【LanguageSnacks】 第七期:run off my feet

2016-05-16 英国大使馆文化教育处

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本期我们看run off my feet



A询问B今早是否有时间一起喝杯咖啡, B说我要做很多事情啊,将要run off my feet

A: Do you fancy a coffee this morning?

B: I'd love to, but I'm going to be too busy I'm afraid. I've got to take the children to school, go to the supermarket and do some things at the bank. I'm going to be run off my feet! 


A: Oh, poor you, I didn't realise you were so busy. How about another time then?

B: Definitely! I'll be free tomorrow, if you want to get together then?

A: Great, tomorrow it is. See you then.



Christmas and New Year are always busy times for me. There are presents to buy, decorations to put up, special food to prepare. There's so much to do and so little time! When you're really busy like this, with lots of things to do, you can say you are run off your feet. I don't know where this phrase comes from, but it always makes me smile because it sounds like you've been working so hard that your feet have fallen off! 

It's important to notice that this expression is used like an adjective, not a verb. So make sure you say 'I'm run off my feet' and not 'I run off my feet'!

当你忙得不可开交的时候,你可以说”I’m run off my feet”。这个说法很形象,有时候忙起来的时候的确感觉好像手脚都不是自己的了。

要注意这个词组通常是以形容词词组出现在句子里的,所以千万不要说成”I run off my feet”噢,应该是”I’m run off my feet”。


What does it mean if you are run off your feet?:

a) you are very sick

b) you are very busy

c) you are very energetic

答案: b)


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