The Power of Exaggeration in Eglish (1)

2013/05/20

"I've told you a million times not to leave your clothes on the floor !"
This is something an angry mother might say to her child, but for non-native speakers of English it might be confusing.  
Did she really tell him 1,000,000 times ?  If so, isn't she tired ?

Well, of course she didn't say it so many times.  She's using "Exaggeration" to make a point.
To exaggerate something is to make it sound bigger or more important to make a point.  In English we use it as a kind of idiom to give our statement more power.

Another example: "I went to the bank, but there was about 500 people in line ahead of me, so I gave up."  
Really ? must be a big bank !         (G.K)

お役立ち英会話表現 68
exaggeration         誇張、大げさに言う
a million times       何回も
make a point          ハッキリさせる
in line             並んでいる
ahead of me          私の前に

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