You can’t miss it – English expression (with video!)

The front door of the building is bright yellow. You can't miss it!

You can’t miss it!

The English expression You Can’t Miss It. There are lots of common English expressions. Today let me show you one that I used 2 days ago when I gave someone directions to a new cafe. Please look at the following conversation:

A: “Why don’t we meet at the new coffee shop that opened on Sunday? It’s brand new so I don’t think too many people will be there.”
B: “Okay, but I’ve never been. Can you tell me how to get there?”
A: “Sure, it’s easy. When you get to the train station take the South exit and turn left. There is a huge sign hanging from the roof. You can’t miss it!

Can you guess what you can’t miss it means? If you miss something/someone it can mean you didn’t see something/someone.

Carl: “Did you see Bob this morning?”
Stephanie: “No, he left right before I got to the office. I just missed him.”

Carl: "Did you see Bob this morning?"
Stephanie: "No, he left right before I got to the office. I just missed him."

And we know that if you can’t do something it isn’t possible.

“I can’t stop eating donuts! They are too delicious!”

I can't stop eating donuts! They are too delicious!

The expression’s meaning

So we can easily imagine something that we can’t miss is impossible not to see. 2 negatives in a sentence sounds odd here (impossible + not see) so a perfect definition of can’t miss is very easy to see.

From dictionary.cambridge.org 

you can’t miss it​ = it is easy to find:

To get to the mall, go to the next traffic light and make a left – you can’t miss it.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/you-can-t-miss-it

There’s a huge sign, you can’t miss it!

Now open!
 There’s a huge sign, you can't miss it!

Practice giving directions and use the phrase You can’t miss it! when you describe something that is easy to see!

“I’m having a big garden party this weekend, bring all your friends! I live at 328 Main St. I’ll tie some colorful balloons to my patio gate so you can’t miss it!”

I'll tie some colorful balloons to my patio gate so you can't miss it!

Do you know the difference between the verbs SEE, WATCH and LOOK AT?
Learn here! LINK

Copy of sign-up 6X3.png

We respect your email privacy

Use this expression with people too

*NOTE We can also say use this expression with people.

Chinese retired professional basketball player Yao Ming is 2.29 meters tall. Even in a crowd, you can’t miss him!

Lucy will meet you outside the subway station. She will wear a green jacket. You can't miss her!

Listen to the audio from this text below!

Check out these other great blog posts!

2 comments

Leave a Reply