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My Plate is Full
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Publish-date-icon September 24, 2007
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Welcome to this episode of Phil's English.

The other day I was sitting in the office. Since I've recently began taking note of how business people use English language idioms, my ears perked up as a software salesman was leaving the office. He made the statement "my plate is full" to a co-worker as he walked by my cubicle. Now he was not eating so the non-native speaker of English might wonder what he was talking about.

"My plate is full" is an idiom used to say to someone else that I have all the work I can handle. I have no extra hours in the day for anything else. This salesman was saying he could not take on another sales opportunity until something else he was working on was done.

Copyright 2007 Philip Hartman
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