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    Blow your way

    Dear Teachers

    I don't understand the meaning of "opportunities that blow your way". Please advise.

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    Anthony the learner

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    Re: Blow your way

    Completely disregard my last post if you read it!! I totally misread it (as 'opportunities that blow you away') Sorry!

    Things that 'blow your way' are things that you encounter, sometimes completely randomly (like something blowing in the wind in your direction).

    So an 'opportunity that blows your way' is an opportunity that you will encounter at some point, maybe even when you're not looking for such opportunities.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
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    Re: Blow your way

    I read it as "blow you away" as well the first time! Don't feel bad.
    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: Blow your way

    Me three.

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    Re: Blow your way

    But I didn't {smug? moi?}. I thought of my A-level text ('A Winter's Tale'), and Leontes saying 'I am a feather for each wind that blows.' Certainly had a way with words, that Shakespeare bloke.

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    Re: Blow your way

    Dear Teachers

    Thanks for your replies. In fact, the 'blow your way' is actually from an English slogan on investment opportunity:


    "Harness market trends to capture the opportunities blowing your way" (photo attached)

    I just find it very long sentence, and very difficult to understand. And "blow your way" sounds blowing ur opportunity away. What do you reckon?

    Cheers


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    Re: Blow your way

    Ah, yeah, anything 'blowing your way' is reminiscent of something blowing in the wind in your direction, this slogan is saying to take this chance to catch as many of these opportunities as possible that are out there coming in your direction.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: Blow your way

    Let us pretend you are walking down the street. There is a wind. You look down, and see a $100 bill being tossed along in the wind and land at your feet. Look at this lovely thing that has just blown your way. Completely by chance, the possbility to get some money happened.

    Now, apply this as a metaphor. There is no street, no real wind, and no actual bill. But still, by chance, some good possiblity came your way.
    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: Blow your way

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    ... And "blow your way" sounds blowing ur opportunity away. What do you reckon?...
    Listen to Barb. Forget 'away'; it's misleading and irrelevant.

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