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    Hello.

    Here's a dialog.

    Mary: How do you like physics?
    Bob: (_________________.)


    What can Bob possibly say if he's very poor at physics?

    1. I throw up my hands.
    2. I'm in over my head.
    3. Physics is over my head.
    4. I'm out of my depth at physics.

    I think that #1, #3 and #4 fit here, but I wonder if #2 does. It's simply that he's being asked how he likes physics. He's not being asked if he's in a good or bad situation.

    Definition of head, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    < be/get in over your head >
    to be or become involved in a situation in which you do not have the necessary skills, knowledge, or money to succeed
    -- Inexperienced investors may indeed have been in over their heads.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    I think that #1, #3 and #4 fit here, but I wonder if #2 does. It's simply that he's being asked how he likes physics. He's not being asked if he's in a good or bad situation.

    Definition of head, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free American English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    < be/get in over your head >
    to be or become involved in a situation in which you do not have the necessary skills, knowledge, or money to succeed
    -- Inexperienced investors may indeed have been in over their heads.

    Thank you.
    Two and three are typical expressions. Bob could say one of those.

    Mary: How do you like physics?
    Bob: (_________________.)

    What can Bob possibly say if he's very poor at physics?

    1. I throw up my hands.
    2. I'm in over my head.
    3. Physics is over my head.
    4. I'm out of my depth at physics.

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    It's just that Mary is asking Bob how he likes physics. No one knows if he's in a bad situation. I think that Bob can say "I'm in over my head" with "when it comes to physics."

    - When it comes to physics, I'm in over my head.

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    Default Re: be/get in over your head

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    It's just that Mary is asking Bob how he likes physics. No one knows if he's in a bad situation. I think that Bob can say "I'm in over my head" with "when it comes to physics."

    - When it comes to physics, I'm in over my head.
    Yes, that makes sense. It's logical, considering it's understood that this is a challenging study.

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