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    Question Idiomatic expression or not

    Is to be hungry an idiomatic expression?

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    Re: Idiomatic expression or not

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    Is to be hungry an idiomatic expression?
    Idiomatic expressions usually are words or groups of words that are frozen. In other words, you cannot group them in your own way. They are fixed expressions. For example, "under the weather" is an idiomatic expression. It means "ill". This is a fixed expression, that is, you cannot change the expression, for example, you cannot say "under today's weather", or "under the good weather". If you do that, the idiom is gone. Also the meaning of idioms is not the combination of meanings of all the words in the idiom. The meaning of "under the weather" has nothing to do with the combined meanings of the individual words. As to your question, "to be hungry", in most cases, it is not an idiomatic expression, because you can change the expression easily by adding a word, such as "to be extremely hungry", or "to be less hungry". But in some cases, it tends to be idiomatic, such as "to be hungry for fame", which doesn't mean that you are hungry for food. It is a metaphor and metaphors are often idiomatic.

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    Is to be hungry an idiomatic expression?
    In a way, yes. The term
    "Idiom" can also refer to the characteristic manner of speaking in a language, also called its parlance. Parlance is a word which originates from the Latin root "parl-", to speak. An utterance consistent with a language's parlance is described as idiomatic. For example, "I have hunger" is idiomatic in several European languages if translated literally (e.g. German ich habe Hunger; French j'ai faim; Spanish tengo hambre or in Italian ho fame), but the usual English idiom is "I am hungry".

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    Additionally, you can use the word "hungry" figuratively,

    Figurative: She's hungry (for success).
    Literal: She's hungry (for a meal).

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    Re: Idiomatic expression or not

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    In a way, yes. The term
    "Idiom" can also refer to the characteristic manner of speaking in a language, also called its parlance. Parlance is a word which originates from the Latin root "parl-", to speak. An utterance consistent with a language's parlance is described as idiomatic. For example, "I have hunger" is idiomatic in several European languages if translated literally (e.g. German ich habe Hunger; French j'ai faim; Spanish tengo hambre or in Italian ho fame), but the usual English idiom is "I am hungry".


    Additionally, you can use the word "hungry" figuratively,

    Figurative: She's hungry (for success).
    Literal: She's hungry (for a meal).

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    Casiopea, Thanks for your great explanation.

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    You're welcome.

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