3 reasons to focus on Idioms & Phrases for your Exam
Have you caught yourself not following someone in their conversation cos they said something like "Cat got your tongue" uh! and you're wondering why is he or she saying strange things right in the middle of their conversation. Well, my friend that's an idiom right there which means " Why are you not saying anything". What an awkward situation to be in when a response is expected out of you and you're merely standing, not understanding the expression at all.
Idioms can be tricky as they have a hidden meaning. The individual words in the phrase give a completely different meaning than the combined phrase.
For e.g. the idiom "Break a leg". The literal meaning is that I’m asking you to break your leg where you’ll end up with a cast on your leg however the idiomatic meaning is 'Do your best and good luck' , so you see that Idioms are expressions that don’t mean exactly the way they are stated.
Here, we will discover 3 reasons how knowledge on Idioms & Phrases can actually help us score better in our exam.
Reason 1: It aids in understanding context quickly.
For e.g. You have an idiomatic phrase in a reading comprehension or theme detection passage, you recognize it, you recollect meaning and understand what the context is trying to convey. Eases tension and is definitely a time saver.
Reason 2: You have a separate question pattern on Idioms and phrases for either 5 or 10 whole marks in your exam paper.
Sometimes the idiom appears within a context which is relatively easier compared to when it appears as a standalone question where you’ll have to identify the right option that conveys the correct meaning without any background assisting you. Either way it pays to know what that idiom means.
Reason 3: Knowledge on idiom improves your comprehension skills and your communication skills.
As we saw in the beginning, when someone uses an idiomatic expression in their speech you are able to follow and react appropriately. The same applies while reading ,you understand the context in its entirety. Using idioms while speaking and writing reflects on your communication skills. It adds richness and variety projecting you as someone who has good command over the English language.
So, now you know why you need to get familiar with as many idioms & phrases as possible. Learn more to score more both while writing and speaking.
All the Best!