Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 1,038
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    in the same breath

    Are the following sentences acceptable?
    What does it mean by the idiom "in the same breath" ?

    (1) The two things can't be mentioned in the same breath.

    (2) Don't mention him and me in the same breath.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 10,369
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: in the same breath

    Think of it literally. It means do not speak of them at the same time. If you say one thing and then another "in the same breath" then you are speaking of them within a very short time.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: in the same breath

    For me, it also has the idea that by saying them together, you are associating them in some way (and shouldn't).

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: in the same breath

    And, to answer the original question, yes they are. (acceptable)

    b

Similar Threads

  1. a single breath
    By Jaskin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2009, 17:18
  2. [General] Caught her breath
    By supada in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Dec-2008, 05:09
  3. breath
    By peter123 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Dec-2007, 13:22
  4. you take my breath away
    By blouen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2007, 05:55
  5. breath
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Dec-2006, 15:08

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •