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Be on the cards

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Reader's question: But, in the long run, a diversification of the nation's reserves now looks unavoidable, and may well be on the cards.

Could you explain “on the cards”?

Folks this is a common expression often heard in the English language and one well worth learning.

To get a good idea of what it suggests I’d like you to conjure up an image of a fortune teller who is looking at a set of cards and trying to read into what is probable or likely to happen soon.

With that in mind now look at this example, “But, in the long run, a diversification of the nation's reserves now looks unavoidable, and may well be on the cards.”

As we can see here, the phrase is referring to something that is likely to happen in the near future, regarding China’s currency reserves and its past reliance on the US dollar.

Another example, as we head into July, could see me saying at the local corner store, ‘Hey Laoban! You better make that 2 magnum ice-creams, 3 ice coffees and a chilled chocolate croissant – it seems more hot days are on the cards’.

So readers, as we welcome the warmer summer months, let’s hope happiness and health are on the cards for you too!

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About the author:

Be on the cards

About the author: Brendan has taught at universities, high schools and primary schools in Japan,the UK, Australia and China. He is a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor and has extensive experience with International English Language Examinations. In the field of writing Brendan has been published in The Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times, Inflight magazines and the Asia News Network. He can be contacted at brendanjohnworrell@hotmail.com.