Stuck in a rut – Expressions in English

May 18, 2021 - Priscila Pereira

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Hey student! How about an expression in English? Do you know what stuck in a rut means? This is a very common English expression native speakers use all the time.


First, let’s understand what “rut” is


As you can see on the image, this is a rut. it’s the track of the wheels of cars on the road, and they are usually very deep.

Depending on how deep the rut is, some cars can get stuck and will NOT move because of this very deep rut, especially in muddy roads.

This is the literal meaning of stuck in a rut. A vehicle can literally get stuck in a rut.


How about the expression?

We can use stuck in a rut to describe how a person is feeling.

When you feel like you have been doing something for a very long time and you feel need to change. Let’s put this into a context. Let me talk to you about Nina


Nina is 30 years old. She has been working for a car company for 10 years. She got promoted 3 times. She is very good at her job. However, lately, she has been feeling “stuck in a rut”. She is tired of doing the same thing. She is a little frustrated and she feels she needs to change. She is considering going back to school or finding a new job. She doesn’t want to work at the car company anymore.
In this case, Nina is stuck in a rut. She is doing the same thing for a long time and she feels she needs to change.
Let’s look at other examples
1. A few years ago, I was stuck in a rut, so I quit my job and moved to San Francisco. It was the best decision of my life.

2. When stuck in a rut, talk to someone you trust. They may give you wonderful ideas on how you can get out of it

3. I gave up my old job because I felt I was stuck in a rut

4. I was so excited when I moved to Boston 3 months ago, but now I feel I am in a rut.

5. I feel like I am in a rut and can’t get out of it.


You can either say: to be stuck in a rut or simple to be in a rut as you have seen in the examples above.
There you have it!
I hope you enjoy this expression. Tell me in the comments,
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? What happened?
I’ll see you in the next one
Teacher Prix

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

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