English as a Second Language/20/20

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Hello.
Whould you please tell me what does "20/20" mean here?

The reception of imagery is, to a large degree, culturally determined, and hindsight is 20/20.

Thanks

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Hi Azad!

20/20 is a measurement of human vision.  Generally human vision is measured using a number compared to 20.  10/20 means the person has less than normal vision, 30/20 means better than aveage.  20/20 is considered perfect vision.

Hindsight, on the other hand, is the ability to look BACK (behind) into your past and see what happened.  Therefore, the expression "hindsight is 20/20" means that when we look BACK at our past (instead of look now at the present), we can see (or realize or understand) what happened PERFECTLY (but we can't when we are looking at it right now).

Hope that makes sense!

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