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the pros and cons

Meaning: The pros and cons of something are its good points and bad points.

For example:

  • We need to look into the pros and cons of doing business in China before opening an office there.

  • Let's have a debate on the pros and cons of using games to learn languages.

Origin: This idiom is derived from the Latin words "pro", meaning for, or in favour of, and "contra", meaning against, or not in favour of.

Quick Quiz:

We looked at the pros and cons of
  1. using old people as slaves
  2. eating poisonous mushrooms
  3. changing to a vegetarian diet

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