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To Borrow From

To Borrow From

Meaning: to
take another idea and add it to your own


Terri: I’m so
excited! My cousin is coming in from out of town and I want to show her around
LA, but I want to take her to someplace different, not just the typical tourist

Selma: What
is she interested in?

Terri: Well,
let’s see….She is actually studying architecture at New York University, but I
can’t imagine LA has any interesting buildings compared to New York!

Selma: Actually,
there are a few places you could take her that have really nice examples of Art
Deco like The Wiltern, The El Ray Theater and even on the Queen Mary in Long

Terri: Art
Deco? What exactly is it?

Selma: It’s a
unique style of architecture from the 1920s and 1930s that borrowed styles from
ancient cultures like Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Terri: Really? Well, I’m sure that would be interesting for an architecture
major, especially a style that borrowed
from so many other cultures.

Example 2:

Ken: I just saw a really
interesting report on TV.

Jolene: Really? What was it

Ken: Well, they were talking
about how so many of the words in English are borrowed from other languages.

Jolene: I thought that English
was the “international language” and that other languages borrowed from English.

Ken: That may be the case
now, but originally English borrowed
many of its words from Latin. Also,
a large number of words were borrowed
from Greek and French.

Jolene: Hmmm….interesting!

borrow from
means to take another idea from someone or something and
make it your own idea. In example 1, the style “Art Deco” borrowed from other
ancient styles to make its own unique style. In example 2, the English language
also borrowed from other languages to form modern English.

This idiom can be found in the LSI textbook
Reading Connections. This book is used at LSI schools in the level 3 Reading/Vocabulary
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