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Idioms I


(be) into = to like; to have a big interest in something.

He‘s very into rollerblading.

What are you into these days? (What are your interests now?)


in a way = a little bit; kind of; in a certain manner.

In a way, it’s a beautiful old house, but we would have to do a lot of work on it to make it look really nice.

 in the way / in one’s way = to block or prevent someone from doing something.

Never get in the way of an elephant!

 in case = if; to do something in preparation

He decided to wear a raincoat and a hat and bring an umbrella in case it rains.

In case it rains, he’s prepared.

 in common = to have interests that are similar; to have the same ideas.

They have a lot in common. That’s why they like each other so much.

 in fact = in truth; this is the truth.

 Roberto says he’s not a very good soccer player. In fact, he’s quite good.

(quite = very)

 in favor of = choosing one thing over another.

He reads the newspaper in favor of watching TV to know what’s happening in the world.

 in general = generally; basically; a situation that is true for many or most.

Most children, in general, play well together.

in general, children are able to learn how to do things quickly.

 in place = organized; in the right location or situation.

Yesterday her living room was a mess; now everything is clean and in place.

 in time = just before, close to a time.

Yasser hopes to be in time for the meeting.

He didn’t get there in time last week, and that made a few people angry.

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