Today, let’s have a look at some idioms that use numbers. At first sight, these may seem difficult to remember, but on second thought, I am sure you will learn them well enough to use them. Let’s start off by reading the idioms in a story:
Part 1: Idioms in a story
Jack went to hang out with his friend Jenny at her apartment. Jenny looked like she was in seventh heaven. It seems like she was! It’s because she met Johnny Depp in Times Square. She’s been on cloud nine all day! Jack is of two minds about Johnny Depp. He thinks he’s a good actor, but not so good looking. I think acting is second nature to him. It’s like he has a sixth sense about the characters he is playing. Of course, Jenny thinks his latest movie is second to none. Jenny has all of his DVD’s and lots of fan memorabilia. When Jack saw that he put two and two together and figured out that Johnny is Jenny’s favorite actor.
Part 2: Idioms in a conversation:
Jack: Hey Jenny, what’s shaking? You look like you are in seventh heaven.
Jenny: I’m so exited. I just met Johnny Depp in Times Square!
Jack: Wow! That’s exciting!
Jenny: Oh my God. He’s so cute! Don’t you think he’s awesome!?
Jack: I’m of two minds about him. On one hand he’s a good actor, but I’m not sure if he’s
Jenny: He’s a great actor! I think acting is second nature to him.
Jack: Yeah, It’s like he has a sixth sense about his characters and the script.
Jenny: And his latest movie is second to none! I was on cloud nine when I saw that
Jack: Wow! You really are his fan.
Jenny: Well, I see you finally put two and two together. I love him so much! Think of all
his different types of roles.
Jack: At first sight, I didn’t really like him so much, but on second thought, I guess you
Part 3: Let’s learn the meaning
- to be in seventh heaven. Someone who is in seventh heaven is feeling really great and happy.
- to be of two minds about something. When you are of two minds about something you have two different opinions of that thing.
- to be second nature (to someone). When something is second nature, it is instinctive and thus easy to do.
- have a sixth sense. When someone has a sixth sense, they have a keen intuition about a situation.
- second to none. Something that is second to none is the best or number one thing.
- be on cloud nine. When someone is on cloud nine, they feel elated and happy.
- put two and two together. When you put two and two together, you recognize something that is clear and obvious to others.
- at first sight. When you see or experience or consider something at first sight, you do it for the first time.
- on second thought. When you see or experience or consider something on second thought, you reconsider your first opinion.
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