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    They were loking for a new lease of life.

    Hello,

    One of the expressions we studied the other day was 'get a new lease of life' which has the following definition: 'If
    someone gets a new lease of life, they feel healthy and positive after a period of illness.'
    After watching the video 'For the First Time' by the Script, a student tried to describe his understanding of the plot,
    and used the expression this way:
    'The story is about a young Irish couple who moved across the pond, probably searching for a new lease of life, but, unfortunately, everything turned out bad.'

    Does the searching for a new lease of life part sound OK in this context? For me it does, but I am not a native speaker.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: They were loking for a new lease of life.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    One of the expressions we studied the other day was 'get a new lease of life' which has the following definition: 'If
    someone gets a new lease of life, they feel healthy and positive after a period of illness.'
    After watching the video 'For the First Time' by the Script, a student tried to describe his understanding of the plot,
    and used the expression this way:
    'The story is about a young Irish couple who moved across the pond, probably searching for a new lease of life, but, unfortunately, everything turned out bad.'

    Does the searching for a new lease of life part sound OK in this context? For me it does, but I am not a native speaker.

    Thank you in advance.
    I believe that the saying is "A new lease on life". This is usually understood to mean that a person has an opportunity to begin anew. I can't see how feeling healthy or positive has anything to do with this saying. Consider that a person has a heart operation and his heart condition is improved as a result of the operation. It can be said that he has a new lease on life but his emotional feelings are not a part of this matter.

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    Re: They were loking for a new lease of life.

    In AmE we say "new lease on life", but in BrE it's "new lease of life."

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