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mixed blessing: meaning and explanation

If you say that something is a mixed blessing, it means that something has positive and negative aspects, advantages as well as disadvantages.

It is often used to point out that something which people assume is a very good thing also has some drawbacks. e.g. The new rail development may turn out to be a bit of a mixed blessing for the village. It will be much easier to get to London, but noise pollution is likely to increase.

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

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

Many people the lottery, it be a .
Many people dream winning the lottery, apparently it actually be a blessing.

…apparently it can actually be a mixed blessing…

Apparently is used to introduce an idea or opinion which you have heard from someone else. You are saying that it may not be true, but it is interesting.

It is often used when you are gossiping, e.g. Apparently, Michael’s been having an affair for the last 2 years.

Discussion questions

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

  • Can you think of an example of something which is generally assumed to be a very good thing, but which might actually be a mixed blessing?
  • Do you agree with the speaker in the second example, who thinks that winning the lottery might be a mixed blessing?

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Angelica
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Angelica

An example could be to receive a gift from somebody but actually the person that is giving you that maybe wants something from you in exchange. so that it could be a mixed blessing.

Yes, I agree because when you win the lottery maybe you can have needs to cover with that money but you can be so happy that you dont thing in the future and you can spend all the money in things that are not important.

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javierebz

Can you think of an example of something which is generally assumed to be a very good thing, but which might actually be a mixed blessing?
An example for me in this case could be when someone is single, people consider that the person feels lonely and is not happy so that’s why people look for a couple. However, the marriage is not easy and sometimes people get divorce. So be married is a mixed blessing.

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Tanya

An example of the mixed blessing can be having your own business. It seems businessmen have a lot of money and free time for doing their hobbis and careless life, but actually many company owners have bigger problems due to the bigger responsibility, and often dive into their business missig up a lot of really important things like spending time with families etc.

Talking about winning a lottery – I absolutely agree with the auther as a lot of money can bring more problems than blessing to those who never have had it.

Viviane
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Viviane

At the moment I can’t remember something that could be a mixed blessing.

And I really agree with the example of the activity because I’ve already seen a program on TV talking about some people that become poor again after win the lottery because they only spent the money.

Tanya
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Tanya

Thank you for your comments – very useful!

Marisela
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Marisela

An example of a mix blassing may be social media. Lately, it´s being said that even though they’re usefull to connect people in this digital age, they also used to spread baseless lies and distorted facts which may bring about harmful efectss on our societies and democracies. So, apparently, social media may be one of those things to be a mixed blessings. About the second question, I think that what easy comes, easy goes. I’ve heard of some people who have won the lottery and ended up in worse poverty. Perhaps because they haven’t seen such a huge amount of… Read more »

Marisela
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Marisela

Sorry I got wrong in some sentences. I meant:
An example of a mixed blessing may be social media.
they’re also used to spread baseless lies and distorted facts
they don’t really care much about spending it ON trivial things. Other corrections are wellcome. Thanks! nice job!

Walter
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Walter

un ejemplo podría ser vivir con los padres, seria muy agradable pero seria como tener dependencia de ellos en todo aspecto.

Walter
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Walter

con respecto a ganar la loteria si puede ser una bendición mixta puesto que estarías bien económicamente pero podrías volverte ambicioso

Sveta
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Sveta

Well, agree about lottery absolutely. And my example of mixed blessing is living in a big city 🙂
And thanks for all your feedbacks – appreciate what you do

Aline
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Aline

Many teenagers think that living by themselves is better than living with their parents, but I think it’s a mixed blessing. In one hand you have more privacy and freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, but on the other hand, you have a lot of responsabilities to deal, scuh as bills, bills and bills to pay About winning the lottery… well if you know how to manage all the money, advantages will come and the money might last for years. If you spend everything, you will enjoy the prize for a short period, but you’ll have some… Read more »

Gustavo
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Gustavo

Hi everyone! For me a clear example of mixed blessing it is when people say to you “Go and fight for your dreams, if you are happy dancing, or singing or drawing well! Go for it, don’t give in!” And about my own experience I can say yes! I am happy doing what I love, but is not that easy, at least here in latin america is really tough because the system and the people who point you as a rebel or an ignorant or even your family not supporting you… etc. Thanks guys I’m learning a lot reading all… Read more »

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