For example, let`s say a new law is passed in your country that says politicians don`t have to obey the law, they can do whatever they want. Well, you could say, “Hmm. This country is really on the wrong track,” which means that the country`s progress and development is going in the wrong or wrong direction. We are on track to create two million new jobs. Another example is if your New Year`s resolution was to go to the gym three times a week, but last week you were very busy and didn`t go to the gym. You might say, “I skipped a few workouts last week, but this week I`m going to get back on track.” Let me show you what I mean. Let`s say I teach a course and ask the class a question. A student answers the question and his answer is close, but not exactly what I was looking for, I could say, “It`s not quite right, but you`re on the right track,” meaning his thought process was going in the right direction. Then you could say, “The discussion went off on a tangent for a while… (Disabled on a tangent means the conversation went in a different direction outside the main topic)”. But then he got back on track.

Now you know three phrases with the word “track.” On the right track, that is, to go in the right direction or to move forward; on the wrong path, that is, going in the wrong direction or moving forward; and get back on track to make good progress in the right direction. The opposite of “on the right track” is on the wrong track, and that means going in the wrong direction. Again, in terms of progress, not in terms of physical exercise, like driving or walking. The word trace was used in the late 15th century to mean to follow in the footsteps of something or someone. The phrase “on the right track” was derived from this meaning to say that someone followed in the footsteps of someone who walked before them and succeeded by following the same path. One last expression for today is to get back on track, and that means getting back on the right path or in the right direction. That`s it for today. Log in tomorrow to learn more about English phrases and phrases. For example, imagine that you are in a meeting at work and the meeting is focused on a specific topic. However, during the discussion, your employees start talking about different topics that are not at the center of the meeting until a person finally reminds everyone of the main topic and then the discussion comes back to that main topic.