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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Noun Phrase 110. The noun phrase today is

  • child's play. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. This noun phrase basically

  • means that something is very easy to do. Yeah. We have a lot of ways in English to

  • say something is easy to do. Of course you can say something is a piece of cake.

  • Something is a breeze. Something is easy as ABC or we have many ways to say that.

  • But anyway, let's continue we do have a kind of a second use of it as well. We

  • can also use child's play to mean that something is insignificant. Meaning not

  • of much importance, especially when compared to something else. So this,

  • this ... so it's insignificant in comparison to this. It is child's play in comparison

  • to this other thing. Okay. Let's continue. This noun phrase goes all the way back

  • to the 1300s and was originally child's game. Okay. Not child's play. So you can...

  • you can see where the idea comes from. It means you know, it's something is so easy

  • that it's almost like children playing. So if even children can do it almost

  • like it's a game to them that it must be very easy. That's , that's where the idea of

  • the noun phrase comes from. But let's continue here. The merchants are so ... This

  • noun phrase apparently appeared in Chaucer's ' The Merchant Tale. " Here is the

  • original quote. So it's in Old English but I'll try to you know, tell you what

  • it would mean. It's pretty easy to figure out. It is no child's play.

  • Of course here they spelled it C-H-I-L-D-E-S. before. There's no child's play to take

  • Now this is supposed to be wife here. At this time they spelled it W Y F. Of

  • course, today we spell it W- I-F-E. With-outen. With-outen is like without. It really

  • means advisement So the word in English today is

  • advisement spelling is slightly different , but you know without being

  • advised or being given advice. So even back then they're saying you know ,

  • marrying is a serious thing you had better be careful who you marry. I's no child's

  • play to take a wife. Meaning it's, it's not it's not so easy. It's kind of

  • difficult. You had better be ... you better get some advice from somebody before

  • you do it, especially you know, before 1300s probably a lot of marriages were

  • still arranged marriages too. So you never know, it may not have always been

  • somebody who fell in love at that time. Anyway, let's continue. We have three

  • examples here to cover this. So example number one. Don't worry , you will have no

  • problem at all. It is just child's play. Yeah. That's very typical of the way you

  • might hear it used. It's just so easy. Number two. In comparison to the last

  • time I had to do this. So here you are making a comparison that it was much harder

  • before. It was child's play. So this time is rather insignificant. It's not of

  • importance now. So again it was easy. Last time I went through hell. Meaning well I

  • don't know you had a lot of problems. It wasn't easy. This time was relatively

  • few problems. So yes, basically in comparison it's child's play this time

  • in comparison to the last time. So it's more insignificant this time in

  • comparison to the time before. All right and number three here. I thought the

  • questions were going to be difficult, but they turned out to be child's play. So

  • they turned out to be very simple. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it was clear.

  • Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Noun Phrase 110. The noun phrase today is

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