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[Expression] Sitting on the Fence (Kind-Of)

Hello Everyone,

Today, I am going to introduce a simple English expression. Study it while you keep the image below in mind (I am sure this will help you memorize this).

sitting-on-the-fence

“I was thinking about hiring someone to trim the trees in my backyard … but then I thought: ‘I could really do it myself as well’. I am ‘kind-of sitting on the fence’ about it”. Today I would like to mainly explain “sitting on the fence”. This is a common English expression that you can say if you are undecided about something, or to say it another way, that you are “going back-and-forth” about it. To describe, let’s imagine a fence separating two people’s backyards. I imagine this expression comes from the fact that if you are really sitting on a fence then you are not really on one side or the other side – but actually on the fence. Here is another example of the expression: “She is thinking of going to the nightclub tonight … either that or relax and stay home – but last time I spoke with her she was really ‘sitting on the fence’ about it.” In other words, she was having difficulty deciding what to do. Just a brief side-note on the “kind-of” expression in the second sentence of this paragraph. It is not something one would normally write in a book, but it is used quite often in everyday spoken English to express uncertainty in whatever follows in the sentence. For example, I am “kind-of” tired or that was “kind-of” funny … or this expression is used “kind-of” often. 🙂

Sincerely,

Oliver Meissner, Teaching Director of LiveEnglishClass.com

 

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