My friend is a single parent with two children. Although she has a full-time job at the local grocery store and receives some support from her family in the form of childcare, she finds it difficult to make ends meet. She finds it difficult to earn enough money to pay for rent, clothes, and school fees. Do you know anyone who is struggling financially?
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To make ends meet? Like, to connect the end of two parts?
No! To make ends meet means to earn just enough money to live on – just enough money to survive.
Let’s look at a few example sentences:
- Mary has to work three jobs just to make ends meet.
- The cost of living keeps rising, but our wages stay the same. Even though my wife and I are both working full time, we’re barely making ends meet.
- Mr. Prime Minister, thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet, yet your government is going to cut vital welfare programs. It’s a disgrace!
So, there we are: make ends meet. Try to use this idiom in a sentence of your own, and put it in the comments section below. Take care!
Read the questions below. Now, try to make some sentences using today’s idiom.
- Have you ever struggled with finding enough money for daily necessities? How did you feel?
- When you were a student, did you always have enough money to buy all the things you wanted?
- Do you know any families who may be struggling with their finances?
- Are there any charitable organizations in your area that work with the poor? How do they support them?
- What groups in your country need the most financial support from the government? Why?
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