grant means fulfill a request or wish. it’s typical to see it used when requesting access to a network.
the opposite of access granted is access denied (dreamstime.com)
this video from the richyrocks youtube channel is another application from catholic mass petitioning the lamb of the lord (jesus) to grant us peace.
similarly, the idiom take for granted is used to indicate that people don’t appreciate it enough or that they expect it 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.
at 1:30 conan’s question for louis is
do u think that we now in the 21st century take technology for granted?
throughout the video, c.k.’s observations on how we take our technology like atms, cell phones, travelling by airplane and the internet for granted are funny and accurate.
louis ck talking tech
memes that remind us not to take our respiratory health 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
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? have u seen contagion? what did u think? share your opinions under leave a reply
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