BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Give me credit: means give me praise or appreciation for something I’ve done.
Hello, this is The English We Speak with me Li…
And me Rob. So Li, here we are, shopping again… So, what is it you’re going to buy today?
Me? No, I thought you wanted to buy something? You said to me this morning give me credit – so here we are, all my credit cards, look, including my gold one – impressive, hey?
Yes. But Li, I didn’t actually mean…
(Interrupting) So I’ll buy something on my credit card and you can pay me back later – that’s giving you credit – right?
Err, wrong Li. Although it’s a nice idea. To give me credit means give me praise or appreciation for something I’ve done. And this morning I walked the dog, washed the car, did the shopping, and I still got to work at 9 o’clock! So please, give me credit!
OK, I’ll have a think about whether you deserve credit while we hear some more examples of this phrase in action…
We must give credit to our sponsors who helped pay for this new building.
I’ll give her credit for her beautiful handwriting, but the answers she gave in the test were all wrong!
Give me credit – I worked all night to get the project finished!
So to give someone credit means to give them praise. I get the word credit now Rob. This has nothing to do with money, so I’ll put away my credit cards… I’m not going to give you financial credit or credit in terms of praise.
No praise? Why’s that?
You didn’t walk the dog because you haven’t got one, the car is still dirty, and I did all the shopping! So don’t take the credit for things you haven’t done!
OK. Well, here’s another phrase for you – give credit where it’s due…
You should at least acknowledge the things I have done – like turning up at the studio today to record this programme!
Of course, Rob, you are a credit to the BBC!
Ahh, thanks Li. Err… any chance I could borrow your credit card now?
The English We Speak – Give me credit (Transcript Video)
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