head start

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 13 comments

head start

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 13 comments

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

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brother a 30 second , otherwise it won't race.

your brother a 30 second head , otherwise it won't be a race.

About the sentence

a head start

A head start = an advantage you have over someone else. This could be in a competition (e.g. a race), or more generally (e.g. in life).

When you decide that someone should be given an advantage (usually to make a situation fairer), we can say that you should give them a head start.


Otherwise is a useful way of introducing a conditional sentence. Otherwise = If not. e.g. You need to leave in the next 5 minutes.  Otherwise you'll miss your flight.

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  • In your country, what kind of things might give someone a head start in life? 

  • Were you given a head start in life, or are you trying to give your children a head start in life?

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mahal80@mail.ru
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Hello Svetlana. Nice too meet you

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I give my sons a head start after after finishing secondary school and enrolling at university

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Abubakar

I can get a head start after joining early reading lab.

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Hi Chris! I am from Ukraine. Answering your question, I think speaking English and having some specific courses instead of just a university degree gives people a real head start to a good job. In general, the most powerful head start someone can get is self-education. Also it can be good interpersonal skills, persistence and creativity. P.S. In the practice section there was an ex.: Although I hated go to the extra lessons after school, it DID give me a head start…. So my question is why it says ‘it DID give me’ istead of ‘it GAVE me’? PPS. It… Read more »

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Wow.. thank you for your feedback! It’s very useful!

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The example I’m going to give it’s nothing to see with the questions above.

I believe that life gave me a head start when at young age I could get a job about my career.

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