Pei Yung
take one day at a time/wait and see/let the chips fall Are these three idioms interchangeable? Are they common used idioms? For example: I have no idea whether I can get a job or not. All I can do is trying my best. Just take one day at a time. Can I change "Just take one day at a time" as "Let`s wait and see" or "Let the chips fall"? Thank you.
Oct 22, 2018 2:12 PM
Answers · 2
Hi Pei Yung - you've picked up some great idioms there:-) 'wait and see' and 'take one day at a time' are both very common in British English. 'let the chips fall' is less common - I've never used it, anyway. Your sentences would sound more natural like this: I have no idea whether I can get a job or not. All I can do is try my best and just take one day at a time. All I can do is wait and see. All I can do is try my best and let the chips fall where they may. Hope this helps - have fun learning English.
October 22, 2018
No, they're all different. . You can say all of them in that situation, but the meaning is still different. In other situations you can't use all of them. Nothing is interchangeable with anything else! :)
October 22, 2018
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Pei Yung
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwanese), English, Japanese
Learning Language
English, Japanese