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MOTIVATION

누군가가 당신에게 잘못을 하여 사과를 했다면, 뭐라고 대답할까? It’s okay! 또는 well, it’s fine 등으로 표현할 수 있지만, 좀 더 세련되게 “괜찮아. 나쁜 의도로 그런 거 아니잖아..“로 표현할 수도 있다.

“It’s okay! Your heart is in the right place

DEFINITION

  1. to have good intentions, even if there are bad results.

COMMENT

또는 이성친구/배우자와 싸울 때도 자주나오는 대사다. “내 의도는 그게 아니였어!!! (Babe, you know my heart is in the right place)” * 물론 잘 안먹힌다.

FROM MOVIES

  • Your heart’s in the right place, Rose, but I don’t know where the hell your brain is. (The Golden Girls)
  • Now just to show you my heart’s in the right place, I’ll give you my best pair of pajamas. (It Happened One Night)
  • Believe me, his heart’s in the right place. (Se7en)
  • I know she comes on a little strong, but her heart’s in the right place. (Two and a Half Men)
  • When a huge corporation cares that much, it shows you their heart’s in the right place! (Tripping The Rift)
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FROM NEWS

  • Sooner or later, liberals are going to start poking around to find if your heart’s in the right place too. (NYT)
  • But I do know from my interaction with them that they have their heart in the right place. (Bloomberg)
  • “When I watch him, I see a man with his heart in the right place,” said Delia Randall (NYT)
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FROM TWITTER

  • I’m forever making terrible decisions , but I swear my heart in the right place.
  • stick with people who have their heart in the right place.
  • Europe needs solidarity. Nobody with a heart in the right place wants to see such enormous human tragedy.
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VIDEO

  • good talker, there is no doubt in my mind that his heart is in the right place, unfortunately
  • Their heart is in the right place, like Ratan Tata.

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

PHRASE HISTORY

오래된 표현임을 알 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram

TYPICAL MISTAKES

  1. THE right place다. “그” 맞는 장소
  2. your heart is in right place (X)
  3. your heart is in THE right place (O)
  4. 전치사 IN를 까먹지 말자
  5. your heart is at the right place (X)
  6. your heart is IN the right place (O)