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  1. Junior Member
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    nature of the beast

    Could you please explain to me a meaning of the phrase "nature of the beast" ?
    Give me examples please

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: nature of the beast

    Hello Mikko,

    "The nature of the beast" is a mildly jocular phrase. It means "its/his/her character".

    Here is an example:

    A: "MrP has just replied to one of my posts. Unfortunately his reply is incomprehensible. He doesn't seem to realise that if my English was good enough to understand his reply, I wouldn't have needed to ask the question."

    B: "That's the nature of the beast, I'm afraid."

    i.e. it is characteristic of MrP to provide incomprehensible replies.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: nature of the beast

    What about these examples then:

    My friend would always help me as long as he has knew I would repay him for it.
    He's the nature of the beast.

    A:I knew he wouldn't lend me money.
    B: Yes I can see why. He has never borrowed money to anybody.
    B: He's the nature of the beast or that is his nature of the beast or when it comes to money he's the nature of the beast


    are these OK ?
    Last edited by mikko4; 18-Apr-2008 at 23:50.

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