Exciting Adventures in the English Language and Culture

Month: October 2020

The language of mistake

Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay

You will have heard the old saying ‘The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything’. Its authorship is ascribed to various great minds including Theodore Roosevelt. However, who was the first to formulate this idea is of far less importance than its message – it’s OK to make mistakes, it happens to the best of us and, as I mentioned in one of my older posts, we should actually be grateful to our mistakes as they help us to learn.

Let’s have a look at some words and expressions we use to talk about things that went wrong.

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How to: Part 2

Image by mohamed_hassan from Pixabay

Imagine you’ve eaten a lot of food and can’t eat any more. How do you say that in English? As always, there’s more than one option to choose from:

I’ve had my fill is the most formal of the four.

I’m full is neutral, whereas

I’m stuffed and If I eat any more, I’ll burst are informal.

Take your pick!

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