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when it comes to: meaning and explanation

When it comes to something is a very useful phrase for focussing on a specific topic or area.

We use this phrase to introduce a more specific topic or area that we want to talk about. e.g. In general I’m quite a relaxed parent, but when it comes to my children’s safety I don’t take any chances. 

Imagine I am explaining the ways in which I am similar to my parents. In some ways, I am similar to my mum. In other ways, I am similar to my dad. I can use ‘when it comes to’ to focus on specific areas, e.g. When it comes to my appearance, I take after my dad. When it comes to my personality, I take after my mum.

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

Dictation #1

Accent: England (London)

good driver, but parking problems.
I'm a good driver, but it comes parking I have problems.

Discussion question

Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • The UK has many nice places to visit. When it comes to history, Bath is probably the most important city. When it comes to nightlife, London is definitely the most popular destination. When it comes to outdoor activities, the Scottish Highlands can’t be beaten.Tell me about different places to visit in your country, using ‘when it comes to’ to focus on different areas.

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