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5 idioms with «Have»

1. to have a way with words = to have talent to express what you mean using effective language (быть красноречивым; не лезть за словом в карман)


If you want to work in social media, you need to have a way with words.

Forgive this obvious statement, but Shakespeare really had a way with words.  The proof is in the staying power of his work.


2. not have a clue (about something) = to know nothing about something (не иметь понятия о чем-то; быть не в курсе дела)

I don't have a clue what I'm supposed to do now.

He didn't have a clue what the teacher was talking about. He just sat at the back and looked out the window.


3. to have a crush on someone = to have a strong feeling of love for someone, usually for a short time (влюбиться в кого-то; «запасть» на кого-то)


Have you ever had a secret crush on a teacher or a co-worker?

had a crush on my friend's brother. I used to go all red when I saw him.

4. to have a big mouth = to talk too much (много говорить; разглашать тайны; иметь длинный язык)

She has such a big mouth and lies so much, you never know what the truth is.

The guy has such a big mouth! You should be careful not to make any comment about anybody.


5. to have a lot on one's plate = to be very busy with many different activities (быть очень занятым; решать много проблем; забот полон рот)

I'm apologizing for not updating my blog for a while, but I've got a lot on my plate.

He had a lot on his plate, and it was no wonder he was nervous.

Answer the questions.

1. Are you eloquent? Do you have a way with words?

2. Do you ever feel like you don't have a clue what to say?

3. Have you ever had a secret crush on someone and never told them? If so, why didn't you?

4. Do you have a big mouth?

5. Have you got a lot on your plate? If yes, what are these things?


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