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25 / 03 / 2009

STATE-1: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Following up from yesterdays Daily Vitamin about the difference between state and status, today and tomorrow I'd like to look at a few expressions that use the word state in them. In all of these expressions, the meaning of state is "condition."

Expression: to be in a state (informal)

Meaning: to be or to become very excited or anxious.

Example 1:
He is in a real state about his final exams next week. I can't believe how nervous he is!

This expression can also mean that a place is very dirty or untidy.

Example 2:
Matthew: David. What a state this room is in! Please clean it up right away!
David: Okay papa...I'm going.

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