Idioms are everywhere in English. They help make our language more interesting, and they help us communicate complex ideas with very short phrases.
The trouble with this is that idioms can be difficult for people to grasp! An idiom is a phrase that does not follow its literal meaning but is understood because of common usage. Younger students, or students for whom English is not their first language, can thus find idioms confusing if they do not already know the commonly understood meaning of an idiom.
This lesson will review many common idioms, and then draw a distinction between idioms, proverbs (a saying that communicates a broad truth or lesson), and adages (a proverb that has been used for a long time and is well understood).
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