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    Spring has sprung

    I read this from Tesco:
    Spring has sprung and we are pleased to give you a little heads up that your May Clubcard Statement will be ready to view online at My Clubcard Account from Monday 12th.

    Sprung - I guess it means 'suddenly came' but is this common and correct? It has a poetic use of alliteration and I think it's a good phrase to learn by heart if it is common and correct.

    What does 'giving heads up' mean?

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    Re: Spring has sprung

    'Spring has sprung' is common and correct.

    'Giving a heads up' means 'informing you' or 'letting you know'. It is often used when forewarning someone that something is about to happen so that they're not taken by surprise.

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    #3

    Re: Spring has sprung

    This is an example of an absent hyphen causing confusion. I believe that 'heads up' ought to be hyphenated (ie. 'heads-up').

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    Re: Spring has sprung

    Good point about alliteration, Tedwonny; alliteration makes phrases more memorable, and so more likely to become idiomatic. I compiled a list of such phrases once, and will try to find it.

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    PS The source ( a doc file) went astray in a system crash a few years ago, but I've scanned it in. The resulting pdf file is much too big. I'll ask Red5 to make an exception for a 505 Kb pdf file.

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    Re: Spring has sprung

    Exception made... upload away
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Re: Spring has sprung

    Hi, Red!

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