016 - Expression: Give an Inch, Take a Mile


In this expression episode, you'll learn how to use the common English expression GIVE AN INCH, TAKE A MILE. You'll also learn about when we use the METRIC SYSTEM IN THE U.S..

 American English Podcast

American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

"If I ask you how tall are you, what should you say? If you asked me that, I would say 5’10” (five ten) so that means five feet and ten inches. Okay. One apostrophe means feet and two apostrophes means inches, but native English speakers would never say this, they would just say five foot ten or just five ten."


Hi everyone! That little snippet in the introduction was taken from Mad English TV in a wonderful video called How To Measure in English: Feet and Inches. I’ll post the link within the transcript if you’re interested. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to use the expression give an inch, take a mile and we’ll talk about the metric system in the US. You probably think we don’t use it at all, right. Well, stay tuned to find out.

Your Host

Shana - ESL Teacher

Hi Everyone! I am an ESL teacher from California and the host of the American English Podcast. Learn more about me and my teaching experience here.

Recent Episodes