In today’s lesson, we will be discussing expressions related to habits. Let’s define the word habit first. What is a habit? It is a pattern of behaviour that you do on a regular basis; like taking a walk in the evening, eating your soup cold, exercising, etc. We all have habits. Let’s learn how to talk about them. Here are 10 essential expressions related to habits that will make your English much more interesting and smart.
The meaning of this collocation is clear. It’s about an annoying or irritating habit someone might have.
- She has an annoying habit of talking about people behind their backs.
- It is such an irritating habit of his to leave a toothpaste tube open.
A GOOD / BAD HABIT
- It’s important to develop a good study habit when you’re young.
- You’re always so tense. It’s because of your bad habit to question everything.
MAKE A HABIT OF SOMETHING / MAKE SOMETHING A HABIT
Meaning: start doing something regularly without giving it much thought.
- My daughter made a habit of kissing me whenever she sees me.
- I’m trying to make healthy eating a habit.
BE/GET IN THE HABIT
Meaning: It is about developing a habit. Look at the example sentences and you’ll understand.
- Susana is in the habit of drinking a glass of wine after dinner.
- My grandma got in the habit of calling me every Sunday morning.
FALL INTO A HABIT
Meaning: If you fall into a habit of doing something, then you develop a bad habit.
- I’ve fallen into my old habit of biting nails.
- Peter fell into a bad habit of taking drugs while he was at college.
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
Meaning: People find it difficult to give up their habits, especially the old ones.
- She can’t get used to reading books in the kindle book-reader. Old habits die hard.
- If Helen didn’t spend so much time online, she wouldn’t gain weight. Unfortunately, old habits die hard.
KICK / BREAK THE HABIT
Meaning: get rid of a bad habit.
- Nicotine chewing gums can help you kick the habit of smoking.
- Wearing a smartwatch can help you break the habit of sitting for too long.
CREATURE OF HABIT
Meaning: doing the same things as usual, rather than doing them differently.
- He’s a creature of habit. He’s never missed a single series of ‘Eastenders’.
- Anna always sleeps on the back. She’s a creature of habit.
BY FORCE OF HABIT
Meaning: a habit developed by constant repetitions.
- By force of habit, John always checks his Facebook newsfeed while on public transport.
- As she’s been running 30 minutes every day for six months, she’s got to do it today by force of habit.
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