grain of .. (rice).
* Instead of an article, the noun can also be preceded by a determiner such as this, that, some, many or my, his, our, etc
Following are some of the most important guidelines listed above, with example sentences:
|You use an uncount noun with no article
if you mean all or any of that thing.
|I need help!
I don’t eat cheese.
Do you like music?
|You use the with an uncount
noun when you are talking about
a particular example of that thing.
|Thanks for the help you gave me yesterday.
I didn’t eat the cheese. It was green!
Did you like the music they played at the dance?
|You usually use a/an with a count noun
the first time you say or write that noun.
|Can I borrow a pencil, please?
There’s a cat in the garden!
Do you have an mp3 player?
|You use the with count nouns the second
and subsequent times you use the noun,
or when the listener already knows what you
are referring to (maybe because there is
only one of that thing).
|Where’s the pencil I lent you yesterday?
I think the cat belongs to the new neighbours.
I dropped the mp3 player and it broke.
Please shut the door!
|You use a plural count noun with no
article if you mean all or any of that thing.
|I don’t like dogs.
Do they have children?
I don’t need questions. Give me answers!