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Would you like a cup of tea?

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Category : English test

Did you know that the phrase ‘cup of tea’ has two meanings?

1. Would you like a cup of tea?

A cup of tea is our favourite drink in Britain. We drink it from a mug or a cup. If we drink it from a cup, we place the cup on a saucer. We only use a cup and saucer when we want to impress somebody. If the Queen visits, give her a cup and saucer.

2. It’s not my cup of tea.

We also use ‘cup of tea’ to say if we like something. It’s usually negative. When we don’t like something and we want to be very polite, we say ‘it’s not my cup of tea’. If we don’t want to be polite, there are lots of alternatives!

Is it tea time yet?