Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) an obstacle that prevents movement or access
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    • a barrier to success, barrier to trying something
  • Analysis
    This noun is an object or obstacle which impedes you reaching a destination or achieving a goal. A barrier could be physical like a fence or wall that prevents you from entering somewhere. Barriers can also be figurative such as ‘a barrier to education’ or ‘a barrier to recovery.’ This can be used in professional and social contexts and similar meaning phrases include ‘an obstacle’ or ‘a restriction.’
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Poor command of the English language can be a barrier to success for many people.
    2. The farmer erected a barrier to keep the foxes away from the chickens.
    3. Your excessive drinking is a barrier to recovery. If you don't cut down on alcohol, you'll never get better.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We should avoid features in a product that may be perceived as a barrier to try it.
    2. Most of the time, the cost of a product is a barrier to people trying it.
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