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Variety of Expression

Grade 9
Sep 6, 2022

Types of Variety of Expression


A group of words whose meanings are not clear or understandable from the individual words. Example: ‘raining cats and dogs’ – this idiom means that it’s raining heavily 


These are informal words or phrases more commonly spoken in English. These words or phrases are typically used in a group or society. New slang expressions are made every day. Hence it is hard to find slang in the dictionary—for example: ‘hood’ – slang for the neighborhood. 

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are verbs that have a figurative meaning, just like idioms, and also literal meaning. A phrasal verb is always made with a verb and either an adverb or preposition. Example: Look after – Can you look after my cat while I’m on holiday?  


Are short meaningful sentences commonly known by the public and repeated as a piece of advice or suggestion. A proverb usually expresses the common truth. Example: Time is money (proverb) 


Are words or phrases that have become commonly used that are considered overused and are not that interesting? It can also be used to describe what is outdated or unoriginal. Example: All that glitters is not gold. 


Jargon (or Professional Slang)

Jargon are words or phrases used by a particular profession or group and are usually tricky for members outside of the group to understand. Example: due diligence – putting effort into research before making a business decision. 



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