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Watch Dara’s latest video to learn more about today’s idiom.
If I were in your shoes? You mean, you want to wear my shoes?
No! If I were in your shoes is just a phrase which means if I were in your situation or if I were you.
Let’s see how we can use this phrase naturally:
- A: [Sigh] My best friend and my new girlfriend both have a birthday this Saturday. I can only go to one party. If you were in my shoes, which would you choose?
- B: Umm, if I were in your shoes, I’d go to your girlfriend’s party, but take your best friend out for a meal and a few drinks on Friday! He’ll understand.
- A: I haven’t got paid in two months. My boss says not to worry – I’ll definitely get paid next month – he says. I’m not so sure. What would you do if you were in my shoes?
- B: Honestly, if I were in your shoes, I’d say, “You have until Friday to pay me. If you don’t, I’m not coming to work again, and I’m reporting you to the labor board.”
So, there we have it. Do you have a similar phrase in your language? Let us know in the comments section below.
Try out what you’ve learned using the idiom from today’s video.
- When was the last time you gave your friends or family members some good advice? Describe the advice you gave them.
- If a friend is having relationship difficulties, what would you say to him/her?
- What advice would you give to someone who had just lost his or her job?
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