in your element: meaning and explanation

If you are in your element, you feel very happy, comfortable or in control because you are doing the thing that you are best at.

Imagine someone who is quite shy and awkward, but who becomes incredibly calm and confident when they are playing the piano. When they are performing, they are in their element. They are doing what they do best.

Another example could be someone who is very skilled at organising things – when they are running a complicated project, they would be in their element.

People who are very talented swimmers or divers probably feel like they are in their element when they are in water.

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

Dictation #1

Accent: Ireland

, Jess .
When presentation to full people, Jess really .
When she’s a presentation to a full of people, Jess really in her .

…When she’s giving a presentation…

Notice the important collocation to give a presentation. e.g. I’m giving the most important presentation of my life tomorrow and I haven’t even started writing it yet.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • As a teacher, I feel like I’m in my element when students are asking me lots of tricky grammar questions. What about you – when do you feel like you are in your element?

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