“Meaning what?


We use this expression to ask someone to make clearer something that they said. We also use it to make a negative comment about what somebody said. Spoken Informal

Example 1
He said thanks for the invitation, but he's not mad. Meaning what? That you must be mad to come with us?

Example 2
The house has all the advantages of a period property. Meaning what? It's large and impressive?

“Count me in / out”
We use this expression to say that we want to join in an activity (IN) or not join in an activity (OUT). Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
We're having a picnic tomorrow. Are you interested? Count me in! I love picnics.

Example 2
I think we should complain to the director. Count me out. I don't want to make him angry.

“I get it”
We use this expression to say that we understand something - often at the moment we understand it. Spoken Informal

Example 1
I can never understand these instructions for making furniture.

No, they're terrible. Oh, I get it now - this long piece goes here, and that one goes there.

Example 2
Paolo said he was feeling tired so he isn't coming out with us tonight. Oh, I get it - he wants to stay at home and watch the match on TV!

“No way!”
We use this expression to say we are completely against an idea or suggestion, or that we refuse to do something. Spoken Informal

Example 1
Can I borrow your digital camera tomorrow? No way! Every time I lend you something you lose it!

Example 2
Do you think England will win the match? No way! They're just not good enough.

“I wouldn't dream of it”
We use this expression to say that we completely refuse a suggestion or idea - often to be polite. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
If you found £100 in the street, would you keep it? I wouldn't dream of it. I'd go straight to the police with the money.

Example 2
Here, you can drop me here and I can walk the rest of the way home. No. I wouldn't dream of it - it's dark and it's late, so I'll drive you home. Thanks, that's so kind of you.

“(Not) as far as I know”

We use this expression to say that we think we know something, but we are not completely sure. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
Have we got a test tomorrow? Not as far as I know. I think it's next week.

Example 2
When are we meeting up to go to the theatre? Is it 7.30? Yes, as far as I know - but I'd check if I were you. Just in case. Right.

“Mind you”
We use this expression to introduce an idea or fact that contrasts with the previous idea in some way. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
It took my friend 10 hours to finish the London marathon. Mind you, she is over 80. Well then, it's amazing that she finished it at all.

Example 2
The hotel was terrible - small rooms, no facilities, no bar. Mind you, it was only £10 a night. Well, then it was pretty good value for money.

“Just around the corner”
We use this expression to say that something is close in time or space. Spoken Written Informal

Spoken Informal Example 1 We've been waiting for an hour. “Don't even think about it” We use this expression to warn someone that something they want is impossible or that we won't help them do something. I wonder if you could lend me a few pounds. Example 2 Joe. Don't even think about asking me for money. Example 2 I can't believe it's Pancake Day soon. You still owe me £20 from last week! “Might as well” We use this expression to agree to a suggestion or question about doing something . where's the nearest bank? There's one just around the corner. Shall we go for a drink? Might as well . Yes. There's just one piece of cake left. Don't even think about it. it's just around the corner. Informal Example 1 Oh look. Spoken Informal . I think. I'm keeping that for Sally.often if it was not our original plan. She hasn't had any yet.I don't think Jane will come now.shall we finish it? Might as well . Some time in February. anyway. Example 2 There's only one piece of cake left . “You should know” We use this expression to say that we think someone logically should have the information needed in a specific situation.Example 1 Excuse me.it won't keep.

She could pass it easily. Spoken Informal Example 1 Bill should be here by now. believe it or not. Example 2 Francesca has decided not to do the exam. I just don't get it. I just don't get it. then? Well. Example 2 Have you seen the new James Bond film? Yes. my boyfriend took me to New York as a surprise! Wow! Lucky you. believe it or not! It's just brilliant. but true. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What did you do at the weekend.you lived in Spain for 6 months. It's eight o'clock. She's the best student in the class. “I just don't get it” We use this expression to say that we can't understand the reason for something. He told me he really wanted to see it.Example 1 How do you say 'be quiet' in Spanish? You should know . .you were the last person to leave! “Believe it or not” We use this expression to introduce something surprising or unusual. We're going to miss the start of the film. 22 times. Example 2 What time did the party finish last night? You should know .

Funny you should say that. Yes. I've just booked a table in the restaurant. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 How was your holiday? . or was true for a long period.. Do you fancy a walk? Funny you should say that. Example 2 I want some fresh air. Yes. I could do with a good night's sleep. I could do with a drink! Example 2 You look exhausted.. I was just going to ask you the same question! “The whole time” We use this expression to talk about something that happened.” We ue this expression to say that we really want or need something Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 You've had a really hard day. Spoken Informal Example 1 I feel like going out tonight. Funny you should say that” We use this expression to say that someone has said something that we were also thinking of doing or saying.“I could do with a .

It was OK . It is like asking 'what if?' or 'imagine' Spoken Informal Example 1 Suppose you had a million dollars . Spoken Informal Example 1 . Example 2 You took Jack's last sandwich? Suppose he finds out? He won't. doesn't she? Yes. I'm not going to tell him. I can't put my finger on it. I can't put my finger on it. “Drop it” We use this expression to tell someone to stop talking about something that is annoying us.what would you do? I think I'd buy a house in the Bahamas. Example 2 Did you find your keys? Yes. “Suppose” We use this expression to introduce a question about a possibility. I just feel we can't trust him. Spoken Informal Example 1 She looks different. real or unlikely. Has she changed her hair? Example 2 Why don't you like Sam? I don't know. they were in my bag the whole time! “I can't put my finger on it” We use this expression to say that we can't explain or fully understand something.but it rained the whole time we were there.

I'll send you an email. especially if we want a favour.we've got friends to dinner. “Don't be a stranger” We use this expression to invite someone to stay in contact with us when they are leaving. but.Mummy.. The boss said we have to stay another hour to finish this “Any chance.. but he said he doesn't want to see you again. You too. goodbye. Sure . Example 2 Goodbye then.” We use this expression to ask if something is possible.. Now drop it! Example 2 Show me the photo! Show me the photo! Just drop it. Nice working with you. No . Don't be a stranger .come and see us when you can. Don't be a stranger. Example 2 Right. Spoken Informal Example 1 Well. Spoken Informal Example 1 Where's Xavier? You're not going to like this. Spoken . I'm not going to show it to you again.” We use this expression to introduce a negative idea that we think could cause a problem.. You're not going to like this. please can we go to the cinema tonight? I've told you three times. are you ready to go now? You're not going to like this. Yes.

Example 2 What's the matter? You look a bit pale. I'll get back to you on that. Tony? No. Yes. I'm feeling a bit grotty. I feel a bit grotty. I think maybe the fish I had for lunch wasn't fresh. I'll get back to you. help yourself.Informal Example 1 I'm thirsty. “I'll get back to you” We use this expression to say that we need to find some information or do something and will contact the person later. . Any chance of a cup of tea? Sure. Example 2 Any chance I could borrow £5 until Friday? Sorry. I think I'll go to bed early. actually. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Can you tell me how many students are taking the exam next month? I'll find out. Example 2 Do you know what has been decided? Not yet. “I'm feeling / I feel a bit grotty” We use this expression to say that we don't feel well. Spoken Informal Example 1 Are you coming to the cinema tonight. I haven't got any money on me today. “Up for it” We use this expression to say that we are keen on something.

I love shopping in London. It sounds nice. Example 2 The room is a mess. I'm up for it. Example 2 Why don't we go to London for the weekend? I'm up for it. What do you think? Yes.. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 You look hungry. In no time” We use this expression to say that something will happen very quickly.. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I don't understand anything in our Italian lessons. Can I get you something? No thanks .” We use this expression to introduce a wish or say we want something. I'd love a .but I'd love a cup of coffee. You just need to get used to the accent. Don't worry . Example 2 .you'll be speaking Italian in no time.I'll have it looking neat and tidy in no time.Spoken Informal Example 1 I want to go to that new Chinese restaurant. Don't worry .

I'm going to Liverpool with some friends. Spoken Informal Example 1 See you at the party tonight. while I think of it . It looks great.. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I don't know what to do this weekend.. While I think of it” We use this expression to introduce a (small) change of subject related to what was being talked about before. it must be pretty expensive..” We use this expression when we want to imagine something real or unreal. Spoken Formal Written . while I think of it. have you still got the DVD I lent you? “You could always .. Example 2 I've got a test tomorrow and I haven't done any work. You could always come with me. Oh. then? Sure. Just think.should we take Marc a present? Example 2 I saw a really good film at the weekend Oh. You could always phone in and tell school you are sick. Yes.” We use this expression to make a suggestion.I'd love a house like that.

this time tomorrow we'll be in Florida! Yes.with the other person's idea. Example 2 They're married. It's/That's not on” We use this expression to say that something is not acceptable. You need to get some sleep “Have it your way” We use this expression to say we agree .Informal Example 1 If I had a million pounds. OK . opinion or choice. I want to stay at home for a change. you'd never have to work again. Example 2 He's told me I have to stay here until I finish everything. “Typical!” .perhaps reluctantly . Yes. That's not on. OK. it'd be great. have it your way. just think. No. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Shut up and get me something to eat.have it your way. Don't talk to me like that. I can't wait. They're friends . they are just friends. It's not on. It's already midnight.but friends who are always together. We'll stay at home on Saturday if you prefer. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We always go shopping on Saturday. Example 2 Just think.

She never lends anyone anything. Example 2 I wanted to have lunch in that restaurant but it was closed. Now it's twelve and he still isn't here! Typical! Simon's always late. “It's not an option” We use this expression to say that something is not possible. or that we refuse to do something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I tried to borrow Pat's car.usually negative always happens. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you staying here for the holidays? Staying here is not an option. It's only open in the evening. I need to get away . I told you so. I told you so.We use this expression to say that something . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 He said he would be here by ten. or that we warned someone about something which later happened. Typical! “I told you so” We use this expression to say that we were right about something. Example 2 It's starting to rain. but she said no. And I've left my umbrella at home.anywhere is better than here! .

the other way round. losing is not an option. The other way round/around” We use this expression to say that some information was backwards. Spoken Informal Example 1 This is a really busy week! Yes. roll on Friday evening. Example 2 Roll on the holidays. Then we can relax. Spoken .Example 2 We've got to win the match this weekend. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 So you invited Karen to your party? No. that's the end of the competition for us. I can't wait to go skiing. Yes. It leaves at six and arrives at four the next morning. I see. Roll on + time expression” We use this expression to say we can't wait for a certain time to arrive. Example 2 You said the plane leaves at four and arrives at six? No. the other way round . “Fine by me” We use this expression to agree with an idea suggested by someone else. Yes. If we lose.she invited me to her party.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Another drink? No thanks. She's such an idiot! Now. now” We use this expression to try to calm someone down. You're usually the last person to leave the pub! Example 2 I don't know what to get Sheila for her birthday. “That's not like you / him etc” We use this expression to say that we are surprised by someone acting differently from normal. Fine by me. now. That's not like you. Example 2 Shall we order one large pizza and share it? It'll be cheaper. I'm not too hungry. You're normally full of ideas. I've got to do some work.Written Informal Example 1 Can we meet up at 8 o'clock. I'm sure he didn't intend to insult you. not 7 o'clock? I've got lots to do before we go out. Fine by me. Example 2 I refuse to work with her. . Just relax. That's not like you. now. “Now. Spoken Informal Example 1 If he says that one more time I'm going to hit him! Now. That's not a very nice thing to say about someone.

Example 2 Is there any more chocolate cake? It's delicious. We were more than friends. but that we are not going to say what it is. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 How long have you been friends with Sam? I didn't know you knew her. And I met a nice man. But that's another story.“That's another story” We use this expression to say that we have more information about a new topic. Spoken Formal Informal Example 1 Can I have the seat by the window? Be my guest. Be my guest . but that's another story. Example 2 Did you have a good weekend? Great. Spoken Informal Example 1 What shall we do tonight? . I don't mind where I sit. “Be my guest” We use this expression to invite someone to do something they want or asked about. “I know what” We use this expression to say we have just had a good idea. actually.it's on the table. The hotel was fantastic.

you might like it. Give it a go .I know what. . It sounds like fun. Example 2 What can I get Renee for her birthday? I know what . Why don't we go to the circus that's just arrived in town? It could be fun. Yes. She wears a lot of things like that. Spoken Informal Example 1 Can I ask you a couple of questions about your company? Fire away! Ask anything you like. or to encourage someone else to do something. To get a lot out of it” We use this expression to say that someone will benefit from a certain experience. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Do you think I could ride a horse? I've never tried. Example 2 I'd like to know about your plans for the future.I'll get her some bracelets. but I'd be happy to give it a go. Is that OK? Sure. fire away. “Fire away” We use this expression to invite someone to ask us a question. she'll love that. even if it is unusual. “Give it a go” We use this expression to say we will try something for the first time. Example 2 Have you ever played underwater hockey? No.

Example 2 Do you want a coffee? Magic! That's just what I need. I went last year and I got a lot out of it. Sometimes it has the same meaning as 'thanks. I have my doubts. He hasn't done anything about it yet and it takes time . so. but I didn't get a lot out of it.I saw her in a heavy metal concert last week. I have my doubts” We use this expression to say that we are a bit suspicious about something. That's fantastic. Example 2 Did you go to that seminar on new email techniques? Yes.Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I don't want to go camping. It's going to be cold and miserable.. Most of the stuff wasn't new. It's really good fun. or not sure that something is true. Magic. Spoken Informal Example 1 Is Bonnie really an Abba fan? Well. Example 2 Do you think Ian is really going to sell his house and go and live abroad next month? I have my doubts.' Spoken Informal Example 1 I've mended the DVD player for you. Magic!” We use this expression to say we feel very positive about something.

Me too. .“But then again” We use this expression to introduce an argument or point that contradicts what has been said before. Sure. Example 2 I always try something different when I eat out. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You have to admit London is a pretty expensive place. is he? No. Example 2 He's not a very confident person. I don't think. but then again. most places are if you don't know where to go for a bargain. rock and stuff like that. “Nine times out of ten” We use this expression to say that something is extremely probable. but then again.nine times out of ten she has spaghetti! “Stuff like that” We use this expression after we have given an example or two of something to indicate we could give more examples. I wouldn't be in a situation like that. nine times out of ten we just stay at home and relax. Spoken Informal Example 1 What kind of music do you like? Jazz. My mum doesn't . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What do you do at the week-end? Well.

It'll be fun. I know. I think I'm going to stay at home tonight. a sauna and stuff like that. what is their new flat like? Pretty impressive. Yes. or to show that we appreciate something that did not work.Example 2 So. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I like your watch. “All the same” We use this expression to introduce an idea that contrasts with what we have said before. She refused. Example 2 You know I'm related to the queen on my mother's side? Actually we're distant cousins. “Try me” . Is it new? Yes. It's got an indoor pool. Spoken Informal Example 1 I tried to get the teacher to drop our test by saying we were all ill.but I still won't let you borrow my coat! It was expensive. Example 2 Come on. It was very expensive. let's go and see the new film. “Nice try” We use this expression to say that we won't do or believe what someone has said or tried to make us do. But all the same. I got it yesterday. Nice try . Nice try. but I got it all the same.

On a day like today you want to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. Try me. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Why don't we eat outside in the park today? Great idea.especially in a restaurant or bar. Coming (right) up” We use this expression to say that we will quickly bring someone what he or she wants . so I don't think you can answer this question. please. Coming up. .We use this expression to invite someone to ask us something or ask us to do something with them. just a piece of toast. Spoken Informal Example 1 I'd like a diet coke and a seafood pizza please. but I think you'll say no. on a day like today when I'm late. Try me . Spoken Informal Example 1 I wanted to ask you a favour. I'm feeling generous. Example 2 What do you normally have for breakfast? Well. Example 2 You haven't read the book. Example 2 Two coffees.you might be surprised. “On a day like today” We use this expression to say there is something special about today.

and the room was huge! “Forget it” We use this expression to say we have changed our minds about something or don't want/need help with something.” We use this expression to emphasize a feeling or statement.the traffic was terrible. Example 2 What was your hotel like? Was it good? Talk about luxury! It had 3 pools. a sauna. Example 2 What's the school's telephone number? Don't ask me. Spoken Informal . Sorry. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Jackie? Don't ask me. You should have been here an hour ago. I don't see her often these days. I've never used it. I know . implying it is an extreme example of something. Thanks. Talk about .. Talk about late.. Don't ask me” We use this expression to say that we have no reason to know the answer to something.Coming right up. Spoken Informal Example 1 Good morning Hasan. 5 restaurants.

£300. “Make yourself at home” We use this expression to invite someone to sit down and relax or to do what they want when they visit our home. the kitchen is right there. Ok. Make yourself at home. Make yourself at home. .I'm busy. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I saw Elodie last night. Spoken Formal Informal Example 1 Can I have a glass of water? Sure. forget it. Example 2 Nice flat! Thanks. Have your organised a party? Shh! I don't want him to hear.Example 1 Are you busy? Can I ask you a question? Make it quick . They're always together nowadays. £300 for that? Forget it! You know who” We use this expression to refer to someone that speaker and listener both know about when they do not want to mention specific names. Example 2 It's you know who's birthday tomorrow. Sit down. Example 2 You said you wanted to buy my bike. Really. Was she alone? Or with someone? She was with you know who. He's going to be three. Ok .

so I don't think I'll go to the cinema with you tonight. Example 2 I don't like violent films. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm not going to the match this Saturday. It's going to be a great game. But everyone else is coming. but that's a drop in the ocean compared to what they spend on arms.is not very important for someone or something. “And that's that/and that's final” We use this expression to say we definitely won't change a decision we have made. Yes. but she's a multi-millionaire. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 . so that's a drop in the ocean for her. That gold ring must be worth thousands! Sure. so it'll be fun. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 She wears a lot of expensive jewellery. I'm doing my homework instead. Suit yourself. Suit yourself. though.usually money . A drop in the ocean” We use this expression to say that a quantity .“Suit yourself” We use this expression to reply to someone who has made a decision we don't agree with or approve of. Example 2 The government is spending £2 million on improving car parking in the city.

“That's not a bad idea” We use this expression to say that something is a good idea. and that's final. .Can I go out with Kenny tonight? He's going to the cinema. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why don't we check our answers together? That's not a bad idea. Example 2 Why don't we stay in a hotel near the airport. but that's just not me. but they're just not me. you're going to stay and help me. Example 2 If you were a lawyer you could earn a fortune. Maybe. No. then we won't need to catch the early bus. We won't be so tired that way. “It's (just) not me” We use this expression to say something does not suit us or is not right for us. and that's that. Well I'm not buying you one now. That's not a bad idea. Yellow is not my colour. It'll save us time. Example 2 Everybody has got an MP3 player at school! I want one. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Don't you like those trousers? I tried them on. I couldn't stand the stress of a job like that. “(It's) about time” We use this expression to say we feel something should have happened much earlier. too.

and there's only so many hours in a day! . “There's/there are only so many hours in a day” We use this expression to say we have more things to do than time to do them in. Example 2 They've finished the new supermarket in the city centre. I can't do it all on my own.I just need to go to the loo. About time! They were working on it for years! “Hang on a mo(ment)/sec(ond)” We use this expression to ask someone to wait for a short time. Example 2 Are you ready to go? hang on a sec . It's about time! I asked you for that ages ago! Sorry.Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Here's the letter you asked me to write. I need help. It's like two full-time jobs! Yes. Spoken Informal Example 1 You've got to arrange everything for the conference next week by tomorrow! There are only so many hours in a day. Spoken Informal Example 1 Can I talk to you about something? Hang on a mo . Example 2 Being a mother of two young children is really difficult.I'm just finishing something.

One of these days you're going to have a problem. no. Be careful.“One of these days” We use this expression to say that something negative will happen sometime . Example 2 . no” We use this expression to summarise our negative feelings or to give a short negative answer Spoken Informal Example 1 Did you enjoy your meal? In a word. Example 2 Is Marie going to help us this afternoon? In a word. Spoken Informal Example 1 She's so aggressive! Yes. one of these days someone's going to hit her. In a word. Example 2 I always park here and I never pay. Spoken Informal Example 1 I thought the film was brilliant. It was too hot.perhaps soon. Same here. “Same here” We use this expression to say we agree with someone about something. and the music was great too. no. She gave me a long explanation about why she can't be with us this time. the vegetables were overcooked and the sauce was terrible.

I don't like visiting museums and stuff like that. Same here. He told me he's seeing his new girlfriend. It was brilliant. That's what you think. Spoken Informal Example 1 Paolo can't come out tonight because he's doing his homework. That's what you think” We use this expression to disagree with someone's opinion or to indicate that we know something they don't. What did he get up to this time? I think he had a huge argument with the Headmaster. I think Barcelona are a much better team. Really? What did you get up to? I did my first parachute jump. Spoken Informal . Oh! Example 2 Manchester United are sure to win tonight. Oh dear. “It's a date” We use this expression to accept an invitation or suggestion. That's what you think. What did you get up to?” We use this expression to ask what someone did . Example 2 I heard that Barry's in trouble. Personally. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I had the most fantastic weekend.especially if we think it was something unusual.I really like relaxing holidays where I just lie on the beach all day. actually.

Example 2 Do you want me to finish late tonight or start early tomorrow? It's up to you. Example 2 Why don't we go and see the new Harry Potter film on Saturday afternoon? It's a date. I don't mind. It's up to you” We use this expression to say that the other person can decide something. Example 2 Do you think we'll win the match on Saturday? Some hope! Our team is playing rubbish at the moment.30 at my house? Great . Spoken Informal Example 1 Do you think I can speak English perfectly in three months? Some hope! I've been learning for ten years and I still can't speak fluently. You can talk” We use this expression to say that the speaker has no reason to criticise someone or something because they are also bad. “Some hope” We use this expression to say we think something is pretty impossible. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where shall we go on Friday? It's up to you. As long as the work is finished by lunchtime. .it's a date! See you tomorrow.Example 1 Do you want to come and have lunch tomorrow? 12.

You can talk! You arrived at 11. “Look at it this way” We use this expression to ask someone to think about something in a different way. . “Far from it” We use this expression to correct something someone has said. You can talk! You never do any work at home.it was the best lecture we've had so far this term.30 today! Example 2 You're so lazy.I got it for less than £10 in Oxfam. we can finish early too. the more you learn. It's not fair! Yes. but look at it this way . Example 2 I expect the lecture was boring. but look at it this way: the more you practise. wasn't it? Far from it . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why do you want to start early tomorrow? We'll be tired! Sure. Example 2 He's given us so much homework to do.Spoken Informal Example 1 Miguel is always late.if we start early. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 That jacket looks great on you. Was it expensive? Far from it .

especially something physical and practical. I don't have much money for a start. For a start / for starters” We use this expression to give the main reason for something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Imagine a night out with a film star in a top London restaurant. Example 2 Why don't you like that restaurant? The service is slow. allow me. Example 2 I need a glass of water.I was going to the kitchen anyway. when there are several reasons for it. I'll open it for you.“Allow me” We use this expression to offer someone help. “My dream date” We use this expression to describe our idea of a perfect romantic partner or occasion. Spoken Informal Example 1 Why didn't you come out with us last night? We had a great time. either positive or negative. And they don't have much variety. And I don't like some of the people there. for starters. Especially with someone like Hugh Grant. Can I get one from somewhere here? Allow me . Spoken Informal Example 1 I can't open the door with all these bags I'm carrying. Well. That's my dream date. . Here.

They are often together.doing anything with him. any time! “Well I never !” We use this expression to say that we are very surprised about something. My dream date is Orlando Bloom . a meal out and then a walk in the moonlight. “How come?” We use this expression to ask for an explanation. Well I never! She's usually so quiet and shy.he's joining the army! Well I never! I didn't know he was interested in things like that. Spoken Written . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Pete's not at home. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Pete won't be in class today . Example 2 Sally walked up to the boss. Example 2 It would be great to have a day off next Monday. That's a huge surprise! “It's worth a try” We use this expression to say that it's a good idea to try something. Do you think I should call Ruth? He might be there? It's worth a try. He might say yes.Example 2 My perfect night out would be a film. slapped his face and walked out of the office. Shall we ask the boss if we can? It's worth a try.

Spoken Informal Example 1 Did you know it sometimes snows in Egypt? Oh pull the other one. You're having me on. Oh. I know. How come? I need to save money if I want to buy a car. Yes.Informal Example 1 I won't be here tomorrow. I can't wait. How come? I've got to go to hospital for some tests. Example 2 My flight is on Saturday morning. Example 2 I've decided not to have a holiday this year. I can't wait. . Example 2 Guess what! I've just won one million pounds. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 School ends in a couple of weeks. go on pull the other one. “Pull the other one!” We use this phrase when we think somebody has told us a lie to make a joke. you're right. I was just kidding. Great. “I can't wait!” We use this expression to say we are looking forward to something or ironically to imply we are not looking forward to something. so I'll be with you in the afternoon.

or else.. precisely.. Example 2 Do you think the exam will be easy? Fingers crossed. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Don't you shout at me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Jo's got her driving test this afternoon... Example 2 Clean your room now. I really have won the National Lottery. “Put it this way” We use this expression to summarise a position that is probably quite extreme. Fingers crossed” We use this expression to say we hope for a positive result. or else” We use this expression to warn someone that there will be negative consequences to something.No seriously.. It's often a threat. What? You won't let me go to the party? That's right. I hope she passes. Or else what? You'll leave me? Yes. Fingers crossed. “. Spoken Written Informal .. or else.

Example 2 Is it important? Put it this way. make your mind up. “Make your mind up” We use this expression to say someone must make a decision. I remember putting them in my bag. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I don't know whether to have the fish or the steak? Come on. Example 2 I saw Henri with Yoshiko . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you sure you had your keys with you when you left home this morning? I'm absolutely positive. if we don't do it.Example 1 Was she rude to you? Put it this way . We're going to be late! “I'm absolutely positive” We use this expression to say we are completely sure about something. we'll go out of business.if she was a man. Example 2 Shall we park here? Or here? Or here? Or in the car park in the centre? Make your mind up.they were holding hands. Really? Are you sure it was her? I'm absolutely positive. Out of the blue” . She had that scarf she always wears. I would have punched her.

you learn so much more here than by studying from books. Yes. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Did you know Erica was coming to visit us? No. apparently she just told him she was leaving him out of the blue “Look on the bright side” We use this expression to encourage someone to think positively about a situation they believe is negative. she just telephoned out of the blue. Yes. but look on the bright side . It was a complete surprise. Spoken Written Informal .We use this expression to say something happened as a complete surprise. but look on the bright side . Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 It's so expensive living in New York.once you've finished. so that's value for money! Example 2 I've got four exams tomorrow! Ok. you won't have any more exams for two years! “You're on” We use this expression to accept an offer or a challenge. Example 2 He's still in shock about the divorce.

Example 2 I bet you can't eat all those apples in 20 minutes. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We're going to the cinema.Example 1 If you help me with this test. It's easy. the stress. the crime. Do you want to come with us? Thanks but no thanks. or to give a negative opinion of something we don't want to or wouldn't want to do. Example 2 I told my boss I think he's an idiot and that I didn't want to work there one more hour. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you got any ideas what to get Bobby for his birthday? How about buying him a lesson in a helicopter? Nice one! He'll love that. you know? With all the pollution. You're on. Nice one” We use this expression to say we approve strongly of an idea or statement. I'll buy you fish and chips afterwards. I've got something planned. Nice one! Everyone hates him. Thanks but no thanks” We use this expression to decline an offer someone has made. Example 2 You could earn double by working in the city. You're on. Thanks but no thanks. More often than not” . but no-one ever says anything.

more often than not. Example 2 Is Abdullah here yet? No? When does he normally get in? He's late more often than not. Example 2 You know what they say. “There's no such thing (as)” We use this expression to say that something does not exist. though. “For the time being” We use this expression to say something is temporary. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Have you ever seen a ghost? Of course not. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 . They don't exist. There's no such thing as ghosts. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Do you normally go skiing during the Christmas holidays? Yes. there's no such thing as a free lunch. Sometimes we just stay here and see the family. actually.We use this expression to talk about something that happens quite regularly. someone always wants something from you when they offer you lunch. Sure.

“Funnily enough” We use this expression to introduce a coincidence. He's a lucky man. great clothes. It's really impressive. isn't it? Not to mention” We use this expression to add something which is even more important to a list of items. a helicopter. you can leave them on that desk for the time being. Example 2 Where can I put these books? Where do they go? Well. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Simon these days? I haven't heard from him for ages. He's in Paris now. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 He's got fast cars. Example 2 He's so generous.. Funnily enough I got an email from him yesterday. he's given everyone a new computer and paid for training for us all. but I'm still looking. I'll put them away later. Not to mention the houses in New York and the Bahamas.Have you found somewhere to live? Not really. Example 2 I visited the British Museum yesterday. Have you been? Funnily enough I was there the week before! It's great. Exactly. . I'm staying with friends for the time being.

It's embarrasing sometimes. Better not” We use this expression to advise someone not to do something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Was it a good party? Yes. it's only human nature to want to be popular. “It's only human nature” We use this expression to say something is completely natural. Example 2 She tries so hard to make people like her. I think her boyfriend left her last night. We often use this expression as an excuse or explanation. I know. The flat was in a right state afterwards. I suppose.generally negative.Not to mention all the money he's given to locals schools to help underprivileged kids. Of course. It's only human nature to want your kids to do well. In a (right/proper) state” We use this expression to say someone or something is in an extreme condition . It took me four hours to clean up! Example 2 What happened to Julie? She's been crying all day. or to say that we don't think we should do something. She's in a right state. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Every parent wants their children to go to a good school. Well. Spoken Informal .

Chin up! There are plenty more girls out there.that looks very complicated. A piece of cake” We use this expression to say that we find something very easy indeed.she'll just be upset. I'm driving. I'm off” We use this expression to say that we are leaving. Example 2 The exam results are out tomorrow. it was a piece of cake.Example 1 Do you want another beer? Better not. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I split up with Jodie yesterday. Chin up. I'm not very confident. I'm sure you'll get good results. I feel miserable. Did it take you long to make? No. Example 2 Wow . I'm sure I've passed. especially if they are in a difficult situation. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How was the exam? A piece of cake. Better not . “Chin up!” We use this expression to offer encouragement to someone. . Example 2 Shall we tell Dee that we're not going to her party.

Spoken Informal

Example 1
I'm off. OK, see you tomorrow.

Example 2
Have you finished? Yes. I'm off now.

“In a bit”
We use this expression to say something will happen soon. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
We're going for a walk. Do you want to come? In a bit - I've got to finish this first. You go and I'll follow you.

Example 2
When can we have a break? I'm tired. In a bit. Let's finish this exercise first.

You ... what?”
We use this expression to show surprise or shock about something Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
The baby was crying so I gave it your green jumper. You did what? That's my favourite one!

Example 2
I said you would decorate my mum's bathroom for her. You said what? That'll take weeks! No, no, I mean the downstairs bathroom. That's much smaller.

“Anyone'll tell you”

We use this expression to say that we are sure something is right, and that anyone can confirm this. Spoken Informal

Example 1
Where's a good place to dance around here? Roxys is the best in town. Anyone'll tell you. It's got great music.

Example 2
Is Bath worth a visit? Is it nice? Oh, it's fantastic. Anyone'll tell you. The Roman Baths are very special.

“More than enough”
We use this expression to say that a number, price or quantity is more than necessary to do something. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
How long do we need to get across town to the station? One hour? That's more than enough. It shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes.

Example 2
Can I borrow some money to do the shopping? Sure - £20? That's more than enough. Thanks a lot.

“On second thoughts”
We use this expression to say that we have changed our mind about something. Spoken Informal

Example 1
Are you ready to order? Yes. I'll have the lamb. On second thoughts, I'll have the steak, please.

Example 2
Do you want to come with us to the park to play football this afternoon?

No, I'm busy. On second thoughts - yes. The work can wait. Great - see you later, then.

Just as well”
We use this expression to say that it is good something happened or someone did something, because it avoids a potential problem. Spoken Informal

Example 1
Careful - that seat's broken. Just as well you told me. I hadn't noticed. Thanks.

Example 2
The weather forecast said it's going to rain this afternoon. Just as well you told me. I was going to have a picnic in the park.

Let's face it”
We use this expression to introduce a negative idea that we have to accept. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
You'd be really good at marketing, I'm sure. Maybe. But let's face it - I don't have any qualifications or experience.

Example 2
Every day Jun tells me how much he loves Rolls Royce cars. Yes, but let's face it, the only way he'll ever have one is if he steals it!

“We'll come up with something”
We use this expression to say that we will find a solution in the future. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1

The best bit was when they found all that money. Example 2 When are your parents coming back from the States? Not long now . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm looking forward to the holidays. Don't worry.just a couple of days. “Let's have a think about it” We use this expression to say that we need to think about something to find a solution. I love it.generally positive .will soon happen.What are you going to say to the manager when he finds out we did the wrong work? I don't know now. Example 2 I need an idea for tomorrow's lesson on phrasal verbs.just one more week. OK. Not long now” We use this expression to say that something . I'll come up with something. Spoken Informal Example 1 Did you like the film? Yes. Not long now . Really? That's the best bit. The best bit” We use this expression to talk about something that we like a lot. It was so funny! Example 2 I hate the skin of roast chicken. Let's think. I'm sure we can come up with something. Me too. Spoken .

yes. Let's have a think about it tomorrow after the meeting. I haven't seen any hotels here. Come to think of it” We use this expression to introduce something we had not thought of before. Example 2 Are you going to see Jim later? . come to think of it. Example 2 It's a strange town. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You weren't in when I called last night. either! Out of curiosity” We use this expression to say that we did or are doing something because we were/are interested to know. I haven't seen any shops or restaurants. where were you? Oh.Informal Example 1 What's the best way to get everyone involved in the project? Let's have a think about it. There are lots of different possibilities. Is he ill? I don't know. I haven't seen him all week. Come to think of it. OK? Good idea. Example 2 How can we improve our courses and make sure everyone gets good results? I don't know. I was with some friends who I hadn't seen for years. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Have you seen Matt anywhere? No. Out of curiosity.

I should finish in a couple of hours. They're really nice. Example 2 Have you found an answer to the problem with the computers in the office? Yes. I'm on top of it” We use this expression to say that we are in control of something. but we are thinking positively about it.Yes. can you ask him where he got his boots. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How are you managing with phoning all those companies? I'm on top of it now. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What a day! I've been working since seven! Go home and put your feet up. Example 2 What did you do last night? Nothing. I just put my feet up and watched TV. Why? Well. There was just a problem with one of the passwords. I'm on top of it now. Spoken Written Informal . It could be worse” We use this expression to say that the situation may be negative. just out of curiosity. You deserve it. Put your feet up” We use this expression to invite someone to relax.

Yummy. Those stairs are dangerous. we had a whale of a time. It could be worse . It could be worse . Yummy. I love that city! Yummy” We use this expression to say something is delicious. Example 2 The man has just told me the new computers won't be here until Friday. Example 2 What's that delicious smell? Chocolate cake. I love Spanish food. I shouldn't think so” . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Did you enjoy the party? Yes. I think. It was great.I know someone who actually broke her leg falling down those stairs.once we had to wait 6 weeks for new equipment! A whale of a time” We use this expression to say we really enjoyed ourselves.Example 1 My friend fell over and sprained her ankle last night. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Susana and Ana are making traditional paella for the food party in school. Example 2 How was your holiday? We had a whale of a time in Los Angeles.

. Give me a chance” We use this expression to say we need more time to do something and that the other person is being unreasonable.they said we could make ourselves at home. Example 2 Is Elena coming to the party? I shouldn't think so .she told me she was going to Manchester tonight. I've only just got back from work Wait and see” We use this expression to tell someone that they have to wait to find out some information. Give me a chance. You only gave it to me yesterday! Example 2 When will the supper be ready? I'm starving. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you finished the book yet? Give me a chance. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What are you giving me for my birthday? You'll have to wait and see.We use this expression to say that we don't think something is true. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Do you think they will mind if I help myself to another coffee? I shouldn't think so . Example 2 What's for lunch? Wait and see.

suppose so” We use this expression to say that we agree with an idea or statement. “Just because . but I should.” We use this expression to say that there is no logical connection between two things. Example 2 Is this the place to buy tickets for the show? I suppose so.I love that sofa.. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you going to Steve's wedding? I suppose so. “Just (you) try” We use this expression to warn someone about the negative consequences of something they might want to do. Just you try! It's my turn to leave early this week. Example 2 I think I'm going to leave early today... ..we could get some good money. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Just because he speaks English doesn't mean he is English. It says 'tickets' there. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why don't we try to sell the sofa and TV . doesn't mean . but maybe we don't feel completely positive or are not sure. Just you try . and we'd die without a TV. I don't really want to.

Can't complain. at a time” We use this expression to talk about a sequence of things or activities. or South African. Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean there's no work to do! “Can't complain” We use this expression to reply to a question asking how something is. Still walking five miles a day and going to the gym. Example 2 I want you to book the tickets.. I take it one day at a time and just see what happens. organise the hotel and plan the meeting. Example 2 I want to stay in bed and be lazy tomorrow. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Are you the sort of person who plans everything when on holiday? No. or from New Zealand for example. he could be American. “Sorted” . I keep doing the homework. Example 2 How's the course going? Can't complain. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How are you these days? I haven't seen you for ages.. phone a taxi. to say there are no big problems..I know. Ok. but I can only do one thing at a time. “One .

but it's just not possible. and then you don't even try to get a job.and we find it negative or boring. Here we go again. Here we go again. Here we go again” We use this expression to say someone is going to say or do something that they have said or done before . I'm waiting! Hang on. Let's go. There. Every year she tries to take longer holidays. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 . sorted. I've told you that there just aren't any jobs at this time of year! For a change” We use this expression to introduce something different from what is normal. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you got the hotel rooms booked for next week? Sorted. Example 2 Come on. I did it yesterday. Spoken Informal Example 1 Janet has asked to talk to you about extra holidays. I'm just finishing. Example 2 I worked very hard so you could go to university.We use this expression to say that something has been arranged or finished or a problem has been solved.

Spoken Informal Example 1 If you've got a headache.I tried that last time. OK.What's on TV tonight? Why don't we go to the cinema for a change? We always watch TV. Spoken . No . Sounds interesting. It made me feel sick as well! Example 2 What's the new goalkeeper like? Worse than useless! He let in five goals last week! That'll do” We use this expression to say that someone should stop something. good idea. Worse than useless” We use this expression to say that something is absolutely terrible. try some of this. Spoken Informal Example 1 That'll do! Stop fighting. Part of the problem” We use this expression to explain one reason for a particular problem.he hit me first! Example 2 Do you want me to cut you a bigger piece of bread? That'll do. It was worse than useless. I'm not very hungry. or that something is enough. thanks. sit down and be quiet! He started it . we thought we would go to Morocco for a change. Example 2 Where are you going on holiday? France again? No.

but in a way it's good.Formal Written Informal Example 1 Why don't more tourists visit Scotland in the winter? It's so beautiful. or to agree to a limited extent. Example 2 It's a pity Jan and Mike can't come to the dinner party tonight. Example 2 The film wasn't a success because the acting was terrible. It's also quite expensive. It is pretty cold. Spoken Informal Example 1 What can we buy Akiko for her birthday? I've got it! Why don't we get her a ticket to the Green Day concert? She'll love it! . Yes. Well. Yes. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I prefer living in the country to living in a city. cinemas. because there will be more food for the rest of us to eat! I've got it” We use this expression to say that we have just had an idea that we think is the solution to a problem. don't you? In a way. too. And it wasn't very realistic either. that's part of the problem. shops etc to go to. In a way” We use this expression to introduce a contrasting idea or viewpoint. But it's always nice to have theatres. the weather is part of the problem.

but that doesn't mean he likes the Royal Family. Spoken Informal Example 1 I was in Poland last week. don't you think? Quite. She told me it cost over £2000! “Quite!” We use this expression to say we agree with something completely. Spoken Informal Example 1 He may be English. wasn't it? You can say that again! It was minus 22 degrees where I was staying! Example 2 Have you seen Elena's engagement ring? Yes. On the doorstep” We use this expression to say that things are very close to where we live. They need some practice. Quite! But a lot of people do think that. You can say that again!” We use this expression to agree strongly with something. Spoken Formal Written . Example 2 The best thing about living here is the view.give them a test on phrasal verbs. You can say that again. It's spectacular. it looks really expensive.Great idea. Example 2 Any ideas for what I could do in class tomorrow? I've got it . I expect it was cold.

Yes. Example 2 Living in the mountains is great. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 You look fit.perhaps once or twice a week.Informal Example 1 Why do you like living in Clifton? Don't you think the countryside would be nicer? No. I love it because I've got shops. but I wouldn't want to eat it on a daily basis. Do you work out in the gym? I do. don't you? Yes. you've got skiing right on your doorstep in winter. Talk about spoilt! They bought him a Ferrari last year! . Yes. museums and restaurants on the doorstep. Talk about + adjective / noun” We use this expression to emphasize an extreme situation or quality of a person. Example 2 I love seafood. and great walks in summer. but not on a daily basis . Quite! “On a daily basis” We use this expression to talk about something that happens every day. His parents never say no. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Steve gets everything he wants.

To be on the safe side” We use this expression to say someone should do something just to be sure there will be no problems .Example 2 Talk about lucky! Sheila played the lottery for the first time and won £10. Example 2 Is it an expensive restaurant we're going to? No . That said” We use this expression to introduce a contrast to what has been said before. so we should leave at seven to be on the safe side. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How did you manage to record both programmes? It's not rocket science! I just programmed the video. Example 2 How did you find the address of the hotel? It's not rocket science. It's not rocket science” We use this expression to say that something is quite easy. It is often a mild form of disagreement.normally with time or quantity.000! I know. The meeting's at ten. She's incredible. Spoken . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How long will it take us to drive to Birmingham? Two hours.but I'm taking £50 to be on the safe side. I just looked on the internet.

Example 2 Mike's a bit depressed because he didn't get the promotion he was expecting.Written Informal Example 1 He's a great student and he learns well in class. it might have been more confusing if it were shorter. I bet you were. It's a 14-hour flight from LA. That must be a bit of a blow for him. He was sure he was going to get the job. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I was really tired when we got back from the States. That said. isn't it? Example 2 . I was really looking forward to it. he can be quite naughty sometimes. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We can't do karaoke tonight because the machine's not working! That's a bit of a blow. Yes. Example 2 It's pretty long. The Lord of the Rings ? Yes. I know. but that said. “That's a bit of a blow” We use this expression to say that something is a problem or disappointment. I bet” We use this expression to emphasize agreement with something or someone.

Spoken Formal . I'm on a diet.. Example 2 Don't you like cake? Yes. I bet you couldn't. but I couldn't. Is that good for you? The thing is . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Can you come to the party tomorrow? Normally I'd love to... I've got to be in New York the next day. The thing is. The thing is. the best possible time for me is at 2pm.” We use this expression to introduce a problem. I do.I wanted to buy tickets for the Rolling Stones. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What happened next? The worst possible thing . They sold out weeks ago! The best/worst possible” We use this expression to emphasize an extrememly positive or negative idea..my parents came back early! Example 2 When is a good time for the meeting? Well. so good” We use this expression to say that we are happy with the progress of a situation that has not yet finished. so . So far.

Well. you can't win them all. Example 2 Have we got time to stop for a sandwich? Yes. Let's have a proper meal. Example 2 The team played well but we lost 3-2 in the end. Don't worry. so good . we've got bags of time. We've got loads of time.Written Informal Example 1 How's your new office assistant getting on? So far. He's settling in and there haven't been any big problems. Spoken Informal Example 1 We didn't get that contract with the Swiss company. You can't win them all. Nice of you to ask / say” We use this expression to thank someone for saying or asking something. Spoken .but they haven't signed the contract yet. so good. Example 2 How's the meeting going? So far. Loads/bags of time” We use this expression to say that we are not in a hurry. Spoken Informal Example 1 What time does the play start? Are we OK? Sure. relax. “You can't win them all” We use this expression after a negative result.

I'm in London then. she's one in a million. What sort of time do you call this? It's after midnight! I know . Example 2 Erica's such a brilliant student.we got lost on the way here. nice of you to say.I didn't know what time it was. though.Written Informal Example 1 We're having a picnic on Sunday. She remembers everything we do in class. Example 2 What sort of time do you call this? You should have been here hours ago! I know. Yes. I wasn't sure it was right for me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Hi. Sorry I'm late. What sort of time do you call this?” We use this expression when someone is very late for something. Thanks. I'm sorry . she's one in a million. Example 2 I like your new hairstyle. Don't do it again or you won't have a job to come to! One in a million” We use this expression to say that someone is very special. Nice of you to ask. Do you want to come? I can't I'm afraid. It really suits you. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You're lucky to be with Jane. . She's lovely! Yes.

Are you going to give her a present? As if ! You know I hate her. I haven't got a clue. come now. I haven't got a clue. Tough. I'm going now. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I want to sit next to the window. I haven't got a clue” We use this expression to say we have no idea about something. I was never good at geography. Tough. Example 2 Where's Yukiko now? Sorry.“Tough” We use this expression to say that something another person wants won't happen. Example 2 Can we stay a bit longer? I don't want to go home yet. She never tells me anything. As if !” We use this expression to say that something is extremely unlikely or even impossible.' Spoken Informal Example 1 It's Sandra's birthday. so if you want a lift in my car. It's short for 'As if that were possible. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What's the capital of Bolivia? Sorry. I was here first. Example 2 . I feel sick if I don't.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you sure the film starts at 7.30? Yes. and there was a party last night. Spoken Written Informal . It took me 6 months before I could manage a sentence! “I've checked” We use this expression to say that we have made sure of something. I'd go along with that. Example 2 Isn't Pete in the office upstairs? No. Life's too short. or that we don't like something.Do you think Joe will be here early today? As if ! He's never early. I've checked. but it gets easier. I was surprised how good it can be sometimes.” We use this expression to say we don't want to do something. I've checked. I don't know where he is. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Some British restaurants are first class these days. I'd go along with that. He isn't there. too ! I'd go along with that” We use this expression to say that we agree with something someone has said. Example 2 Russian is a difficult language to learn at first.

Example 2 Your doctor told you to go on a diet. but life's too short! “Knowing me/him etc” We use this expression to say that something is not surprising for someone. but if needs be. we can always get a few more people. She loves shoes! Example 2 Why don't you come skiing with us in Scotland this year? It'll be fun. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you finished your speech for the wedding tomorrow? No. Life's too short to get angry. if needs be.Example 1 Don't you get angry when people do things like that? No. No. Example 2 Are we going to have enough staff in the shop for the Christmas sales? I think so. I'd break my leg. Knowing me. thanks. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Joanna? In the shoeshop. “You name it” We use this expression to summarise a list of examples. You can't eat that! Yeah. . I always have accidents with things like that! “If needs be” We use this phrase to talk about something that might be necessary in the future. knowing her. I like to be positive. but I'll work on it all night.

Chile. Brazil. the chef's not going to win any prizes. Venezuela. Leave it to me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How can we get hold of a video recorder before the meeting tomorrow? Leave it to me. awful food . You name it. if you know what I mean. Example 2 Someone should tell Martin not to come in today as the meeting's cancelled.Spoken Written Informal Example 1 So. Thailand. he's been there . f you know what I mean” We use this expression to give an indirect example or partial explanation because we think the listener understands.. what went wrong on your holiday? Delayed take-off. I know someone who can help. terrible flight. doesn't he? Yes. your Dad. I was going to phone him anyway. Spoken Informal Example 1 What did you think of the restaurant? Well. Leave it to me” We use this expression to tell someone that we are happy to take responsibility for doing something. Example 2 Why didn't you like the film? .Japan.you name it! Example 2 He travels a lot..

says or does.It was all sex. Example 2 What did you do last week-end? Went for a meal with some friends. he works with doctors. “And that sort of thing” We use this expression after giving an example to indicate that there are other examples we could also use. watched TV and that sort of thing. basically she's too busy.not a very relaxing film. though That's easy for you to say” . drugs and a dead body every five minutes. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What did they say during the meeting? We need to increase productivity and that sort of thing. Sounds relaxing. Ah . It's a bit more complicated than that. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why isn't Alicia coming? Is she ill? No. then. Example 2 What does your Dad do? Basically. if you know what I mean. I see. Basically” We use this expression to summarise an opinion or what someone thinks. She told me she's got a whole list of things to do.

You worked really hard to win. That's easy for you to say. I haven't had time to revise anything. It's a great painting. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why don't you go to Greece for your holiday? It's lovely there. Spoken Informal Example 1 I'm really chuffed I've won the competition for the best dancer in school. That's easy for you to say. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I don't mind if we stay late and work an extra couple of hours. It's too busy.We use this expression to say that we have some comment or reservation about what the speaker has said. Example 2 Would you like to live in a city like London? No. Too many people for my liking. Too + adj/quantity for my liking” We use this expression to give a reason why we don't like something. No. It's common with feelings of pride. It's too hot for my liking in summer. I prefer somewhere cooler. I was really chuffed” We use this expression to say we felt very happy about something. you should be. You don't have any children to look after! Example 2 The exam tomorrow shouldn't be too difficult. . Example 2 I was really chuffed when they selected my painting to go in the hall. Yes.

They're not good for you. It's a free country. Example 2 Mummy! I got an A for my test in school. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 . Good for you! You've worked very hard. even if someone disagrees with us. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You shouldn't go out with those guys. Good for you! He wasn't right for you.Good for you!” We use this expression to congratulate someone or show we approve of something. “It's a free country” We use this expression to say that we can do something. Please don't stand there. Example 2 Excuse me. I'll go out with anyone I like. I can find a better boyfriend. “Carry on regardless” We use this expression to say that someone or something will continue even if this is a surprise. I'll stand where I want. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I've decided to leave Mark. It's a free country.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you coming out tonight? We're going bowling. Not tonight. not in rugby. I've given up. but I'm still not 100%. Example 2 Would you like a cigarette? No. This time it's for good.Why did they arrest Simon? Apparently the police told him to stop the car. They'll carry on regardless. For good” We use this expression to say that something is final and forever. I'm better. Not if I can help it” We use this expression to say we are very much against an idea. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Is Darren coming back next week? No. Sorry. He's got a new job in a different company. he's gone for good. Example 2 Will they stop the match if it starts raining? No. I'm not (feeling) 100%” We use this expression to say that we don't feel completely well. Example 2 How are you feeling now? Are you better? Well. but he carried on regardless. Spoken Written . I don't feel 100% today.

I don't think it's that dark. I don't think the radiator is working. He's a complete idiot.. Example 2 Is it me or is it dark in here? It's you. You're so selfish! That's a bit much . I want to go home and relax.I spent hours helping you with the accounts last week! Example 2 I was two minutes late because of the traffic and the boss told me to get a new job! That's a bit much! You're not responsible for the traffic “Is it me or . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You never help me.Informal Example 1 Are you staying late tonight? Not if I can help it. That's a bit much” We use this expression to say we think someone has reacted in an unreasonable manner about something.. Example 2 Is it true that Jim is going to be made head of department next year? Not if I can help it.?” We use this expression to ask if other people have the same impression as us. Spoken Informal Example 1 Is it me or is it cold in here? It's freezing. On the trot” .

Often it is a form of 'thank you. Example 2 You look exhausted. What's happened? We're so busy. You star! “Easy does it” We use this expression when we are carrying something heavy or doing something difficult. Easy does it ! . You star! That's great. Spoken Informal Example 1 You look very well! Thanks. I thought you would like them.we don't want to scratch the wood. You star!” We use this expression to say we think someone has done something we like a lot. Example 2 I think her leg is broken! OK . Spoken Informal Example 1 Where are we going to put the computer? It's heavy! Here. Easy does it .We use this expression to say that something happened on a sequence of occasions. I've been to the gym for ten days on the trot now .let's lift her out of the car and onto the stretcher.' Spoken Informal Example 1 Here's a coffee and some croissants for you. if you like. I've had to work for ten days on the trot. I need a break. on the desk. Example 2 I can lend you 20 pounds until Friday. It's a warning to be very careful.I'm feeling really fit.

over £10 million and it's not even very big! Example 2 What happened when they told you you'd won the lottery? I was gobsmacked! I couldn't believe it. or that there is a huge quantity of something. I'm up to my eyes with letters of application for the job. Example 2 Do you want to play squash tonight? . very busy with something. Yes . “Nice one!” We use this expression to show we approve of something. Bill. I'm up to my eyes (in/with/at)” We use this expression to say we are very. Spoken Informal Example 1 I was gobsmacked when they told me how much the house cost.I was gobsmacked” We use this expression to say that we were completely surprised by someone or something. then? Yes. Nice one! Thanks. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The advert was really successful. Spoken Informal Example 1 I asked if we could all leave early on Friday and the boss said yes! Nice one! Example 2 Here's a drink for you.

and you don't seem to care. Example 2 Don't you think they are the best band in the world? Well. She's had another argument with her boyfriend. No-one ever puts things away in the right plac I wouldn't go that far” We use this expression when we want to show that we don't really agree with someone. Some songs are nice. Example 2 I can never find anything I need in the store room! Yes. It's just that today he was in a bad mood. I'm up to my eyes at work. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why is Barbara crying? It's the same old story. “What I'm trying to say is” We use this expression to point out our actual meaning. Spoken Informal Example 1 He's the rudest person I've ever met! I wouldn't go that far. Normally he's fine. it's the same old story. Normally this is a negative situation. I'll probably still be here at midnight! “It's the same old story” We use this expression to say that we are in a situation that has happened before.I can't. . you're often late. but they are a bit dull for me. Spoken Informal Example 1 Your work is not good. I wouldn't go that far.

Of course. actually. I pity the manager. At the end of the day” We use this expression to introduce a conclusion or to summarise a position. . it's the manager's responsibility to get a win.but at the end of the day. any joy? Yes.it won't happen again.I'm sorry . What I'm trying to say is that if you don't change. I think Sue is really nice. Sally has offered to do it for us. OK . No. I've looked everywhere but I can't find it. but at the end of the day. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We went into business to improve on the services other shops are offering. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You know we talked about trying to find someone to organise the party next week? Yes. Yes. Example 2 You were trying to find Spielberg's latest film on DVD. you are in business to make money. I'll have to fire you. Example 2 She's clever and she's really pretty. “Any luck/joy?” We use this expression to ask if someone has managed to do something. what I'm trying to say is I'd really like to be her boyfriend. Yes. No. Example 2 The team didn't play well. too. Any luck? No.

Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I've lost my filofax! Poor you! I couldn't live without my filofax.(something) springs to mind” We use this expression to introduce an idea or example of something that we have had. Often it is humorous or ironic. I know. I hate them. Example 2 Have you got a mobile phone? No. it's terrible. No. seriously. Example 2 What can we get Simon as a present? Nothing springs to mind. You must be really upset! Yes. it's not easy. we need to find a solution. “Poor you!” We use this expression to say we feel sorry for someone who is in a bad situation. Spoken . Really? I couldn't live without mine. I don't know enough about him. I couldn't live without (something)” We use this expression to say that we really need something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What can we do with Jill? She's causing such problems! Murder springs to mind.

We were burgled and my TV. DVD and all my computer stuff was stolen. or to say we think something is acceptable. Example 2 Why don't I work late today. You should rest some more. Silly me. and you write the report next week? OK. Spoken Informal Example 1 Happy birthday.Written Informal Example 1 I've been in bed with 'flu for a week. Fair enough. and I'll choose the wine. It's next week! Oh. It's not this week. How terrible! Poor you! “Fair enough” We use this expression to agree to a condition. I still feel awful. Poor you. Example 2 Did you get the book I asked you for? . Silly me” We use this expression to say we have made a stupid mistake when we should have known the answer. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You decide which restaurant to go to. Fair enough. Joan. Example 2 What did you do at the weekend? It was awful.

He's going to be angry. I forgot! Rather you than me” We use this expression to say that we would prefer not to do something. silly me. I take it all back. . I take it (all) back” We use this expression to say we regret saying something and we know we were wrong to say it. He really loves that car. I take it back. Example 2 I don't know any Germans with a sense of humour. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I can't believe you said that Bristol was boring! I know. It's a great place with lots to see and do.Sorry. OK. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Someone has got to tell the manager that his car has been damaged. You're right. Rather you than me. “Easier said than done” We use this expression to say that a suggestion may be very difficult to put into practice. Rather you than me. Example 2 We've got to go outside and make sure the gates are closed. I'm frightened of the dark. How can you say that? Dieter and Klara were really funny and made everyone laugh.

don't you.Spoken Informal Example 1 I fancy a barbecue this weekend. Spoken Informal Example 1 When I was in New York last year. Let me think about that. Ah. Something's gone wrong. Give me an example of one using the verb 'write'. Well. Spoken Informal Example 1 I was at a party and I met Karen and Richard. across the street! Example 2 I need a hand with the computer. You need Marcel. Are you going to do all the shopping then? Example 2 You know all about phrasal verbs. in New York I saw the most fantastic exhibition. I I love New York. Talk/Speak of the devil” We use this expression when someone who we were talking about arrives in the middle of a conversation. Really? I hven't seen them for a while. As I was saying” We use this expression to start speaking again when someone or something has interrupted us. He's good at that. Talk of the devil! There they are. it's so exciting! As I was saying. Example 2 I went to Charlie's flat for dinner the other day and - . Talk of the devil. Here he is. that's easier said than done. that's easier said than done.

Charlie - how is he? Fine. Well, as I was saying, during the dinner he told me he was getting married!

Let's call it a day”
We use this expression to say that we are going to finish something. Spoken Informal

Example 1
What time is it? Nearly five. Let's call it a day. Good idea.

Example 2
It's getting too dark to play now. I can hardly see the ball. You're right. Let's call it a day. See you tomorrow.

Too good to be true”
We use this expression to describe something that seemed wonderful at first, but is not actually, or is not real. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
You know that advert we saw for a Rolls Royce for just £100? Yes, I called them. They told me it was a printing mistake. The price is £10,000! I thought it was too good to be true!

Example 2
I got an email telling me I'd won the lottery. I know. There are hundreds - and they're all criminal. I thought it was too good to be true.

That rings a bell”

We use this expression to say we vaguely remember someone or something, but are not quite sure. Spoken Informal

Example 1
I've been waiting for Sarah. Do you know where she is? Didn't she tell us that she was going to be in Manchester this week? Ah - that rings a bell. Thanks.

Example 2
What's the name of that actor in the new comedy series at nine o'clock? Ah, yes. Isn't it Ricky someone. He was in The Office, wasn't he? Ricky - that rings a bell.

“It's not my style”
We use this expression to say that something is not what we normally do or like. Spoken Informal

Example 1
These trousers look good. Do you like them? Not really. They're not my style.

Example 2
When I've got a problem, I normally go home and think about it for a while. That's not my style. I try to find a solution immediately.

To be honest”
We use this expression to introduce our real opinion about something - often when this is negative. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
How's your new job? To be honest, I'm finding it quite difficult at the moment.

I expect you'll settle in soon enough.

Example 2
What did you think of the concert? I couldn't really enjoy it, to be honest. I'm not feeling 100% Oh, dear. You should go home and go to bed, then.

“Plus”
We use this expression to add another point to what we have said. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
What did you do today? I wrote to John, did my homework plus I tidied the whole house. Wow - that's a lot.

Example 2
Why don't you like Jun? He's rude, he's selfish plus he never speaks to any of the women in school. I see.

“There's a catch”
We use this expression to say that there is a difficult condition attached to something positive. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
Mum said we could have a party in the flat this weekend. That's great. But there's a catch. We have to paint the kitchen first.

Example 2
Look - this advert says you can get a free DVD player! Yes, but there's a catch. You have to spend over £250 in the shop first. I see.

All in all”
We use this expression to summarise or generalise a point. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
All in all, it's been a good year, don't you think? Yes. The first few months were difficult, but we had a great summer and autumn.

Example 2
I heard that you didn't like your trip to Australia. No. I had some problems, but all in all it was a great experience.

“Right away”
We use this expression to say something will happen immediately. Often we say this when we agree to do something immediately. Spoken Informal

Example 1
Can you find Paola's phone number for me, please? Right away. Here it is.

Example 2
How long are you staying in Bath? Actually I have to leave right away. Why? I thought we could eat together. Maybe next time, then.

“(that's a) Pity”
We use this expression to say we are sorry about something. Spoken Written Informal

Example 1
It's raining. We can't go to the park today.

Pity. I was looking forward to playing there.

Example 2
I've just got an email from Sue and Louisa - they can't visit us next week. Pity. Yes. They'll try to come down later in the year instead.

Famous last words”
We use this expression after someone has said something very positive to show that we are not sure that they should be so positive. Spoken Informal

Example 1
I promise I'll send you the documents by Tuesday. Famous last words.

Example 2
I've got everything planned for the party. Nothing can go wrong now. Famous last words.

It goes without saying”
We use this expression to say that something is absolutely sure or completely normal or necessary. Spoken Formal Written Informal

Example 1
If you have a karaoke party in school, you'll have to clean up afterwards. Of course. It goes without saying.

Example 2
Do you think Steve and Samantha will be at Henry's wedding? Of course. It goes without saying. They've been best friends for years.

“(Something) galore”
We use this expression to indicate a huge quantity of something normally very positive.

Example 2 What do you like doing on holiday? Lying on a beach somewhere? Anything but! I hate beaches. Example 2 How was your birthday? I got presents galore! I was really spoilt by everyone. Right. or visiting museums. I'll try there. “Nice weather for ducks” We use this expression humorously to describe a rainy day. Spoken Informal Example 1 Terrible day! There's no way we can play football outside.Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where do you recommend for leather handbags? They've got handbags galore in 'Accessorize' in the centre. I prefer hiking in the mountains. Nice weather for ducks! Example 2 Look at the rain! Yes. place or thing talked about is the opposite of what we want. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Did you have a good holiday? Anything but! It was terrible from start to finish. Nice weather for ducks! Anywhere/Anything/Anyone but” We use this expression to say that the person. . or the opposite of reality. I know.

you can't even move! Example 2 I got married when I was 21. Example 2 There are going to be big changes around here. or have had the same . Everywhere is so crowded. Join the club.I'm all ears” We use this expression to say we are keen to hear something especially gossip about someone. I'm much happier single. Join the club. “I can't (verb) for the life of me” We use this expression to say that there is something we just cannot do/believe/remember etc Spoken Written Informal Example 1 . Really? I'm all ears. and divorced at 25. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I hate Christmas shopping. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you heard what Jerome said to Cindy? No. Join the club” We use this expression to say that we are in the same situation as someone.usually negative . I don't think I'll get married again. I'm all ears . I heard Ben talking to the director.experience.

please.' 'When!' Wow . No.' “Time will tell” We use this expression to say that we will know the answer to something in the future. It's so ugly. not now. OK. Are you ready? No. Victor? Sure. thanks. “Say 'when'” We use this expression when we are pouring someone a drink to ask them to tell us when they have enough. . “It's the pits!” We use this expression to say that something is terrible. My keys. and it spoils the view of the city. Say 'when.If I drink all that. I'll have to take a taxi home! Example 2 Would you like some more coffee? A little. Spoken Informal Example 1 Could I have some more wine.Come on. I hope so. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Do you think their marriage will last? They are terribly young! Time will tell. We're going. I can't remember for the life of me where I put them. I suppose. Example 2 I can't understand for the life of me why they built that car park there. Say 'when. Example 2 I hope we've done the right thing with the new advertising campaign? Only time will tell.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Just ten minutes before the interview I dropped ketchup down my shirt! What a nightmare! Example 2 I was miles from town. I know. No thanks. Often it implies that we do not want to do something that we think is negative. with no petrol. What a nightmare!” We use this expression to describe a terrible situation. Example 2 This is the worst cheesecake I've ever tasted. Here. you try some. It's the pits. I'll take your word for it. What a nightmare! What did you do? . and it was dark. Spoken Informal Example 1 Touch this .Spoken Informal Example 1 This place is the pits. there were no cars. Example 2 Where did you live before you moved to Bristol? A small town by the coast in the north. It's so boring.it's really hot! No thanks. I should paint it. I'll take your word for it. That's why I came here. I'll take your word for it” We use this expression to say that we trust and believe someone about something. I don't know how you can sleep here. It's dark and dirty. but I never seem to have the time.

Spoken Informal Example 1 Do you fancy coming with us tonight? We're going clubbing with friends. It's often a negative comment. “Give it a rest” We use this expression to tell someone to stop talking about something. Sounds great. I wouldn't say no. Spoken Informal Example 1 . then. But it'll be good for relaxing.In the middle of nowhere” We use this expression to say that something is miles from anywhere in the countryside. but it's in the middle of nowhere. Example 2 Where do James and Sarah live? They've just bought a house in the middle of nowhere. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The hotel looks nice.see you at ten. There won't be anything to do. It takes 4 hours to get there! “I wouldn't say no” We use this expression to say that we do or we would accept something. Great . Coffee. Maybe. Example 2 Can I get you a cup of tea or coffee? I wouldn't say no. please.

Spoken Informal Example 1 Hey. will you! I don't want to hear about her any more. or to agree more or less with something Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Have you finished? Just about. One more minute then you can have the computer.Jackie's parents gave Jackie a laptop. That's perfect now. Example 2 It's got a great engine. and it's only done 65. If you can move that chair a little it'll be better. “Just about” We use this expression to say that something has almost happened. Example 2 What's with the boring music? No-one's going to dance to this! OK. Example 2 Can you see the screen ok? Just about.000 miles. Give it a rest about Jackie. Oh. then. “What's with the + noun?” We use this expression to ask for an explanation for something we can see. and they gave her an MP3 player. I'm sorry. “It's not up to much” . And Give it a rest! I'm not interested in your bike. You can be the DJ. Let's talk about something different. What's with the sad expression? Is something wrong? I've just had bad news from home.

Did you make it yourself? No. Is it digital? Yes. I'll read anything. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 That's a nice looking camera. A friend told me it's not up to much. “Me too” We use this expression to say we agree with someone. I've always got a book with me. Example 2 I thought the class today was really difficult. I can't cook to save my life. I bought this from the supermarket. I'm going to get a new one soon. Why don't we see that new horror film instead? OK. Me too. . Me too.We use this expression to say that something is not very good. Spoken Informal Example 1 I really like reading. but it's not up to much. Example 2 Let's go and see King Kong. or are in the same situation. I can't (verb) to save my life” We use this expression to say that we absolutely can't do something Spoken Informal Example 1 Do you like tennis? I like watching. but I can't play to save my life. I just couldn't follow what he was saying. Example 2 This is delicious.

and you'll have more time there. Buses are slow and taxis expensive. Me too. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 If you stay go to Disneyland.remember. Example 2 Don't make them work too hard . . Spoken Informal Example 1 I'm hungry. you're better off walking. go mid-week. I'll bear that in mind. Example 2 What's the best way of getting to the centre? Bus or taxi? Actually. Ok. It won't take long. It's cheaper. The queues aren't so bad. Thanks. You're better off taking the overnight train. Spoken Informal Example 1 We're taking the first train in the morning. they've just had a very long flight. “I could murder a (something)” We use this expression to say we are very hungry or thirsty. I'll bear that in mind. You're better off +ing” We use this expression to advise someone to do something different. I could murder a pizza right now.“I'll bear it in mind” We use this expression to thank someone for warning us about something that we will think about in a later situation.

About time” We use this expression to say that we think someone should have done something before.I won't report you. OK. or something should have happened before. Just this once” We use this expression to make an exception. OK . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I need to leave work early today. Thanks. But I don't want to see you doing it again. I could murder a cold beer! By all means” We use this expression to give someone permission to do something. Example 2 May I borrow this book? I'll give it back tomorrow. By all means. Example 2 I know I did the wrong thing. Spoken Formal Written Example 1 Do you mind if I sit down? I'm exhausted. Just this once. or to ask for an exception to be made for us. By all means. Just this once. Yes. It's common when people are late. Is that possible? An hour early. but please don't report me. I don't need it now.Example 2 You must be thirsty. You've been working in the sun all day. Relax for a while. Spoken .

About time. “Not to my knowledge” . Oh no! Butterfingers. pass me that plate.throw it to me. Here you are. He's got football on the brain.Written Informal Example 1 Here's Phil . Example 2 Are you coming to the party on Friday? Donna will be there. About time! It's been like that for years. Spoken Informal Example 1 I get so bored talking to Nigel. Donna's great. All he's interested in is football. Example 2 Catch this! OK . It's often negative. I've been waiting for 20 minutes. Example 2 They've finally mended the pavement by the shops. Will you shut up about Donna! You've got her on the brain! Butterfingers!” We use this expression when someone drops something by accident. On the brain” We use this expression to say that someone is obsessed with something or always thinks about something. Sorry . Spoken Informal Example 1 Harry.he's coming around the corner now. Butterfingers! You can't catch anything. I know.I dropped it. please. I hope it wasn't valuable.

In fact I had a coffee with him? With Woddy Allen! Give over! Example 2 In some countries it's normal to get married at twelve. or to say what we are doing. Give over!” We use this expression to show we don't believe something. I'd save it. Spoken Informal Example 1 I saw Woody Allen in the city centre this morning. Example 2 Is there a bank around here? Not to my knowledge.We use this expression to say that we think something is not true or has not happened as far as we know. I don't think you should spend it. They usually get here about ten. . or to show we think something is a big surprise to us. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Have Phil and Fatima arrived yet? Not to my knowledge. I think there's one nearer the centre. At twelve! Give over! “Personally” We use this expression to introduce our personal opinion about something. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What do you think I should do with this money? Personally. though.

Spoken Informal Example 1 Say what you like about the Internet . I agree with you on that. He can only ever do one expression.perhaps for ever. Example 2 Where's Janet? Out in the garden in all likelihood. I think.” We use this expression to say that we have a different opinion to someone. “From now on” We use this expression to say that something will begin now and continue into the future . What about you. Spoken .. She is outside as much as possible.I think it's a waste of time. I think some of his films are good fun. they'll decide to continue with the current situation.Example 2 Personally. Say what you like about him. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What will be the result of the talks? In all likelihood. I think Bristol is a great place. Example 2 Sylvester Stallone is a terrible actor. I know what you mean. In all likelihood” We use this expression to say that something is probably true or going to happen. or that we are going to do something different from the other speaker. Say what you like..

It's pretty messy! Example 2 . Spoken Informal Example 1 I'm bored. That's a pity. Why not? That's what the management have decided. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm afraid I haven't had time to clean the room! So I see. Example 2 I want to go to the beach. How does that grab you? Sounds like fun. When shall we go? So I see” We use this expression to comment that we have seen or understood something the speaker has mentioned.Written Informal Example 1 They've changed the system. or to ask their opinion of something. How does that grab you?” We use this expression to ask if someone is interested in something. Example 2 From now on you won't be allowed to answer personal emails at work. From now on we can only get cheap tickets on Fridays. What shall we do? Why don't we go canoeing? How does that grab you? Great idea! We haven't done that for ages.

So I see. If you press these keys. That's the whole point of going! To improve our French. The whole point” We use this expression to underline the main reason for something. Spoken Written . Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 If we go to France. she was really late and he was angry because of that. it is only ten o'clock. Spoken Informal Example 1 The place is deserted. I don't think this is a great disco. Example 2 He was so rude when she arrived. Saying that. Yes. nothing happens. But saying that. We'll get someone to look at it for you. Let's stay a while. we'll have to speak French. Example 2 Why don't we stay in and watch TV? The whole point of spending some time in the countryside is to get some fresh air! A pain” We use this expression to say that someone or something annoys us.There's something wrong with the computer. and lots of people only go out later.” We use this expression to introduce a hesitation or contrast to a previous idea. Saying that.

Sleep on it. I've got to prepare for a test tomorrow. It's a big decision. Example 2 How are you getting on with Paul? He's a real pain. Spoken Informal Example 1 He gave us each £30. So he decided to stay away today and avoid her.after thinking about it calmly. or that we understand it. (That) figures” We use this expression to say that something is logical to us. Thanks. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 You don't have to decide now. She can be pretty aggressive. Tests are a real pain. do you want the job with the higher salary. He never does what I say. but should make a decision tomorrow . actually. but he gave Sally £100. She was always his favourite.Informal Example 1 I can't stay long. aren't they! Good luck. Example 2 So. or the one which is more interesting? . That figures. I don't want to make a mistake. Example 2 Veronique and Steward had a row. Sleep on it” We use this expression to say that someone should not decide on something now. That figures.

“Full stop” We use this expression to give our final opinion on something. Give or take” We use this expression to give an approximate number. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why don't you try some of this cheese? It's delicious.basketball or volleyball? I don't like sports full stop. I'm going to sleep on it. give or take a quid. Give or take a few. I'd say. It's beyond me” We use this expression to say that we don't or can't understand something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How much money have you got on you? About £20. or to say that there is nothing more to say about something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 .I don't know. Example 2 How many people were at the conference? 500. I don't like cheese full stop! Example 2 Which sport do you prefer .

Why do people eat it? I don't know. It's beyond me. Example 2 I don't know why they don't practise their English.Fast food is full of rubbish. please? Sure. Example 2 Do you like Jeremy? Yes. I know. It is often a warning. Jack won't let me watch the DVD again! He hit me! I've had enough of your fighting! Be quiet both of you! Example 2 I've had enough of everything today. You bet!” . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Mum. It strikes me you would be happier working for a smaller company. Can you stop all my calls. he strikes me as a very talented person. “I've had enough” We use this expression to say that we are getting angry about something. I'll say you're in a meeting. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I don't really like working in large groups where you don't know everyone. too. It strikes me” We use this expression to introduce our impression or opinion of something. It's beyond me. There's an exam next week.

I don't blame you! You worked really hard. They're having a huge argument about something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you coming to the match? It should be good. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What's up? Are you crying? No. You bet! I wouldn't miss it for anything. Example 2 What's up? I'm not sure.We use this expression to say that we are extremely keen on something. Example 2 Did you like the party? You bet! It was great. did or thought. that's all. “What's up?” We use this expression to ask what has happened or what has gone wrong. it's nothing. or to emphasize something. I don't blame you” We use this expression to show sypathy with someone for what they said. . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I was really upset when she said that. I know. Just a little worried about something.

but I'm taking my credit card just in case.Example 2 I told them to leave. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Is it raining? No. or to be safe. Example 2 I feel terrible. but I'm taking my umbrella just in case. is it? I don't think so. If I were you I'd go home and go to bed. It sounds like they were behaving very badly. or that they can use it now. You'll feel better tomorrow. It can also be advice to someone. I don't blame you. Example 2 It's not going to be expensive. You know the boss gets angry if people leave things on the floor. (It's) all yours” We use this expression to say that something now belongs to someone. “If I were you” We use this expression to give someone some advice Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Can I leave this here? I wouldn't if I were you. Just in case” We use this expression to say that we will do something because it might be necessary. Spoken .

It's all yours. isn't it? Yes.Written Informal Example 1 Have you finished with the computer? Yes. Example 2 Can I borrow that dictionary? Sure. but everything is a sight more expensive now than it used to be! What's wrong with you?” We use this expression when someone has done something wrong or that we don't agree with at all. Spoken Informal Example 1 How much did you pay for your MP3 player? £20? It cost a sight more than that! It was over £150! Example 2 It's nice being back in Madrid again. I didn't save them. either physical or not. What's wrong with you? Chocolate is wonderful! n that case” . It's all yours. A (good) sight more” We use this expression to talk about a large quantity of something. What's wrong with you? I told you a million times to save the documents! Example 2 I don't really like chocolate. Sometimes it is humorous. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm afraid I lost all those documents on the computer.

I had forgotten all about that. in that case I'll have a glass of champagne! Example 2 They don't normally start interviewing people until after lunch.We use this expression to say that something will happen because it is a special or unusual situation. “Good job” We use this expression to say that it is lucky something happened. Example 2 The photocopier has broken down again. Do you agree? . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The shops close early today . Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 They say that new workers work harder. Well. isn't it! “Up to a point” We use this expression to say that we agree with something to a limited extent. Good job we did all the copying last night. or that something is partly true. then. Well in that case I'll go there at about two pm.do you need anything? Good job you told me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What would you like to drink? Mike's buying.

It never crossed my mind” We use this expression to say that we didn't even think of something. “Don't overdo it” We use this expression to warn someone not to do too much of something. Don't overdo it .be careful. In the space of + time expression” . Don't overdo it. Example 2 Weren't you worried about the parachute not opening when you jumped? It never crossed my mind. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'll be up all night. But people with experience know how to do things quicker. yes. I knew it belonged to someone else. Example 2 Do you think the internet has changed the way you work? Up to a point. But I still have to go to face-to-face meetings. I've got exams tomorrow and I haven't finished revising. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Didn't you think about keeping the money when you found it in the changing room? It never crossed my mind. normally. I knew everything would be all right.Up to a point. Make sure you get some sleep! Example 2 What are your plans for the holidays? I think I'm going to go to the gym every day to lose a bit of weight.

Example 2 The street's completely different now. . “A load of rubbish” We use this expression to say we think something is not true. A waste of time” We use this expression to say that something is not worth doing. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Did you like the film? No.We use this expression to say that something happened in a certain period of time. It's incredible. That's all. Example 2 People say that it always rains in England. That won't change anything. or is useless. It was a load of rubbish. Yes. I'm going to complain to the manager. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The service here is terrible. It's a waste of time. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 They've done a lot of work on the flat. It rains about 10% of the time. haven't they? Yes. In the space of a year three new shops and a supermarket have opened. they've completely changed it in the space of two months. That's a load of rubbish.

Example 2 I think we should have a green policy and recycle the paper etc It's a waste of time telling me. “Which is why . Example 2 You did a really good job organising the conference.. Talk to the office manager There's nothing to it” We use this expression to say that something is easy. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 It's so hot today! Which is why I'm staying indoors in the shade. which is why I think we should go on Thursday evening. I just had a very good team helping me. It's too hot for me.” We use this expression to give a reason for something.. Example 2 What time are we leaving? The traffic's bad on Fridays. There's nothing to it. . You just follow the instructions here. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 How did you manage to get your laptop networked like that? There's nothing to it. or not looking forward to it at all. No. It must have taken you ages. I'm dreading it” We use this expression to say that we are very worried about something.

Altogether” We use this expression to give a total number. seriously. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 My mum won the lottery last night! You're joking! No . I'm dreading it.Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why won't you be here tomorrow morning? I've got to go to the dentist. That's nice. She won over five million! Example 2 I've decided to sell the flat and go and work in Africa. His dad is so old-fashioned! You're joking!” We use this expression to say that we find it hard to belive something. It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 How many people went on the trip to Wales? . she did.honestly. I'm dreading it . No.I have to have 5 fillings. Poor you! Example 2 My boyfriend's parents are visiting us this weekend. You're joking! No.

Spoken Written Informal . For all I care” We use this expression to say that we don't care about something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Sheila? Have you seen her? She could be on the moon for all I care! Example 2 What shall we do with the new books? Burn them for all I care.There were about 20 of us altogether. They're nothing to do with me. Take care!” We use this expression to say goodbye to someone. I thought there would be more. Apparently” We use this expression to report something that we have heard. Example 2 Did you hear about Sergei and Susana? No? What? Apparently they are getting married. I thought it would be worse. Example 2 Was it an expensive weekend? I spent about £100 altogether. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Martin? Apparently he's gone back to Germany.

I picked it up when I was working in Paris last year. . then. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What's your take on the new development in the city centre? I think it's going to be good for the city. “My take on it” We use this expression to give our opinion or viewpoint on a subject. Take care. or that something was not particularly good/bad/interesting etc. You too. my take on it is that the players haven't played together long enough yet. Example 2 Why do you think the team is doing so badly? Well. Really? I couldn't live without it. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Your French is really good. The new buildings look good. Take care. Not especially/particularly” We use this expression to say that we are not very positive about something. Did you like it at school? Not especially. too. Example 2 Do you like chocolate? Not particularly.Example 1 See you next week! Right. Example 2 I'm off.

” We use this expression to say what we wish would happen. . but ideally I'd have my own company and be my own boss. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How long have you lived here? Ten years.. Nobody told me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We're closing early tomorrow. so I'll be working here instead. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The tv's not working. Look. No wonder . Example 2 My office is being painted next week. but we can't afford it. . That's news to me.the plug isn't in. That's news to me. The boss just told us.“That's news to me” We use this expression to say that we didn't know something. Really? “No wonder” We use this expression to say something is not surprising. Example 2 Do you like your job? Yes. Are you sure? Yes. Ideally we'd live in London. “Ideally..

No wonder you're tired. Let's see if we can get tickets for the match. Do you like chicken? You won't regret it” We use this expression to say that someone will benefit from trusting us or our opinions. You're on. if you fix us something to eat. It is common after asking for a favour. Spoken Written Informal . I tell you what” We use this expression to make a suggestion. What do you want me to do? Example 2 I tell you what. I'll buy you dinner. Spoken Informal Example 1 If you help me with this. I'll pay for the cinema tickets. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You're not busy tomorrow are you? No. Example 2 This is going to take me ages. if you help. What do you want me to do? You're on” We use this expression to say we agree to a condition someone has created. I tell you what. OK.Example 2 I've been up all night. Good idea. Why? I tell you what. I'll let you borrow that DVD you wanted. You're on.

Example 2 Apples.Example 1 So. Example 2 I could never work in a factory. Right.. I can make a couple of cakes. It's very dull. Spoken Informal Example 1 So. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How are you getting on with your job? Not so good. day out” We use this expression to talk about something that is repetitive and probably negative or boring.” We use this expression to suggest a different time. A kilo. then. I do the same things day in. It might seem risky. Make it . then. please. I'm good with people. you would like me to offer you a job here? Yes. sir.. You won't regret it. day out. day out. I couldn't do a job where everything's the same day in. No. make it two kilos. It's a must” . I'll see you at seven. Nor me. Example 2 Why should I invest in this? It seems quite risky. You won't regret it. That'll be better for me. Day in. I promise you. but it isn't really. Make it half-past. quantity or other item to what was suggested before.

very special. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Have you seen the Clifton Suspension Bridge yet? No.what do you think? It's a must. Really? It's a must.We use this expression to recommend something very highly. Example 2 I'm wondering about visiting Scotland . Why don't I buy you lunch as a treat? Thanks. Example 2 I like your shoes. It's normally positive . You'll love it. I bought them as a treat yesterday. especially tourist sights or activities. As a treat” We use this expression to say that someone does something special it's common for birthdays and similar occasions. Congratulations. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 It's my birthday today. not yet.but not always. “the (noun) of a lifetime” We use this expression to say that something was very. It's really impressive. Spoken Formal Written Informal . Are they new? Yes.

I know. It's the opportunity of a lifetime. Down the drain” We use this expression to say that someone has wasted something normally time. Example 2 They've offered me that job in New York. It makes you sick. Example 2 We all worked so hard preparing for the conference.and now they have cancelled the wedding! I know. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Her parents are so rich they can buy her anything she wants.Example 1 We've booked a cruise around the Caribbean. Example 2 We did tons of work preparing for the conference. That's £200 down the drain. What should I do? You've got to take it. dislike or which annoys you. Now it's off. What a waste of time and effort. “It makes me / you sick” We use this expression to talk about something you disagree with. doesn't it? I have to work like a slave just to pay the bills. money or effort. Spoken Informal Example 1 You bought a new outfit specially . We're really looking forward to it. It makes me sick. Wow! That's going to be the holiday of a lifetime! I know. Deep down” . now we can't go? Yes. That's a week's work down the drain.

“Or so” We use this expression to indicate an approximate number. Thanks. It's on the small side. But deep down I knew that he wasn't the right person for me. Do you have a larger one? . It is an intensifying structure.We use this expression to say that deep inside ourselves we know or feel something that perhaps we have not admitted to ourselves or others. I think. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How long do you need to finish what you're doing? Not long. but deep down I think he knows it was right to say 'no' to their terms. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm sorry you and Patrick have split up. Yes. “On the (adjective) side” We use this expression to say that something is too (cheap/expensive) etc. I think. madam? No. Example 2 How much does a taxi to the station cost? Ten pounds or so. You were together for years. An hour or so. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Do you like the blouse. Example 2 He was really angry that we didn't get the contract.

It's a bit on the expensive side for me at the moment.Example 2 You're not going to buy the car. No need” We use this expression to say that something is not necessary.on the internet you can the same stuff for 75% cheaper anyway. Example 2 I'm so sorry that I forgot about the meeting. That's life” We use this expression as a comment after something happened often something a little negative. Example 2 They're offering three for the price of two in the supermarket now. No need to apologise . Spoken Informal Example 1 Do you want a lift to the centre? No need. “Big deal” We use this expression to say that we are not impressed or surprised by something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I've been working for ten hours without stopping! Big deal! My brother who's a doctor sometimes works 48 hours without a break. My brother's coming to pick me up in a minute. It's a little philosophical.it wasn't important anyway. then? I don't think so. Spoken Written Informal . thanks. Big deal .

Example 1 I worked hard.why don't we ask Jim to help? He's free at the moment. found a good job . or how to get it all back home.then the company went bust! That's life! Example 2 Everyone got a free magazine except me . You'll be lucky.they ran out when I was in the queue. He never lets anyone go home one minute before 5 o'clock. Example 2 I don't know when I'm going to have time to go shopping. got the qualifications. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'd like to leave early on Friday. It's ironic.will that be enough for the restaurant? You'll be lucky! Most of the main dishes cost at least thirty quid! Just a thought” We use this expression to say we have just had an idea that might be useful. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I've got so much work to do! Just a thought . Why don't you go online and get it all delivered? . Just a thought. That always happens to me You'll be lucky” We use this expression to say that we think something is not likely to happen. That's life. Example 2 I've got £15 .

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Will everything be ready for Friday? I think so. But I've got a cold. or will take 24 hours and more to do. But I need it again in about an hour.“If you must” We use this expression to say that someone can do something. We're working around the clock. Why don't we leave before lunch? . Around the clock” We use this expression to say that something has been going on all day. It's common when you're talking about being busy at work. Can I borrow yours? If you must. so just for 10 minutes. I need to work round the clock to finish all this! I'm the one who” We use this expression to specify that I am the person who is special in some way.it's stuffy in here. If you must. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We're going to London tomorrow. OK? Example 2 Do you mind if I open the window . You're right. but we perhaps prefer them not to do it. Spoken Informal Example 1 I've left my dictionary at home. Example 2 You look busy.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Everyone wants to go to the new bar on Park Street. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm not saying that Jon is lazy. I'm the one who should have a reward. What about you? I'm happy with that. because I'm the one who found the bag “Go with the flow” We use this expression to say that we are happy to follow the group.Well.shall we go to that new Italian place? I'll go with the flow .. I just think we could spend the money on something else. I'm not saying it's expensive... it's just that I never see him working.” We use this expression to soften a negative point that we are introducing. Example 2 Some people don't like Chinese food .. I'll go with the flow. . I see. Example 2 I think we need a new computer like the one in the catalogue we saw. to avoid trouble and not make any problems. Example 2 If we take this bag to the police. so I'd prefer to go later when there's less traffic. I'm the one who's driving. I think he does a lot of work out of the office. perhaps they'll give us a reward.whatever you like “I'm not saying .

Have you checked in the office? Example 2 Is Los Angeles more or less than ten hours ahead of us? I don't know offhand. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Vincent? I don't know offhand. I don't know offhand” We use this expression to say we don't know something and need to check to find out. though. I'm easy” We use this expression to say that we don't mind something. It means we are easy to please. tea or coffee? . Spoken Informal Example 1 Where's Jana? How should I know? She's your girlfriend! Example 2 Is Alec coming back soon? How should I know? I don't work in his department. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Which would you rather. I think it's written on the map in the front of my diary. It's often quite negative.How should I know?” We use this expression to say that we simply don't know something.

That's a first” We use this expression to say that something has never happened before . there's a way. See for yourself” We use this expression to tell someone to look at something so they will believe us.. Where there's a will .and we are surprised.. Example 2 Hamid was here early today.He's normally at least 30 minutes late! Where there's a will .” We use this expression to say that something is possible if you really want to do it. where there's a will . Example 2 Shall we leave in the morning or in the afternoon? Which do you prefer? I'm easy. It's short for: where there's a will. .he doesn't normally like going out. will you? Yes. That's a first . Example 2 I don't think you'll be able to get a place at university this year. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Jim invited me for a drink on Saturday.. That's a first .Either.. You decide. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Do you think we can learn to skateboard in just one day? Sure. I'm easy.

Example 2 I expect you'll ask them about their experience and why they want to work here. . something along those lines. something along those lines.Spoken Informal Example 1 Bill's got a new car. isn't it. Look in the car park. Really? I want to see for myself. Example 2 The police have come and arrested the boss of the shop next door. This is interesting! Something along those lines” We use this expression to say that the other person's idea is basically right. It's a Rolls Royce! Never! Come and see for yourself. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 This car is useless! It just won't go. From the word go” We use this expression to say something was true from the very beginning. right? Yes. That's what normally happens in interviews. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Did he try to make you buy it by reducing the price and offering you some free extras? Yes.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Oh no! We've missed the train. It's commonly used to reassure someone when something has gone wrong. Example 2 You don't like Harry much. no. There's another one in an hour. do you? To be honest. I didn't trust the salesman at all. Thanks. Don't worry . then go for it.it's not the end of the world. You can give her a card tomorrow. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 There's only one piece of cake left . Example 2 Damn! I forgot it was Selena's birthday today.can I have it? Go for it.I knew it was going to be trouble from the word go. Example 2 Do you think I should sign up for the course? It's quite expensive. You'll enjoy it. I don't know why ? “It's not the end of the world” We use this expression to say that something is not too serious or negative. I had a bad feeling about him from the word go. It's not the end of the world. . Don't worry. If you're sure you'd like it. “Go for it” We use this expression to encourage someone to do something they want.

that it is definitely true. having your first child at 14 and then five more! I couldn't do that. “Not likely!” We use this expression to say that we don't want or wouldn't like to do something. too. negative. but there's no getting around the fact that she can be very rude.. Sure. but not always.. Example 2 She's good at her job.“There's no getting around the fact that . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Would you like to go on a safari and sleep in the open where there might be lions? Not lilkely! It sounds too risky and I prefer the comfort of a hotel. Yes. Not likely! At this rate” We use this expression to say that something will or won't happen if the present situation continues. Example 2 Imagine getting married at 13. It is often. you must admit. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I love London. but there's no getting around the fact that it's expensive here.” We use this expression to say that something cannot be refused or denied. Spoken Informal Example 1 .

You've got one. Yes. You've got a great job and can take as many holidays as you like. but we wish it were true. haven't you? I wish! I drive an old VW! It remains to be seen” We use this expression to say we don't know something yet. It remains to be seen if that will make their lives easier and happier. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 So you invested in that new software.The traffic's terrible! We haven't moved for 20 minutes. Example 2 I heard that Janet and Bob are now living up in the mountains. but whether it will make a big difference to our work remains to be seen. Spoken Informal Example 1 You're all right. I wish! I only get ten days in August most years. Yes. Often it expresses doubt. It's a great car .the new Maserati. “I wish” We use this expression to say that something is not true. then? Yes. . Example 2 Look at this picture. We'll have everything finished by lunchtime at this rate. however. At this rate we won't get to Birmingham until after midnight! Example 2 It looks like you're making good progress with the paperwork. Is that right? Yes.

That's good. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I don't like working with him. Me too.. the people are friendly and on top of that it's cheap! That goes against . Yes. I love the fresh air. I could be managing a whole region in a couple of years. the sky's the limit.The sky's the limit” We use this expression to say that anything is possible. you've opened a new shop in Bath. and on top of that he thinks he's always right. Example 2 What do you like about living here in the South West? Well.” We use this expression to say that something is in opposition to our thoughts. . On top of that” We use this expression to add another point to what we have already said. It's common when encouraging someone or talking about your own possibilities. you start as a trainee. then they give you more responsibility. feelings. and there's one in Bristol. We could have another 20 shops by the end of the year.. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 So. He's rude and aggressive. or what has been said or taught. And then? Well. What next? The sky's the limit. maybe even more? Example 2 So. I hate it.

Hello Tom. Why should I? It's not my problem. Spoken Informal Example 1 You look exhausted. Example 2 Hello. Example 2 It's hard work doing the shopping when you've got three kids to control! Yes. That goes against everything the company says about being open and honest! Example 2 I never recycle anything. I know. That goes against everything I believe in. Veronique. It's hard work teaching the beginners. What have you been doing? Teaching? Yes.remember me? Francis! How are you? Long time no see! Yes.the customer won't notice.Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 Just add 20% to the price . Spoken Informal Example 1 Jan . How are you? . Everyone can make a difference! It's hard work + ing” We use this expression to say that something is difficult to do. “Long time no see” We use this expression to say hello to someone that we have not seen for ages. Long time no see. it must be ten years.

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The hotel's expensive. Thanks a bunch” We use this expression ironically when we are not very happy about something. She hasn't had one yet. Often it's not a very serious situation. And you? “A big plus” We use this expression to say that something is a big advantage. Spoken Informal Example 1 .Fine . isn't it. Example 2 Mary! I'm going to push you in the swimming-pool . Example 2 Why did you choose this English course in Bristol? Well. Can I have it? Don't you dare! I'm saving that for Molly. that's a big plus. and there aren't many other schools in the area. Yes. but it's got a great play area for children.come here! Don't you dare! I haven't got time for games like that. It means you can speak more English “Don't you dare” We use this expression to warn someone not to do something. Yes. Spoken Informal Example 1 There's only one chocolate left. it was great value for money. that's a big plus.married with two children now.

There aren't any comfy chairs left so you'll have to sit on the floor. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I called on Monday and he was busy. Example 2 Have you seen my sandwich? Ah! I found one on the table so I threw it away. you've got your notes. Example 2 Camilla . Third time lucky” We use this expression to sound hopeful after two negative or unlucky experiences. Yes? What is it? . Here goes” We use this expression when we are about to start something or take some action .there's something I want to ask to you. Then on Tuesday he was ill.especially if it is difficult or risky. Thanks a bunch. Example 2 I've taken my driving test twice before. Third time lucky. Spoken Informal Example 1 Your suit looks great.you'll do fine in the talk. Third time lucky. I failed both times. Paul. Don't worry . Thanks a bunch! That was my lunch. Here goes. I thought you had finished. I hope so. Thanks.Sorry.

Spoken Informal Example 1 . but she wants to stay here. they're still going strong. That's good. I hope they can work things out. I know. and one with internet access. I think they might go on all night! Work things out” We use this expression to talk about finding a solution to a problem. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The problem is he wants to go back to Germany. Yes. Example 2 Have they finished playing cards yet? No. I need a bigger room. OK. still doing well.will you marry me? Still going strong” We use this expression to say that someone or something is still very healthy. sir. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 How's your grandfather nowadays? He's 95 but still going strong. I am sure we can work things out for you. Example 2 I'm afraid I'm not happy. “Here to stay” We use this expression to say that something is now part of everyday life and will not go away.Here goes .

Example 2 What do you think about mobile phones? Should I get one? That depends on you. so we got one a few years back. working with weights. however. Absolutely! In our company it's a must Business as usual” . Spoken Informal Example 1 I love it here. as they say! I suppose so. no gain. don't you think? Absolutely. Sweating. Example 2 Being able to speak English is a big advantage in business nowadays. Absolutely” We use this expression to say we completely agree with something. I've got some ideas. It's wonderful. as they say. No pain. Example 2 I don't see how you will be able to travel around the world with just £250! Where there's a will there's a way.Why did you decide to get a website for the company? Well. “As they say” We use this expression when we have used a proverb or saying or popular quotation to indicate that what we said is not just our opinion. we knew that the internet was here to stay. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I don't know how you find going to gym enjoyable. I think they're here to stay. Bath is such a beautiful city.

Spoken Informal Example 1 Is the school closed while they are painting it? No. so for someone like me it's just too expensive. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 My cousin started his own company and was a millionaire by the age of 20. Example 2 Is tomorrow a holiday here? No.We use this expression to say that everything is normal even though you might expect things to be different. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You don't like travelling by coach? No. That's quite something. Do you know it? Yes. it's business as usual. so for someone like me coaches are very uncomfy. isn't it? I love the colours and the flowers. Example 2 They say that that's a brilliant restaurant. For someone like me” We use this expression when we are using ourselves as an example. . isn't it? Example 2 What do you think of this Van Gogh painting? Do you like it? It's quite something. I'm 195 cm tall. but I'm a student. That's quite something” We use this expression to show we are impressed by something special we have seen or heard. it's business as usual.

blah. Yes. It's. blah. you won't get to college or find a good job. Bang up-to-date” We use this expression to say something is completely modern or informed about everything.. blah. Spoken Written Informal . OK. It's. Firstly the plan for the weekend. “It's gone” We use this expression to say we have just forgotten what we were going to say. Workers are allowed.. Spoken Informal Example 1 If you don't do your homework. blah here we are 'Holidays'. No. Example 2 What does it say about holidays in the contract? OK. I've heard it all before. Spoken Informal Example 1 I wanted to talk to you about a couple of things. Rights and duties. It can also show we are bored with what is said. Sorry.sorry! It's gone. Example 2 Do you know what the capital of Mongolia is? Yes. and the other thing? Ah .. blah.Blah Blah Blah” We use this expression to mean 'et cetera' or to hurry over a piece of text or conversation that is not interesting. it's gone. yes I do. blah.

I haven't worked. everything might go wrong. In my job it's important to be bang up-to-date with what's happening. Yes. It's often a reply to a moment of panic. It's all going wrong! Get a grip! The exams are next month. so you've got plenty of time to revise. “(He / She / It ) 's the business” . I didn't mean to spill it. Now. Get a grip! Example 2 I've got exams. It could be terrible! It's only a game. Don't worry. Whoops! Sorry. Spoken Informal Example 1 I'm so worried. I don't feel well. All the equipment is bang up-to-date. “Whoops!” We use this expression when we make a mistake . Spoken Informal Example 1 Here's your coffee. Get a grip” We use this expression to tell someone to stop worrying about something and control themselves..often something physical like breaking something. Example 2 I check the news on the internet about four or five times a day. I can clean my blouse easily. Whoops! I nearly slipped. Everything looked very new. Example 2 Careful. Me too. there's ice on the path.Example 1 I'm impressed by the office.

” We use this expression to introduce something we are not happy with. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Can you help me check the stock tonight. Why should I? Because I said so. isn't he? Yes. It won't take long. he's the business. Is that OK? . Example 2 Go to bed now. very good. a minor criticism etc. Parents often use it.. careful . It's just that .. Why? Because I said so. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I don't want to go to dance lessons. The best DJ I've heard in a long time. Because I said so” We use this expression when someone is questioning why they should do something we want them to do. That's why.We use this expression to say that someone or something is very. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Is this chilli sauce good? Is it hot? Yes.it's the business! Example 2 Jack's a pretty good DJ.

Perhaps around ten? Example 2 What do you think we'll be doing next week? I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What time does the film end? Your guess is as good as mine. . They never tell us in advance here. and I don't want to see her Your guess is as good as mine” We use this expression to say that we don't know something.Well. Could you ask someone else this time? Example 2 Don't you want to come to the party with me? It's just that my ex-girlfriend is going to be there. it's just that you always ask me.

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