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    Question Problem of idiom

    Hello all, I have a question for all of you.
    Can you explain that idiom "THAT WENT WELL'' for me? I don't understand.
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    Re: Problem of idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by trangwin25 View Post
    Hello all, I have a question for all of you.
    Can you explain that idiom "THAT WENT WELL'' for me? I don't understand.
    Thank you so much!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Trangwin:


    You go to a big company to interview for a job. The interview

    lasts 30 minutes. You then leave the building with a big smile

    and you think to yourself: That went well.


    That = the interview

    went = proceeded/ turned out

    well = in a very good way


    In other words, you think that you made a good impression at the

    interview and you expect them to call you very soon with a job

    offer.


    James

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    Re: Problem of idiom

    Note that it's often used sarcastically, when things went very badly indeed.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Problem of idiom

    So, this idiom has 2 different means like that?

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    Re: Problem of idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by trangwin25 View Post
    So, this idiom has 2 different means like that?
    Yes.

    Literally it means that the situation had a satisfactory result.

    In a sarcastic sense (as evidenced by both the actual event and the tone of voice used) it means that the end result wasn't satisfactory at all, in fact it was disastrous.

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    Re: Problem of idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by trangwin25 View Post
    So, this idiom has two different meanings like that?
    Many expressions have two meanings depending on the context, tone of voice etc: a literal one and a sarcastic one.

    For example, I've just failed my driving test. I go home and say 'I did really well - ran into a parked car.' That's sarcastic.

    A lot of people don't understand sarcasm, so to make sure a sarcastic remark is recognised as such, I might add not - like this:

    'Yippee! Another birthday! I always wanted to be 50. . . not.'

    Rover

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