Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is
prepositional phrase 10. The prepositional phrase today is at a loss
for words. Okay. Let’s take a look at the note. If someone is at a loss for words,
he or she does not know what to say or how to respond to a particular situation.
One is basically speechless. Okay. Let’s continue. It is easy to see how this
phrase was formed. If one is lost for something, it means they don’t have it or
cannot find it. So in the same sense, you can’t find the words because there’s
something about the situation that has kind of made your mind blank. It has
shocked you or it made you over emotional or something like that and you
just you just can’t find any words. Your brain can’t come up with some words. So
you , you will often say that you’re at a loss for words. Let’s continue. You can
also use the phrase “words fail me ” in similar situations. Okay . Let’s continue.
All right. Let’s look. We have got four examples here. Let’s look at the
different examples. Here’s the first one. I cannot believe what he said. it was… I
was too shocked. I was at a loss for words. So of course, in this case you
are shocked. And you’re so shocked by what this person said that you just
didn’t know how to respond. So you could say you are at a loss for words in this
situation. All right. Number two here. I was at a loss for words to see the amount of
people who donated money to help me out of my difficult situation. So this is
actually a good reason. Sometimes you know, something that touched your heart so
much or touched you emotionally and for that reason maybe you can’t think and
you could be at a loss for words in that sort of situation too.
Let’s look at number three here. When he showed up for the interview wearing
just his underwear, I was at a loss for words. Yes here’s another one where you
were just completely shocked. You just, don’t know what to say.
It was too shocking and too unexpected a sort of a situation. All right.
Number four here. The topic was just too stupid and boring I couldn’t think of
any interesting questions to ask. Maybe that was your job you were supposed to
ask some interesting questions and there’s just nothing about the topic
that was interesting at all. So I was at a loss for words. it just means you
know, you just didn’t have anything in your head. You couldn’t figure it out.
In this sense you can also say I was at a loss for words. Or again in all these
situations you probably could have said words failed me too. Okay. Anyway, I hope you
got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.