Hey guys! How is it going? Let’s check the answers to the last episode:

1. C
2. B
3. C

Today we will talk about some commonly used idioms with fingers. Here we go!

1. Put one’s finger on

= to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong.

This shirt looks weird, I can’t put my finger on it, but something is terribly wrong.

2. Rule of thumb

= a rough and practical approach based on experience, rather than a scientific or precise one based on theory.

If you’re studying a foreign language, a rule of thumb is, that you’re supposed to speak with it every day.

3. Cross one’s fingers

=to hope that things will happen in the way you want.

I cross my fingers, hoping the weather would be good this weekend.

4. Have/keep one’s finger on the pulse

=to be familiar with the most recent changes or improvements.

In order to be professional, you need to keep your finger on the pulse.

5. Give somebody the finger

=to display the middle finger upright as a sign of derision.

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In the TV sitcom Friends, Ross, one of the leading actors, creates another way of giving the finger. It is really rude to give someone the finger, we should know what it means, but we’re not supposed to do that. 

 

Practice:

Fill in the blanks with the words below:

put one’s finger on;   rule of thumb;   cross one’s fingers;

have one’s finger on the pulse;   give somebody the finger

1. As _______, the ice on the lake should be at least two inches thick to support one person.

2. She has her exam this morning so she ___________.

3. There’s something weird about him, but I can’t ____________ it.

4. He always ________________, which makes him a professor.

5. It’s so impolite to _____________!

 

Is it so easy? Write your answers down below!

See you next time!