By Shahin Araghi

English phrases are a mystery sometimes, aren’t they? Today we’ve chosen three of the most mysterious and tried to shed some light on them for you – you lucky things you!

Get to grips with something

If you’re reading this blog, it’s probably because you want to get to grips with English better. ‘To grip’ is to hold something in your hand tightly, it’s physical.  ‘To get to grips’ is not physical, it’s about holding something in your mind – to understand how to use or do or command something. And here you are, a student of English, trying to use the language correctly; you’re getting to grips with the language. We’ll give you 2 more examples of this phrase below so you can test your understanding

Dust yourself off and try again.

A reflexive phrasal verb – scary huh?! But it’s actually a really easy phrase to get to grips with [you see? 😉 ]. ‘To dust’ means to clean dust. ‘To dust off’ means to clean dust quickly with your hand. Imagine it, you try to do something, you fall down on the ground, and your clothes become dusty and dirty. I don’t want you to stay there feeling sad, I want you get up, dust yourself off, and try again. Simple!

For what it’s worth

Feeling down about your inability to get to grips with this phrase? Well, for what it’s worth, you’re not the only one. A person feels sad and down because they have not been successful or have not got the positive reaction they had wanted. I want to say something nice or sympathetic to them to make them feel better or console them. Maybe my kind words are not worth much (they don’t have much value), but I’ll say them anyway for the small amount they’re worth – for what they’re worth – got it? Good! Now read the first two sentences of this paragraph again and feel consoled 😉