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    interpretation of three idioms

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of three idioms which focused my attention when reading a random dialog?

    “Now, now, you mustn’t talk like that. You certainly can’t leave him all on his own, neither can you complain to your mother-that’s out of the question. But then you could speak to Victor’s schoolmaster or perhaps to the headmaster. Of course, it’s up to you to decide what’s better, but I should think you’d better go to school and keep in touch with it. If you keep on quarreling with him, it won’t get you anywhere.”

    1. to leave a person to his own = to leave him alone to do what he wishes, giving him no help or advice

    2. to be up to = depend upon, depending upon the decision of

    3. to get anywhere = to obtain any result, make any progress

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V

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    Re: interpretation of three idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of three idioms which focused my attention when reading a random dialog?

    “Now, now, you mustn’t talk like that. You certainly can’t leave him all on his own, neither can you complain to your mother-that’s out of the question. But then you could speak to Victor’s schoolmaster or perhaps to the headmaster. Of course, it’s up to you to decide what’s better, but I should think you’d better go to school and keep in touch with it. If you keep on quarreling with him, it won’t get you anywhere.”

    1. to leave a person to his own = (to leave him alone to do what he wishes, giving him no help or advice ) But, it's more like - he needs help, and you leave him without.

    2. to be up to = depend upon, depending upon the decision of

    3. to get anywhere = to obtain any result, make any progress

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V
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