grant means fulfill a request or wish. this video from the richyrocks youtube channel is an example from catholic mass petitioning the lamb of the lord (jesus) to grant us peace.
similarly, the idiom take for granted is used to indicate something that people don’t appreciate enough or that they expect will always be ready and available; literally they assume a request has been granted when maybe it hasn’t.
this vid of conan o’brien interviewing comedian louis c.k. is a favorite of mine to analyze in class.
the video is blurry (i do NOT take high definition for granted :D) but the audio is clear and c.k’s observations on how we take our technology for granted are funny and accurate. some of the things louis thinks we take for granted are cell phones, travelling by airplane and the internet.
louis ck explaining how people take technology for granted,
and this richard roeper review of the movie contagion has an example of how granted is used by itself.
gwynneth paltrow making people sick in contagion. granted, she doesn’t know she’s contagious.
roeper loved the movie, but by using the word granted at 2:45 he recognizes or accepts that for people who are afraid of germs, the movie could be difficult to watch
granted, this is heavy stuff, and I know some germaphobes who don’t even want to hear about a movie called “contagion“ let alone experience it.
let alone in this context is an expression that means much less. people who fear germs don’t want to even know about a movie like contagion, much less watch it.
can u think of something that everybody takes for granted? did u see contagion? what did u think? share your opinions under leave a reply