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Thursday, August 29, 2013

To Be Better Off



Idiom: To be better off
 
Context #1:
 
Jim: How are we going to get to the beach tomorrow morning?  The morning traffic on the 5 freeway is horrible!
Sam:  I know!  We will be better off taking the 55 because that freeway is not that bad.
Jim:  Good idea! 
 
Context #2:
 
Sara: Last month my husband and I finally moved out of our little one-bedroom apartment.  Now we have two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Jenny: That's great because you really need more room, especially with a baby on the way.
Sara:  Yeah, we are much better off now.
 
Meaning: to be better off is an idiom that is commonly used in American English.  It is used when you want to compare two things/situations/options and you want to say that one is better than the other.  Practical idioms like this can be found in LSI Speaking books like Speaking Savvy, which is used in Level 5 Speaking classes at LSI.  For more information please visit: www.languagesystems.com.