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Why do we say 'Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining'?

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"Don't be unhappy that your boyfriend broke up with you - every cloud has a silver lining".  What does this idiom mean?

Meaning:

Every cloud has a silver lining means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun.

How to 'Give your Opinion'

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John Stuart Mill was a member of British Parliament  between 1865 and 1868. He is perhaps most famous for his controversial essay titled ‘On Liberty’, in which he says...

Why do we say 'Three Sheets to the Wind'?

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'Don't drink too much tonight, you were three sheets to the wind last weekend.'

This expression is used to describe someone who is drunk to the point of being unable to stand up straight. The ‘sheets’ here refer to the sails of a windmill rather than bed linen. Windmill operators used to add or remove the number of sails according to the strength of the wind.

Disagreeing Politely

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Coming from a teacher, it may sound strange to hear me admit that, when it comes to grammar, I just don’t have that much time for it!

Affect vs.Effect

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Affect is a verb, although very rarely it can be used as a noun. Effect can be a verb or a noun, so it's  to get them confused.

Try using them like this:

Effect (noun)

A thing that has happened.
'Watching his favourite team lose had little effect on Julian'.

Effect (verb)

To bring about change.
'We will effect changes to business policies from next year'.

When to use You're and Your

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You're really means ‘you are’, the apostrophe (apostrophe = ') shows us that the ‘a’ is missing:

"You're really boring. I wish I didn’t have to sit next to you all day.”

Your is a possessive pronoun and should be followed by a noun:

‘Your car, your phone…’

One common mistake is to say, ‘Hope your okay’.

It should, of course, be, ‘Hope you're okay’.