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    interpretation of four idioms 3

    Dear teachers,

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

    “You certainly were not. And yet you are not going the right way about making it up. If I were you, I’d get it straight by having a heart-to-heart talk with her. It would be all to the good. She must have got it all wrong – that’s what the trouble is.”
    Catch me going to her place and telling her that she was right! Never in a million years! If it come to that I never want to set my eyes upon her again and that’s that!”

    1. . to go the right (wrong) way about it = to do it in the right (wrong) way

    2. to get things (it) straight = to clear things up

    3. to get something right (wrong) = to understand a matter thoroughly or clearly so that no misunderstanding is possible ( not to understand a matter clearly so that misunderstanding is possible)

    4. catch one doing = do not expect somebody to do it

    Poirot said:”You do not think it possible that she committed suicide?” – “She?” Mrs. Bishop snorted. “No. Indeed. Hadn’t she made up her mind to marry Mr. Roddy? Catch her committing suicide!”.

    Catch me riding on a bus!” Sammy let out his roar.
    “Not likely!” he said.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 3

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    “You certainly were not. And yet you are not going the right way about making it up. If I were you, I’d get it straight by having a heart-to-heart talk with her. It would be all to the good. She must have got it all wrong – that’s what the trouble is.”
    Catch me going to her place and telling her that she was right! Never in a million years! If it come to that I never want to set my eyes upon her again and that’s that!”

    1. . to go the right (wrong) way about it = to do it in the right (wrong) way

    Perfect.

    2. to get things (it) straight = to clear things up

    Perfect again.

    3. to get something right (wrong) = to understand a matter thoroughly or clearly so that no misunderstanding is possible ( not to understand a matter clearly so that misunderstanding is possible)

    To get something right
    is often used when someone is struggling with something.

    This is my 5th attempt. I need to get it right this time.

    However, in my opinion, your interpretation is fine.


    4. catch one doing = do not expect somebody to do it

    Poirot said:”You do not think it possible that she committed suicide?” – “She?” Mrs. Bishop snorted. “No. Indeed. Hadn’t she made up her mind to marry Mr. Roddy? Catch her committing suicide!”.

    Catch me riding on a bus!” Sammy let out his roar.
    “Not likely!” he said.

    Yes, I think generally they both refer to an unlikely action/event.

    You would never catch me riding on a bus. I hate public transport.

    It is very unlikely that you would see me riding on a bus.....


    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 3

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    Correction

    ... which caught my attention

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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 3

    Hi colloqium,

    Thank you for your conformation of my wording as well as for your helpful explanations and further modifications.

    Regards

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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 3

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your refining correction.

    Regards

    V.

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