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    Question Labor of Love

    what does this expression mean ? Labor of love

    Can it be used to mean that you do something because it is worth doing to please someone?

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    Re: Labor of Love

    You do something without thinking about getting rewarded or compensated for your efforts.

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    Re: Labor of Love

    A labor of love is something you do to please yourself. You do it for the psychic satisfaction. A labor of love is something you do because you like doing it.

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    Re: Labor of Love

    Hi,
    Is it a set expression?

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    Re: Labor of Love

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Is it a set expression?
    Yes, it is.


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    Re: Labor of Love

    Could I say learning English is a labour of love?

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    Re: Labor of Love

    In your case, very probably.

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    Re: Labor of Love

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Could I say learning English is a labour of love?
    For most people, no.


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    Re: Labor of Love

    Puzzled.

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    Re: Labor of Love

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Puzzled.
    Don't be, Humble. I think Mike was just suggesting that there is usually a financial or social reason for learning a foreign language. (Or maybe he was making a comment about your use of English spelling.)

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