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    yeecharles is offline Junior Member
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    Tap into/ Waiting to be tapped

    I am blur about the uses of ' tap into' and 'waiting to be tapped'.

    Can someone please enlighten me on the uses of these two phrases? What do they actually mean?

    I made three sentences using the two phrases. Did I use them correctly?

    a) tap into(does it mean make use of?)

    * He tapped into his own experience to solve the classroom problem.

    b) waiting to be tapped(does it mean waiting to be , 'developed', 'nurtured' or 'exploited'?)

    * There are so many great ideas waiting to be tapped in our organization.

    * The gold mine is waiting to be tapped.

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    Re: Tap into/ Waiting to be tapped

    The a) example is fine.
    The b) first example is fine but in the second example I don't think I would use "tapped" in that way but you could. I would rather say that "the mine is ready to be excavated".

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    Re: Tap into/ Waiting to be tapped

    He tapped into his own experience to solve the classroom problem
    You usually say you tap into somewhere else's experience, not your own.

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    Exclamation Re: Tap into/ Waiting to be tapped

    Quote Originally Posted by yeecharles View Post
    I am blur about the uses of ' tap into' and 'waiting to be tapped'.

    Can someone please enlighten me on the uses of these two phrases? What do they actually mean?

    I made three sentences using the two phrases. Did I use them correctly?

    a) tap into(does it mean make use of/to take advantage of)

    * He tapped into his own experience to solve the classroom problem.(good)

    b) waiting to be tapped(does it mean waiting to be , 'developed', 'nurtured' or 'exploited'/to make use of)

    * There are so many great ideas waiting to be tapped in our organization. Not a good one

    * The gold mine is waiting to be tapped. (made use of. Ok)





    Tap into is a phrasal verb having two leanings;
    • to gain access to or to establish a connection with
    (a) In order to enhance his chance of success, the candidate tapped into some wealthy supporters..

    (b) The company tapped into a new market for their products
    • To take advantage of:
    (a) The management tapped into their enthusiasm to improve the school.
    (b) He tapped into his own experience to solve the classroom problem.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 22-May-2010 at 02:55.

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    yeecharles is offline Junior Member
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    Re: Tap into/ Waiting to be tapped

    Thanks for all the useful information.

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