An idiom is a common word or phrase with a default culturally meaning that differs from its composite denotations. It is totally different from simile, metaphor and hyperbole. There is nothing to do with figures of Speech. An Idiom is a phrase where its collective meaning differs from the dictionary meaning of each word. Idioms are also not to be confused with proverbs, which are simple sayings that express a truth based on common sense or practical experience. In more lucid manner, we can say that an idiom is a speech or an expression of a given language that is peculiar grammatically or cannot be comprehended from the individual meaning of its elements.
In all SSC exams, there will be at least one question out of this topic in the form of four options out of which you have to choose one correct option. In the below text, you will find the tips to memorize and recall the idioms whenever you encounter with them.
SSC English preparation tips: idioms and phrases
You can consider the following tips before going to visit the idioms and phrases. Let us find out-
Idioms and phrases are situational. They cannot be used wherever you want. These can be practiced with a particular situation or observations. Try and understand the context in which a particular idiom or phrase has been used. It will assist you in understanding and remembering a particular idiom better. Hence, context is important. There are several other phrase too, which can be used in same context. It depends upon the rhyme and suitability.
Prepare a list
Preparing for idioms is not an easy & limited task as there are thousands of phrases in English language and keep evolving as new literature are written by the eminent writer, poets and authors. So, It is advisable to carry a diary along with you. Whenever you encounter an unfamiliar idiom, just write it down with its meaning and context. This diary will be fruitful at the time of revision and recalling. You can use diary or notebook’s alternatives like tablet, smartphones or laptops.
Idioms are not so easy and playful to learn as most of the candidates think of it and try to learn them in bulk and random manner. Learn them in grouping and phasing. Never try to learn too many idioms ao phrase at one time. However, learning them by grouping into themes is quite a good idea.
Whenever you are preparing for idioms and phrases, relate them to stories and remember it with visualization. Practicing them with this strategy will make your memory more stronger and long lasting. Never get too hasty in understanding the idiom is this manner. Give time and stay organized.
Most idioms and phrases have very interesting original stories. You should try to find them to understand the meaning of such idioms and phrases better. It will help you to create the story of your own or the original one.
In the above article, we have mentioned all general and mostly exercised tricks to memorize the idioms and phrases for longer time and for various competitive exams.
All the best!!