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    Default How many often-used idioms are there in English?

    Hi, teachers. I've been learning English idioms but there seem to be thousands of them. Am I right? How many often-used idioms are there in English(approximately)? I tend to think I'll never grasp them. (how sad)

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    Default Re: How many often-used idioms are there in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    Hi, teachers. I've been learning English idioms but there seem to be thousands of them. Am I right?
    There are as many as 34512 idioms in the English language, on the button.
    Joke! There are more idioms than you can shake a stick at.

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    Default Re: How many often-used idioms are there in English?

    Your answer's bang on the money even with the ballpark figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Your answer's bang on the money even with the ballpark figure.
    I have no idea what you are saying.

    Seriously, I need at least an approximate figure to design a studying plan. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    I have no idea what you are saying.

    Seriously, I need at least an approximate figure to design a studying plan. Thanks.
    Tdol said I was close to the mark with my estimation. I am not positive though, whether he really meant it or just wanted to keep the idioms ball rolling.

    I have a dog-eared idioms dictionary which I bought in an Aladin's cave many moons ago traveling the highways and byways of the windswept Yorkshire, England, uphill and downdale. I set my heart on cramming all the fixed phrases in my head from cover to cover, and, by now, I am almost there. I am still not very well-versed in English idioms, and I reckon I am far from being the king of the castle. What I am trying to drive at is that there are many more idioms than 10k.

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