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Monday, August 6, 2012

"rags to riches"


Example 1:

Every one knows who Oprah Winfrey is, but many people don't know much about her life before she was famous.

Oprah's life is a true example of a "rags to riches" story. She grew up poor and disadvantaged in Mississippi and is now one of the richest and most powerful women in the world! Wow!



Example 2:

Seth: Let's see a movie this weekend.

Mary: OK, which one do you have in mind?

Seth: I don't remember the name, but it's a rags to riches story set in India. The main character is a poor guy who wins a game show and becomes rich.

Mary: Oh! you're talking about Slumdog Millionaire!



Meaning:
rags to riches can be used to describe a story where a very poor person becomes rich.

This idiom is from LSI's book "Reading Horizons," which is used in the level 6 Reading/Vocabulary classes. For more information, please visit http://www.languagesystems.com

see eye to eye

Example 1:

Marc: I'm sorry, but if we don't see eye to eye on this project, I will have to select a new partner. It is important that we all agree.

James: I understand that it is important for us to work together. I will do my best.

Marc: Thank you. I appreciate your cooperation.



Example 2:

Stacy: Why do you fight with your boyfriend so much?

Macy: We never see eye to eye on anything. For example, he thinks we should get married and I think we are OK like this. He also thinks playing video games is a great way to spend time together. I hate video games!

Stacy: Do you guys agree on anything?

Macy: Yes, we see eye to eye on many things, too, like movies, music, and food.


Meaning:
to see eye to eye = to have the same opinion
to see eye to eye + on ______ = to have the same opinion about _____

In example 1, two people are working together on a project, but they have different opinions, they don't see eye to eye.
In example 2, Macy is explaining that her boyfriend has different opinions about marriage and video games.
They don't see eye to eye on marriage or video games, but they see eye to eye on movies, music, and food.

This idiom is from LSI's book "Reading Horizons," which is used in the level 6 Reading/Vocabulary classes. For more information, please visit http://www.languagesystems.com