Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

on my (mark/count)

on my markon my count
Meaning(s)
1) indicate the moment you want something to begin or be done by giving a signal or counting back to zero
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • on my mark/count the race will begin
  • Analysis

    A mark can mean a signal. If you tell someone to begin on your mark it means you will signal them when it is time to begin. A mark can also be something that indicates a starting position at the beginning of a race so when someone says 'on your mark,' it means to put yourself in a position where you are ready to begin. If you give someone the instruction to begin or to do something on your count it means you intend to count them in or count to an agreed number before beginning.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. On my mark the race will begin, so get ready for me to give the signal.
    2. The race is about to begin so I'd better get on my mark.
    3. We can start together on my count. 1, 2, 3, and go.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Standby to turn over your papers and begin the exam. On my count; three, two, one, go!
    2. The interview is going live on my count 3,2,1 rolling and action.
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