Idiom: I've now lost the thread

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #11 [color=blue]“Losing It”, question 9

I’ve tried very hard indeed to understand your argument step by step but I must confess I’ve now lost the thread.

(a) I now can’t follow the answer
(b) I now can’t follow the point
© I now can’t follow the reason
(d) I now can’t follow the reasoning

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #11 [color=blue]“Losing It”, answer 9

I’ve tried very hard indeed to understand your argument step by step but I must confess I now can’t follow the reasoning.

Correct answer: (d) I now can’t follow the reasoning

Your answer was: [color=red]incorrect
I’ve tried very hard indeed to understand your argument step by step but I must confess I now can’t follow the point.
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I must confess too I now can’t follow the reason why b) is incorrect or not the best.

haihao

Hi,

The idea of ‘lose the thread’ suggests that you are not following the way an argument is proceeding. We use thread on these forums, as you know, which refers to a series of contributions one after the other or they form part of a process, The word ‘point’ would not cover this as it involves only one matter but reasoning is appropriate as it describes a process.

A

Thanks again, sir, and I am convinced and satisfied.

haihao