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    Wink Help! I need couples of examples

    Recently, I learned some phrases like "open the Pandora's box" and "the apple of the eye". It's very native and impressive to use the former one to describe the root and beginning of evil and mistake, and emphasize something's significance with the latter one.

    So, I want to learn more "phrases" like the two above.
    1. the name of such "phrases" -- idiom, proverb, or something else?
    2. please give me more common, specific examples which I can make my essay more impressive and concise.
    3. by the way, is there any problem in the words I write above, you are welcome to pick it out.

    Finally, thank you very much!

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    Re: Help! I need couples of examples

    Actually, using too many expressions like this often marks you out as a non-native speaker who has learnt them by heart, or as a native speaker who thinks only in clichÚs.

    If you do use them, it's important to get them right. We open a Pandora's box, and we speak of someone as 'the apple of
    the my/your/John's/etc eye'.

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    Smile Re: Help! I need couples of examples

    Oh, I get what you mean. I'll pay attention to its availability and properness in my writting. Besides, I will also limit its number to 1 or 2 times in an article.

    And I'll really appreciate it if you can list a few common expressions like that.

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    Re: Help! I need couples of examples

    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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    Re: Help! I need couples of examples

    Thank you! That's all what I want.

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