Year 3 Language and Literature

Familiar Sayings

Beggars can't be choosers

Every culture has phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture.

Easier said than done

People use this saying to mean that itís sometimes easy to say what should be done, but itís harder to do it.

Rachel and Tom found an old, bent bicycle frame in a rubbish skip. 'Let's take it home and mend it,' said Rachel. 'Easier said than done,' said Tom. 'Where are we going to get two wheels and a chain to fit it? And how are we going to straighten the frame?'

touch and go

Get out of the bed on the wrong side

People use this phrase to mean someone is in a bad temper, as if they had collided with a wall when trying to get up.

'My mum was in a bad mood all morning. I think she got out of bed on the wrong side.'

This activity has been adapted from pages 93 and 94 of What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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