5 Useful Conversational Idioms
Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 colloquial phrases, all of them great for spicing up your conversational vocabulary!
To be Stuck in a rut
To be trapped without any new ideas or motivation. This phrase is thought to have come from the early 1800s when wagons would commonly get stuck in a rut or a worn in groove in the path.
- I need to get a new job, I’ve been here for 20 years and I’m stuck in a rut.
Follow in the Footsteps
To do the same thing as somebody else.
- He started his own business, following in his father’s footsteps.
It Turns out That….
The result is/was
- I always thought that I preferred English food however as it turns out, I think that I actually prefer Spanish food.
To do Something From Scratch.
To do something from the beginning. Originally the scratch referred to the starting line of a race, so somebody running a race would start from the scratch.
- He started his own business from scratch.
To Give it a Shot
To attempt or try something
- Q: Do you mind if I try out your new car?
- A: Yeah sure, give it a shot!
Now let’s see if you can use them in context!
- So rather surprisingly____________ that he was stealing money from his friend all along!
- Normally I don’t like Chinese food but I’ll ______________ though!
- He is very influenced by everything John does, in many ways he is ___________________.
- I need some creative inspiration, I’m ____________!
- I’ve always wanted to make pasta starting ____________.