micro wang
"be wasted on " what is the meaning of the expression ? "be wasted on " what is the meaning of the expression ?our textbook said it means "not understand sth or not realize how valuable sth is". but why i feel it is not proper when i take it into a sentence ,it feels strange.
May 27, 2010 10:32 AM
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Here's an example sentence: "Mathematics is wasted on him." So, trying to teach him maths is a waste of time. He'll never understand or value it. or "My cooking is wasted on you!" Meaning all the effort of me cooking was a waste, you either gobble it down without tasting it, or you won't eat it at all. You don't appreciate my cooking. The 'something' is what is wasted. What the something is wasted on is the person (or group, or other thing) that doesn't appreciate or understand the thing's value. Hope that helps! :)
May 27, 2010
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micro wang
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English