A great way to make your English sound more advanced is to slip in an idiom or common English expression every now and then! However, to the native speaker, these can sound very strange if not used correctly. So my idioms and expressions posts are there to help you use these chunks of language in a way that sounds natural. Today’s post will help you to use ‘Don’t count your chickens yet’ in everyday conversation.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The original expression is actually Don’t count your chickens before they hatch but we tend to shorten it to Don’t count your chickens yet.
Sometimes, when a hen lays eggs, not all the eggs successfully hatch to become chickens (sad news I know!) so you can’t assume you will have 10 chickens just because you have 10 eggs.
Therefore, the expression means don’t assume something will definitely happen until you can be absolutely sure. In other words, wait to see how many chickens you have before you make plans!
HOW TO USE ‘DON’T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS YET’ IN A CONVERSATION
Perhaps you have your driving test next month. You tell your friend that, when you have passed your test, you are going to do a driving tour of the south coast. Your friend says to you:
I’ve heard the driving examiner is really strict so don’t count your chickens yet!
Or perhaps your football team is on target to win the championship. You tell your friend how excited you are and what you are planning to do to celebrate. Your friend says to you:
Don’t count your chickens yet – We still have to play Southampton!
Do you use this expression in your language? Do you have any of your own examples like mine? Let me know in the comments below!