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lamanouyang

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today when i was reading newspapers, i saw a idiom--" apple-for-apple", i just want to know what's the meaning of "apple-for-apple". Thx
 

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I'm not a teacher, and some more context might be helpful, but this sounds like it might be meaning "like for like", talking about comparing or replacing something with something similar or comparable. The phrase "comparing apples with apples" is often used this way in English.
 

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I'm not a teacher, and some more context might be helpful, but this sounds like it might be meaning "like for like", talking about comparing or replacing something with something similar or comparable. The phrase "comparing apples with apples" is often used this way in English.

:up: A related idiom is the reverse. When someone's making an unfair comparison, people say 'But you're comparing apples with oranges'.

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:up: A related idiom is the reverse. When someone's making an unfair comparison, people say 'But you're comparing apples with oranges'.

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Yes, it occurred to me while writing my earlier reply that the "apples with oranges" usage is probably more common than "apples with "apples". I actually wondered if that was why I had to guess at "apples for apples", since it is not used as often. :oops:
 
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