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Going through the motions

English Meaning 1

doing the necessary work without thinking about it (when we speak English about it)

English Example 1

“First day back after the holiday, I think everyone’s just going through the motions”
(Learn English tip: for correct grammar this sentence should start with ‘It’s the’, but when we speak English we often take shortcuts)

English Meaning 2

English Example 2

“I think we need to discuss new ways of delivering our service, I don’t want to see people just going through the motions with our clients, I need to see you problem solving for them on an individual needs basis”

English Meaning 3

going through daily routine without thinking - sometimes a sign of grief

English Example 3

“She’s not herself, you can see she’s just going through the motions, everyday”


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