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    I came across a phrase/idiom which is in Spanish and it English meaning is : " I can see the beach from my office !". The Spanish version is : " desde mi oficina puedo ver la playa !". However, except its English version, there is no further explanation of the idiom on the site (twitter.com/daily_idiom) where I read it. I am not yet able to catch its meaning. Grateful for help.

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    What makes you think this is an idiom instead of a literal phrase?
    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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    Because I read it in the list of idioms on site "twitter.com/daily_idioms" while googling for daily idiom. It is also mentioned that it is a Spanish idiom.

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    This has been retweeted by "@daily_idiom" from the site "Spanish Word per Day" which provides "Spanish words and useful expressions".
    I don't know if it is an idiom in Spanish, perhaps it is just a "useful expression". It is not an English idiom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romelpanzer View Post
    I came across a phrase/idiom which is in Spanish and it English meaning is : " I can see the beach from my office !". The Spanish version is : " desde mi oficina puedo ver la playa !". However, except its English version, there is no further explanation of the idiom on the site (twitter.com/daily_idiom) where I read it. I am not yet able to catch its meaning. Grateful for help.
    A friend of mine who is a fluent Spanish speaker (non-native) tells me that in South America, it means "I can see the car park from my office"! I suppose you could call it a sort of sarcastic idiom. By saying that you can see the beach, you are commenting on but not actually admitting that the view from your office is about as far removed from a beach as possible - it's just a concrete car park.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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