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