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20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

Words & Phrases

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What was I 'gonna' say?

Word List: Common Expressions R-Z

used when you are trying to get back into a previous converstation


Jill: What was I 'gonna' say?

Sean: You were talking about last night's football game.

Jill: Oh yeah!

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What's wrong with this picture?

Word List: Common Expressions R-Z

noticing something that isn’t quite right

What’s wrong with this picture? Everybody’s ready to jump in the pool except Joe.  Where’s your suit, Joe?

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

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while in another country, follow the culture

When I first came to America from Japan, I would bow when I was introduced to people.  But soon after, I realized that Americans greet each other by shaking hands. I quickly learned, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Where there's a will, there's a way.

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determination + action = success


Marcus: I’ll never be able to finish school and get a college degree.  

Taylor:  Oh yes you can.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way!      

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your loss is my gain

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someone’s inability to do something can be beneficial for someone else who takes his/her place


Netali:  I know I should be there today since I’m ASB president, but I can’t make it.  Can you fill in for me?  

Brianna:  Sure, I would love to.  Besides, your loss is my gain!

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