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    Unhappy Idioms

    Hi
    can we use idioms in academic writing?
    well ,while writing an essay in drama on King Lear can we say for example:
    Lear becomes at the end of his tether when he hears Cordelia saying "nothing" concerning her love to him
    Can we use it ?
    I'm waiting for your answer
    thanks in advance



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    Re: Idioms

    You do not "become at the end of your tether". You "are at the end of your tether".

    I think in context of the play's structure, no - this is not a good use of the idiom. You could use it when saying that after rejection by his daughters Regan and Goneril, Lear is at the end of his tether = he does not know what to do next.

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    Re: Idioms

    You can't avoid using idioms in all types (formal and informal) of writing. Just make sure that you use appropriate idioms. You can say that Lear was at his wits' end, but you shouldn't say he was ticked off.

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