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Speak English Right - 4/13/17

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I often hear Chinese English students use an English idiom in the wrong way. Today’s lesson will show you one of those and I’ll teach how to use it right.


bored to death

I often hear Chinese English speakers say, “I’m bored to die.” This is a wrong usage of this idiom. If you say it to a native speaker like myself, I’ll understand you. However, I’ll also know that you really don’t know how to use the idiom. You should say, “Bored to death.” This is the right way to use this very common idiom.


The professor’s lecture bored me to death.

Watching television sometimes bores me to death.

I was bored to death during the concert.

I’m often bored to death with nothing to do.

I bought a new book that I thought would be interesting. As I started reading it, it bored me to death.

Learn this idiom the right way. Never say ‘bored to die.’ You can say, ‘bored to death.’

That’s all for today.

Goodbye for now.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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