Know/Learn the ropes // Line of work // On the back burner

Today we will review three new Expressions. Know/Learn the ropes, Line of work, and On the back burner. Review the definitions below and then look at the 3 example sentences for each expression. After reviewing the information, try to make your own examples for each expression.

 

EXPRESSIONMEANING
Know/Learn the ropes(To understand how to do a particular job or activity)
Line of work(Job or occupation)
On the back burner(Something that is temporarily not being dealt with or considered, especially because it is not urgent or important)

KNOW/LEARN THE ROPES

#EXAMPLES
1Anyone who's been doing the job for a few months should know the ropes by now.
2Once I learn the ropes at my new job, I won't be so nervous.
3We need someone to teach the new staff. Someone who knows the ropes and is good at explaining things.

LINE OF WORK

#EXAMPLES
1I believe that the majority of you chose your line of work because you want to help.
2In my line of work, being surrounded by gadgets is an occupational requirement.
3This line of work requires lots of effort.

ON THE BACK BURNER

#EXAMPLES
1We’ve all had to put our plans on the back burner for a while.
2The building project is on the back burner for now.
3This matter was on the back burner for a long time.

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