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.

“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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