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Grade 9
Sep 5, 2022

Idioms are part of speech that are specific to a mass of speakers.  

It is a phrase which has an understood, non-literal meaning. 

Idioms, also known as idiomatic expressions. 

Types of Idioms 

  • Pure Idioms: Pure idioms are idioms whose original meaning has been forgotten to the point where the phrase can no longer be analyzed logically to determine its meaning. 
  • Binomial Idioms: Binomial idioms are idioms that are made up of two elements that function together or in opposition to form a statement. 
  • Partial Idioms: A partial idiom contains a literal part and a non-literal part. 
  • Prepositional Idioms: Prepositional idioms are idioms that contain prepositional verbs plus an adverb or a preposition to create non-literal meaning.  
  • Proverbs: Proverbs are proverbs that provide universal truths or wise advice. 
  • Euphemisms: Euphemisms are words (or phrases) used to talk about negative stuff without sounding too negative. 
  • Clichés: A word or a phrase that has become so popular that it is considered “overused”. It can also be utilized to describe something outdated or unoriginal. 


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