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to go hand in hand: meaning and explanation

If something goes hand in hand with something else, then the two things are deeply connected or interrelated, they normally happen together, or one usually causes the other.

e.g. Mental wellbeing often goes hand in hand with physical activity and time spent outdoors.

e.g. Productivity and a healthy work-life balance are increasingly seen as going hand in hand.

e.g. You can’t solve the climate crisis without addressing overconsumption. The two issues really do go hand in hand.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: North America

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counterintuitive, road signs often with traffic accidents.

About the sentence

…it’s kind of counterintuitive…

If something is counterintuitive, then it is the opposite of what you would expect – it goes against your common sense.

e.g. I have to say, I find the design of the app pretty counterintuitive. It’s quite hard to use.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (London)

Micro-listening #3

Accent: Northern England


Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • Can you think of any of your own examples of things that go hand in hand?

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