This clip is from the fascinating Hidden Brain podcast.

In this exercise, all the weak forms (unstressed forms of grammatical words in connected speech) have been removed. Listen as many times as you need to, and see if you can identify them all. Good luck!

just sort take granted children need taken care of long time.

…we just sort of take it for granted

If you take something for granted, it means that you don’t notice or appreciate it.

Usually we use this expression to say that someone has something good, but doesn’t appreciate it, e.g. I always took my health for granted until I became seriously ill.

In this clip, the expression means that we don’t question or think about something – we just accept it as true. e.g. We take it for granted that young people should go to university, but actually it may not always be the best option.

Photo by Liane Metzler on Unsplash.

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