In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at the area of communication:
When people communicate, it is as if their thoughts and ideas travel between one person and the other, or are sent from one person to another:
Sometimes it’s hard to get your ideas across.
He’s brilliant at putting his message across.
What message does this film send to the general public?
I don’t know what I have to do to get through to her.
Could you pass on the message?
Please convey our good wishes to all the other members.
Thanks to the Internet, their ideas are now reaching a wider audience.
We must keep the channels of communication open.
Parents are naturally anxious to transmit their values to their children.
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