Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(not) where my strength lies

not where my strength lieswhere my strength lies
Meaning(s)
1) a field that does not suit someone's abilities
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    • that's not where my strength lies, I'm good at other things
  • Analysis
    'Where your strength lies' is a way of saying what your talents, skills and aptitude are. If you say 'that's not where my strength lies' you mean something is outside your area of expertise or outside your skillset and you are not confident about being able to do it well. This is a polite way of saying you have no experience in something you are being asked to do. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My strength lies in Maths and I am weak in other subjects.
    2. I warned him when he asked for help that it wasn't where my strengths lie.
    3. Before applying to universities you should think carefully about where your strengths lie.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I had to tell my boss that I couldn't do the task he had set for me because accounting is not where my strength lies
    2. Peter's strength does not lie in his organisational abilities. It lies in his ability to communicate complex ideas in an easy to understand way.
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