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Yusuke
Is "in(by) fits and starts" a common expression? and how do you use them? Thank you in advance.
Jan 24, 2021 5:54 AM
Answers · 2
The term is one from British English. It is not really used in USA.
January 25, 2021
I can't say if the idiomatic expression "in fits and starts" is common since it might be a common expression in some countries while not in others. However, I have seen it used in a few places. It's basically an expression used to mean something that happens irregularly, or in irregular or inconsistent intervals. For example: 1. She wasn't very fluent in Japanese. She spoke in fits and starts. 2. Technology isn't something that you can force to evolve at a regular pace. It advances by fits and starts.
January 24, 2021
Yusuke
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language
English