Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Better off

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If you are “better off”, it means that you are in a better or more favorable position or situation. If you are better off with (something) or doing (something), it is a more preferable scenario when compared to other options or alternatives.

1. There is an expression which says, “Ignorance is bliss” (Ignorance is happiness). It basically means that some things we are better off not knowing. It’s the same as saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Do you honestly think you would be better off not knowing something, or is it always better to know?

2.  If you had to choose between losing your sight and losing your hearing, which would it be? Would you be better off being able to see or being able to hear? In the latest episode of Dr. House entitled, “Love is blind”, a blind patient is faced with a decision: he can receive treatment and lose his hearing or he could refuse the treatment and die. Initially he thought it was better off to die if he were both blind and deaf. Look at this video clip I put together:

3. Our environment will be better off when we start using alternative forms of energy more and more.

4. I have a cable TV subscription, but in Brazil all of my favorite TV series are shown at least 2 to 3 weeks after they come out in the US. It’s better off downloading them and watching them immediately, than having to wait so long - even if it’s considered piracy. What do you think?


  1. Hey folks, Maybe the U.S. is much better off keeping Syria's Assad?

  2. @Anonymous I'm not sure what would be better off for the US. I'm not clued up on their relationship with Syria... but I do know that Syria would be better off without Assad.

  3. Hi there. I will be better off if I keep on learning the idioms and phrasal verbs presented here and actually use them, which is quite hard now, I mean, to remember the right one when you need it. Thanks for the stuff, Frank.

    "Ignorance is bliss" seems to be true, you're more relaxed when you don't know a lot of shit happening in the world. On the other hand, there is another saying, like "Information is power", you know something => you are aware of it => becoming more careful => more likely to survive. Profit! You're better off knowing that.

  4. @pluton Yes... I agree with you... sometimes information is power. It's like that for Google, Facebook and Twitter. They are all competing for internet traffic. Facebook, I think, knows more about people than any other social site. People give their information voluntarily and inadvertently to FB... and, of course, they use this to their advantage... marketing and promoting things that are within your field of interest. Google also does that by presenting you with advertisements based on the content of your emails. Information is indeed power.

  5. I'd like to know the difference between you'd better vs be better off. tks. Dalva

  6. Hi Dalva,
    When someone says, "You'd better" + verb, they are giving you very direct advice or even a warning. There's a good explanation on this site:

  7. I guess better off alone than badly accompanied.