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    Elaine Astini Guest

    Idoms

    Dear teacher,

    I need to know the meaning, present possible contexts and dialogues in which expressions below could be used.

    I'm feeling up
    I'm feeling down
    It boosted my spirit
    My spirit sank
    My spirit rose
    I'm depressed
    You're in high spirits
    I feel into depression
    That always gives me a lift
    He's really hit bottom this time

    Thank you,

    Elaine,

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    Re: Idoms

    Quote Originally Posted by Elaine Astini View Post
    Dear teacher,

    I need to know the meaning, present possible contexts and dialogues in which expressions below could be used.

    I'm feeling up
    I'm feeling down
    It boosted my spirit
    My spirit sank
    My spirit rose
    I'm depressed
    You're in high spirits
    I feel into depression
    That always gives me a lift
    He's really hit bottom this time

    Thank you,

    Elaine,
    In English, as in many other languages, there is a general tendency that UP implies good, positive, but DOWN indicates bad, negative. This is to a great extent due to our physical experiences. Like when you hear some good news, you jump up, whereas when you hear some sad news, your body tends to sink. So in the sentences above, all the sentences having UP implied are positive in meaning, namely:

    I'm feeling up (happy)
    It boosted my spirit (happy)
    My spirit rose (happy)
    You're in high spirits (happy)
    That always gives me a lift (happy)

    Sentences having DOWN implied are negative in meaning: as in:

    I'm feeling down (sad, depressed)
    My spirit sank (sad, depressed)
    I'm depressed (sad, depressed)
    I feel into depression (sad, depressed)
    He's really hit bottom this time (sad, depressed)

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Idoms

    thanx for this explan hony

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