must-see; used as an adjective.
Samantha: I'm trying to decide what movie to
watch tonight. Can you suggest any old
movies? I want something romantic.
Rebecca: Have you seen Casablanca?
Samantha: Yeah, I cried at the end.
Rebecca: What about Gone With the Wind?
Samantha: Yep - but that's old. Maybe something a little newer.
Rebecca: I assume you've already seen Titanic?
Samantha: Actually, I haven't.
Rebecca: Really? You have to watch Titanic! It's one of the must-see movies of the 90s! I thought everyone had already seen it. How could you have missed it?
Samantha: Uh, I was born in the 90s.
is an adjective that means something should be seen by everyone. This idiom is
usually used for movies and plays. In
the example, Rebecca says that Titanic
is a must-see movie, which means she
thinks everyone should see Titanic.
Stephanie: I saw the musical The Book of Mormon last night on
Stephanie: It was just OK. I had heard so many good things, I thought I was going to love it, but I
wouldn't say it's a must-see.
Harry: That's too bad. I was excited to see it.
Meaning: In this case, Stephanie said that The Book of Mormon wasn't a must-see, so she doesn't think everyone
should see it. notice that even when
used as a noun, there is a hyphen between the two words.
This idiom is from the upcoming
edition of LSI's book "Reading Horizons," which will be used in the
Level 6 Reading classes. For more information, please visit http://www.languagesystems.com/
Idiom: personal space; used as a noun.
Erica: Matt is so weird! He's always invading my personal space.
Christina: Me too! He always stands too close. Do you think he just does it to girls?
Erica: I don't know. Let's ask Tom. Hey Tom!
Christina: Erica and I have a question. We noticed that Matt sometimes gets a little
too close. Does he do that to you as
Tom: Yes! He apparently doesn't understand what personal space is.
Meaning: "Personal space"
is an invisible border around a person that is considered unacceptable to cross. While
the exact size varies by person and culture, most people feel uncomfortable if
someone else stands closer than approximately 2 feet from him/her. In the above example, Erica, Christina and Tom all
agree that Matt often stands too close; most likely, Matt's idea of personal space is just smaller than theirs.
Notice that Erica uses the verb "invade" to describe the way
Matt crosses this invisible line; most people think of the area directly around
themselves as their own, personal space, and it is an invasion of privacy to cross it.
Daniel: I hate the subway after work!
Daniel: Everyone is so crammed in there. I get claustrophobic*.
Helen: Weird. I hate when other people invade my personal space too, but it doesn't really
bother me on the subway. I guess it's
because I know it's not their fault.
Daniel: You're lucky. I flip out when strangers
are that close.
*claustrophobia is a fear of small spaces.
Meaning: In this case, Daniel and Christina are talking about the
crowded subway. For most people (like Helen), personal space invasions don't
bother them as much when it's caused by a crowd; however, some people (like
Daniel) are so bothered by personal space invasions that they become frightened.
This idiom is from LSI's book "Reading
Horizons," which is used in the Level 6 Reading classes. For more
information, please visit http://www.languagesystems.com/