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    the usage of the fixed expressions

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    could you explain me what are the fixed expressions?

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    Re: the usage of the fixed expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlesson88 View Post
    Kind forum,

    Could you explain to me what are the fixed expressions are?

    Thank you
    Fixed (or set) expressions are idiomatic expressions that you should use as is; that means you should not try to change them.

    For example,

    A: How was the driving test?
    B: Piece of cake! I passed with flying colours.

    In the above, there are two fixed expressions (underlined). We should not alter those; otherwise the sentence becomes unnatural and might not even make sense.

    A: How was the driving test?
    B: Piece of bread! I passed with gliding colours.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Feb-2017 at 13:29. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: the usage of the fixed expressions

    I understand fixed expressions to be distinct from idioms (like the examples given by teechar, above. Although idioms of course do count as fixed).

    Fixed expressions are groups of words which go together so often that they can easily be seen as one 'piece' of vocabulary. Some examples of fixed expressions I can give are:

    Nice to meet you.
    Nice to meet you, too.
    Sweet dreams.
    Have a nice day.
    Better late than never.
    to tell you the truth
    all of a sudden
    from out of nowhere
    It's not you, it's me.
    just so you know
    Oh, my God!
    in my opinion
    first and foremost
    a little something
    just in time
    Do you know what I mean?

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    Re: the usage of the fixed expressions

    Is there a site,pdf which gather most of all?

    thank you

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    #5

    Re: the usage of the fixed expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlesson88 View Post
    Is there a site ​or an online pdf which gather contains/shows most of or all of them?

    Thank you.
    Note my corrections above. It's important to use correct capitalisation, punctuation and full sentences. If you Google "English fixed expressions" or "English idioms", you'll find lots of useful information.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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