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    A grain of salt

    Hi Teachers,

    How should I understand 'take sth. with a grain of salt'? Is there other usage in English?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Haihao; 22-Nov-2006 at 01:07. Reason: miswording

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    Re: A grain of salt

    It's quite like 'not completely'. The salt indicates something that is added to a dish, and therefore the food no longer has its original taste.

    The same can be true of a what someone says. You can believe them to a degree, but you should understand that there may be other things to consider. What someone says is not always the full truth, or they may not have all the facts about a situation, etc. Therefore you take what they say 'with a pinch of salt'.

    It indicates caution.

    I must add that I am not a teacher, so others may well be able to give you a better (more formal) description.

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    Re: A grain of salt

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    It's quite like 'not completely'. The salt indicates something that is added to a dish, and therefore the food no longer has its original taste.

    The same can be true of a what someone says. You can believe them to a degree, but you should understand that there may be other things to consider. What someone says is not always the full truth, or they may not have all the facts about a situation, etc. Therefore you take what they say 'with a pinch of salt'.

    It indicates caution.

    I must add that I am not a teacher, so others may well be able to give you a better (more formal) description.
    You did a great job!

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    Re: A grain of salt

    Aw shucks!

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    Re: A grain of salt

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    Aw shucks!
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