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3 Common Idioms to Encourage Others (with practice questions!)


Disclaimer: This post is about encouraging people, but it is important to remember that sometimes words are not enough. If you find it hard to get out of bed every day or think you may be depressed, consider seeking the help of a professional.


We all need a little encouragement sometimes. Whether we feel alone, unconfident, or self-conscious about the way we look or how others perceive us, everyone has days when they feel down. It is in those moments that some kind words can help. Here are some phrases we can use to tell someone that they are still important and that they are not alone.


"Hang in there."

don't quit; don't give up; persist; keep holding on

"I know times are tough right now, but hang in there."

"My aunt's in the hospital, but she's hanging in there."

"The week is almost over. We just have to hang in there a little longer."


"Keep your chin up."

stay positive; don't get discouraged

"Hey, don't look so sad. Keep your chin up. Things will get better."

"Keep your chin up. I know you wanted the promotion, but I'm sure you'll have more opportunities in the future."

"You've survived worse situations before. Just keep your chin up."


"You've got this." (common usage: "You got this")

you can do this; you will be successful in this endeavor

"Why are you so nervous? You've got this."

"I'm not worried about her at all. I'm sure she's got this."

"Mom! Don't worry! I got this!" (encouraging your mom that you will be successful in what you are doing)


I hope this blog post has given you some new sentences you can use with confidence the next time you need to encourage someone.


For more useful English idioms, check out 200 Practical English Idioms. It has over 1,000 examples, common sentences, and only the most current usages. It's language you can and will actually use.


Until next time, I wish you success in your studies. You've got this!


Practice

Complete the idioms with the missing word.


1. "I believe in you. You've __________ this."

2. "It's almost the weekend. Just hang __________ there a little longer."

3. "I know times are tough, but try to keep your __________ up, okay?"


What would you say to a friend in these situations?

1. Your friend is worried about a job interview.

2. Your friend is struggling with their homework and doesn't want to finish it. They're almost finished!

3. Your friend is feeling down because they didn't get a promotion at work.


Answers

Complete the idioms

1. You've got this 2. Just hang in there a little longer 3. try to keep your chin up, okay?

What would you say?

1. You've got this. 2. Hang in there! 3. Keep your chin up.


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