Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Week's Practice Exercise

Idiom Insight
Prepared by: Charles Hightower
Reposted on: Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create a story that might explain the origin of an idiom.

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An idiom is a phrase that does not make literal sense. Idioms may be among the most difficult concepts in English for foreigners to understand...For example, the phrase "kick the bucket" is interpreted as the act of dying. Taken literally, though, neither the kick nor the bucket has any apparent relationship to the meaning of the phrase.

Select an idiom. Then make up a story that could explain the idiom's origin, or show how it came to be. Use your imagination--the tale need not be true. Show, don't tell. Be sure to identify the idiom at start or finish.

If you need ideas, you might refer to
http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/id-list.html

or
http://www.learn-english-today.com/idioms/idioms_proverbs.html

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create a story that might explain the origin of an idiom.

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Critique: Does the explanation seem plausible? Does the story do a good job of showing how the idiom came to be coined? Was the writing imaginative and interesting?

These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writing Workshop.

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