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English Idioms

“Have a lot on your plate”

Have a lot on your plate


  • have many things to do in your life

Sample Sentences

  1. I have a lot on my plate right now, so I can’t go to the movie tonight.
  2. Why do you have so much on your plate these days?
  3. My father works 60 hours a week, and he is taking care of my grandparents, so he always has a lot on his plate.
  4. I’m a little bored because I don’t have much on my plate right now.
  5. If Joshua didn’t have so much on his plate, he’d join the soccer team.

Conversation Questions

  1. How do you relax mentally and physically when you have a lot on your plate?

Speaking Situation

Your sister has a lot on her plate between work and school, and she hasn’t been feeling well recently. She has also lost a lot of weight. What can your sister do to improve her health and emotional well-being?

Possible Answer

My sister should go hiking with a friend on the weekend to relax. 

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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