Idioms About Change: Change of Heart

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Mary Had a Change of Heart and Set Her Little Lamb Free

As you know, you can’t change your heart, you were born with it. But, the English idiom “change of heart” implies that you can. 

The idiom “change of heart” doesn’t literally mean that you can swap one organ with another. It means that you can change your mind, usually after long consideration. 

You may know the Nursery Rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. Taking from that, I have an example of the idiom “change of heart” to share: 

Mary had a little lamb. Mary loved her little lamb. But, one day she had a change of heart and decided it was time to set the little lamb free. For she knew that to love something is to let it go. If it returns, it loves you.

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Here’s another example of the idiom “change of heart:” 

Bill used to believe that Van Gogh was the greatest Impressionist of all time, but when he saw the works of Édouard Manet, he had a change of heart.

Examples of the idiom change of heart

They decided to cancel the engagement as both of them had a change of heart. 

I hope Emily won’t have a change of heart regarding the offer. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try and make your own sentence.

Q2: Have you ever had a change of heart about something? What happened? 

Q3: Is it a bad thing if a man often has a change of heart? Explain.

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