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English Idioms

“Happy as a Clam”

Happy as a Clam


  • very happy and content

Frequency of Use: Medium

(This picture actually shows oysters, not clams. )

Sample Sentences

  1. My son was as happy as a clam when his team won the soccer game.
  2. I’d be as happy as a clam if my parents gave me a car for graduation.
  3. The children were as happy as clams when school was canceled because of the weather.

Conversation Questions

  1. What events  in life would make you happy as a clam? Explain.

Speaking Situation

Last week, as you were driving home from work, you witnessed a terrible accident. You jumped out of your car and pulled a young woman and her baby to safety before the car exploded. Later, you find out that the woman and baby you rescued were the family of a famous basketball player. In return for your bravery, the player gave you a million US dollars. Of course, you are as happy as a clam, but you also want to give half of the money to organizations in the local community. If so, how would you use the money?

Possible Answer

“I would give some money to the local library so they can buy more books for the children’s section.”

Language Activity

Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it. 

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