A trio of idiomatic English expressions

I’m a real fan of “3s”…can you tell from my blog post titles? And well, I’m at it again with these three idiomatic English expressions.

catch 22 (noun)

Meaning: A situation that has no answer or solution. It comes from a novel of the same name.

Example: “I applied for some jobs, but they won’t hire me because I don’t have any experience. How can I get experience if no one will hire me without experience?! It’s a catch 22!”

to hang / hang out (verb)

Meaning: To spend time with someone, but not suggesting a specific activity. This phrase works with both friends and romantic relationships.

Example:
“Do you want to hang out this weekend? I’ve worked hard and need to have some fun!”
“Let’s hang soon! I haven’t seen you in a long time!”

to stay in touch or to be in touch

Meaning: To be in communication with someone; usually said when someone is leaving or moving and you are unsure when you will see them again and you want to remain in contact with them.

Example: “Make sure you stay in touch after you move to New York, Mary! We want to know what’s going on with you!”


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