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Shakespeare’s language in everyday English

Actor Shaheen Khan talks about how phrases from 'Macbeth' are still commonly used in English today.

One of Shakespeare’s gifts to the world has been the wonderful idioms and proverbs which he used or invented.

In this video, Shaheen describes her experience of preparing to act in ‘Macbeth’, and finding that she already recognised a lot of the lines from the play, because they have become phrases which we use every day. In fact, they have become so common that people often don’t even realize that they are quoting Shakespeare.

  • Which two idioms does Shaheen mention?
  • Do you know what they mean?
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