Archive for May 12, 2011

grammatical expression: second to none

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The other day I was reading an article on the Internet, and in it I saw the grammatical expression for today: “second to none”. We use this expression to talk about things which are the best in our opinions. In other words, according to us, they are number one. For example:

The apple pie at this restaurant is second to none. I highly recommend it!

When it comes to cooking, my wife is second to none.

For Canadians, hockey is a sport which is second to none.

Of all the books I’ve read, Midnight’s Children is second to none.

As I mentioned in a recent blog, when North Americans say “hockey”, it means ice hockey. When other people say “hockey”, they mean field hockey.

In my last example, I mention the novel Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. This is my personal favorite book of all time, but that is my opinion. Other people may not agree. Therefore, when I say it’s “second to none”, it means that it’s number one for me.

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