Effective English Communication - Polysemy in English
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In this Livestream, we discuss polysemy in English and how that can make us more effective communicators in English. If you can understand the meaning of polysemous phrases then you can face any social situation!

Phrases that are polysemic:

  • How are you?
  • Let’s do coffee?
  • We should get lunch one of these days?
  • We should hang out soon. (soon in general)
  • Get ready for the meeting.
  • Ready by end of the business day.

Words that are polysemic:

  • Bright
  • naturally
  • Clearly
  • Get (become, understand, procure, obtain)
  • Mathematical words: mean, power, even, volume, root

Here are some examples of polysemous words and polysemic phrases:


  • While John was in the garden, the doorbell rang.
  • While your argument is correct, it is incomplete.


  • I need to have the key replicated.
  • The key issue with this presentation was not one of completion but lack of polish.


  • Sally is a fantasy writer. She likes making up stories.
  • Did you know that English speakers make up a huge percentage of the global population?

About the Author and the Explearning Academy:

Mary Daphne is an expert in communication, executive skills and professional development. She is the founder of the Explearning Academy, a platform dedicated to helping individuals enhance their social fluency, boost their careers, and elevate their social game. Through immersive group coaching programs like the Executive Communication Lab and self-guided journeys, participants gain the social superpowers and career catapults they've been searching for. If you're ready to take your negotiation skills to the next level and connect with like-minded individuals, visit academy.explearning.co and explore the various plans available. Join the Explearning Academy community and unlock your full potential.

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