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TheParser
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 5:49:58 AM
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Mona: There are so many grammar websites on the Net. Which one should I visit?
Raul: That's a no-brainer. Everyone, of course, should go to The Free Dictionary's grammar forum.

Mona: We Americans will choose a new president on November 8. Who(m) should I vote for?
Raul: That's a no-brainer. All Americans should vote for _____.

Mona: Whenever I watch the news on TV, I become upset, angry, and nervous. What can I do about it?
Raul: That's a no-brainer. Just turn off the TV. Go out to the garden and tend to your award-winning roses.

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Dear Fellow Learners:

As you have already guessed, the expression "no-brainer" in those sentences means something like:

It is NOT necessary to even think about the answer. The answer is obvious (very clear).
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 5:57:24 AM

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It's a no-brainer that everyone should now visit The Farlex Grammar Book in The Freedictionary ;-)
taurine
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 12:04:36 PM

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How would handle this problem the boss of a Hydraulic Channel Press? Hm... Who knows.
Donthailand
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 12:35:34 PM
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thar
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 2:08:41 PM

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Yeah, I really don't like this expression. I feel there are better ways of saying it. If something is the only reaonable option, say so. And when it is said to or about people - ie what they should have done, because it was a no-brainer - then I really don't like it.

I don't think it is because it is slang - I love slang, idioms, playing with language. I don't know - this one has always seemed somehow lazy or condescending - for whatever reason, I have never taken to it. Think
Romany
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 2:57:53 PM
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I've only come across it in American writing, but I think if anyone said it to me I WOULD be offended. It's tantamount to accusing someone of being stupid: i.e. if you can't see [the point] you must be not just unutterably stupid, but indeed not have a single brain cell. To me, it's a really nasty thing to say - our language is so huge and has infinite ways of expressing things - why would anyone choose to infer that someone else is stupid?
coag
Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:48:24 PM

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Similar expressions are "it's not rocket science" and "it's not brain surgery". Sometimes, people jokingly say "it's not rocket surgery".


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Axel Bear
Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:55:04 AM

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Romany wrote:
why would anyone choose to infer that someone else is stupid?


This says more of the ´accuser´! Best is to disregard it and walk away and not to waste energy on being ´offended´. Whatever that is.


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