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    Figurative expression

    I'd like to say by using a figurative expression that something essential is missing.

    Does it sound OK that "It's like a hamburger has no patties in it. or It's like a hot dog has no sausage in it."

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    Re: Figurative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by siruss View Post
    I'd like to say by using a figurative expression that something essential is missing.

    Does it sound OK that "It's like a hamburger has no patties in it. or It's like a hot dog has no sausage in it."
    The interesting thing is I can understand you. These are not idiomatic expressions. But there are expressions that can be understood universally, because they are based on experiences we all have. But I think native speakers may have idiomatic expressions to mean the same thing.
    Any help from a native speaker?


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    Re: Figurative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    The interesting thing is I can understand you. These are not idiomatic expressions. But there are expressions that can be understood universally, because they are based on experiences we all have.
    I'm happy that you understand my expression.


    But I think native speakers may have idiomatic expressions to mean the same thing.
    Any help from a native speaker? [/quote]

    I think so, too.
    I'm wondering what it is.

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    Re: Figurative expression

    Often, when you use expressions like the ones below, you mean the person isn't very smart.
    A few sandwiches short of a full picnic lunch.
    A few clowns short of a complete circus.
    Not all the bulbs are lit in the chandelier.
    Let's just say the elevator doesn't run to the top floor.

    But the first two could probably be used to mean something important was missing.

    Can you give an example of when you might want to say this? There are other things too - like It's all sizzle but no steak (it's flashy and attractive, but no substance)


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    Re: Figurative expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Often, when you use expressions like the ones below, you mean the person isn't very smart.
    A few sandwiches short of a full picnic lunch.
    A few clowns short of a complete circus.
    Not all the bulbs are lit in the chandelier.
    Let's just say the elevator doesn't run to the top floor.

    But the first two could probably be used to mean something important was missing.

    Can you give an example of when you might want to say this? There are other things too - like It's all sizzle but no steak (it's flashy and attractive, but no substance)

    Wow~ I've learned some new idiomatic expressions today.
    I think I feel the differences among the expressions you gave me.
    Someday I'm going to use them.
    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by siruss; 16-Mar-2007 at 07:45.

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