“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

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

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

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

Spoken Informal Example 1 She looks different. I can't put my finger on it. real or unlikely. doesn't she? Yes. It is like asking 'what if?' or 'imagine' Spoken Informal Example 1 Suppose you had a million dollars . “Drop it” We use this expression to tell someone to stop talking about something that is annoying us. Spoken Informal Example 1 . Example 2 Did you find your keys? Yes. I just feel we can't trust him. I can't put my finger on it. Example 2 You took Jack's last sandwich? Suppose he finds out? He won't.what would you do? I think I'd buy a house in the Bahamas. Has she changed her hair? Example 2 Why don't you like Sam? I don't know.but it rained the whole time we were there. “Suppose” We use this expression to introduce a question about a possibility. I'm not going to tell him.It was OK . 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. Yes.” We use this expression to ask if something is possible. 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. Spoken .. Example 2 Right. I'm not going to show it to you again. are you ready to go now? You're not going to like this..we've got friends to dinner. goodbye.. Spoken Informal Example 1 Where's Xavier? You're not going to like this. “Don't be a stranger” We use this expression to invite someone to stay in contact with us when they are leaving. You too. You're not going to like this.I'll send you an email. Nice working with you. No .” We use this expression to introduce a negative idea that we think could cause a problem. Don't be a stranger. Don't be a stranger .come and see us when you can.Mummy. Spoken Informal Example 1 Well. Now drop it! Example 2 Show me the photo! Show me the photo! Just drop it. Example 2 Goodbye then. please can we go to the cinema tonight? I've told you three times. Sure . especially if we want a favour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sit down.I'm busy. forget it.£300.Example 1 Are you busy? Can I ask you a question? Make it quick . the kitchen is right there. Example 2 Nice flat! Thanks. Example 2 You said you wanted to buy my bike. Make yourself at home. Have your organised a party? Shh! I don't want him to hear. Ok . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I saw Elodie last night. Really. Example 2 It's you know who's birthday tomorrow. Make yourself at home. They're always together nowadays. Spoken Formal Informal Example 1 Can I have a glass of water? Sure. He's going to be three. £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. “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. Ok. . Was she alone? Or with someone? She was with you know who.

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

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

“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. 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. 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. I need help. 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. Example 2 Being a mother of two young children is really difficult. I can't do it all on my own.I just need to go to the loo. Spoken Informal Example 1 Can I talk to you about something? Hang on a mo .I'm just finishing something. Example 2 Are you ready to go? hang on a sec . and there's only so many hours in a day! . Example 2 They've finished the new supermarket in the city centre. It's like two full-time jobs! Yes.

“Same here” We use this expression to say we agree with someone about something. Same here. Be careful.perhaps soon. one of these days someone's going to hit her. no.“One of these days” We use this expression to say that something negative will happen sometime . One of these days you're going to have a problem. Spoken Informal Example 1 She's so aggressive! Yes. It was too hot. 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. 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 . Spoken Informal Example 1 I thought the film was brilliant. Example 2 Is Marie going to help us this afternoon? In a word. In a word. and the music was great too. Example 2 I always park here and I never pay. no.

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

As long as the work is finished by lunchtime.Example 1 Do you want to come and have lunch tomorrow? 12. 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. . Example 2 Do you think we'll win the match on Saturday? Some hope! Our team is playing rubbish at the moment. It's up to you” We use this expression to say that the other person can decide something. Example 2 Do you want me to finish late tonight or start early tomorrow? It's up to you. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where shall we go on Friday? It's up to you. I don't mind.it's a date! See you tomorrow. “Some hope” We use this expression to say we think something is pretty impossible.30 at my house? Great . Example 2 Why don't we go and see the new Harry Potter film on Saturday afternoon? It's a date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was great. I shouldn't think so” .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. I think. It could be worse . I love Spanish food. Yummy. Example 2 How was your holiday? We had a whale of a time in Los Angeles. It could be worse . I love that city! Yummy” We use this expression to say something is delicious.Example 1 My friend fell over and sprained her ankle last night.I know someone who actually broke her leg falling down those stairs. 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. Yummy. we had a whale of a time. Those stairs are dangerous. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Susana and Ana are making traditional paella for the food party in school. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Did you enjoy the party? Yes.

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

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

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

There. Let's go. Example 2 Come on. I'm waiting! Hang on. but it's just not possible.We use this expression to say that something has been arranged or finished or a problem has been solved. Here we go again. Every year she tries to take longer holidays. Here we go again. sorted. and then you don't even try to get a job. I'm just finishing. Example 2 I worked very hard so you could go to university.and we find it negative or boring. I did it yesterday. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you got the hotel rooms booked for next week? 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. 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 . Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 . Spoken Informal Example 1 Janet has asked to talk to you about extra holidays.

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

don't you? In a way. And it wasn't very realistic either. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I prefer living in the country to living in a city. but in a way it's good. 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! . In a way” We use this expression to introduce a contrasting idea or viewpoint. Well. It is pretty cold. the weather is part of the problem. Yes. It's also quite expensive. Example 2 It's a pity Jan and Mike can't come to the dinner party tonight. Yes. But it's always nice to have theatres. shops etc to go to. 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. or to agree to a limited extent. too. that's part of the problem. Example 2 The film wasn't a success because the acting was terrible.Formal Written Informal Example 1 Why don't more tourists visit Scotland in the winter? It's so beautiful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've checked. 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. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Some British restaurants are first class these days. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Are you sure the film starts at 7. I don't know where he is.” We use this expression to say we don't want to do something. or that we don't like something.Do you think Joe will be here early today? As if ! He's never early. I was surprised how good it can be sometimes. I'd go along with that. He isn't there.30? Yes. Example 2 Isn't Pete in the office upstairs? No. but it gets easier. Example 2 Russian is a difficult language to learn at first. Spoken Written Informal . I've checked. and there was a party last night. too ! I'd go along with that” We use this expression to say that we agree with something someone has said. Life's too short.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't think the radiator is working. You're so selfish! That's a bit much . On the trot” .. Spoken Informal Example 1 Is it me or is it cold in here? It's freezing.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 . Example 2 Is it me or is it dark in here? It's you. He's a complete idiot.Informal Example 1 Are you staying late tonight? Not if I can help it.?” We use this expression to ask if other people have the same impression as us. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 You never help me. I don't think it's that dark.. Example 2 Is it true that Jim is going to be made head of department next year? 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. I want to go home and relax.

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

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.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. Bill. then? Yes. I'm up to my eyes with letters of application for the job. I'm up to my eyes (in/with/at)” We use this expression to say we are very. or that there is a huge quantity of something. Spoken Informal Example 1 I was gobsmacked when they told me how much the house cost. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 The advert was really successful. Yes . Nice one! Thanks. “Nice one!” We use this expression to show we approve of something.I was gobsmacked” We use this expression to say that we were completely surprised by someone or something. very busy with something. Example 2 Do you want to play squash tonight? .

Spoken Informal Example 1 He's the rudest person I've ever met! I wouldn't go that far. 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. I'm up to my eyes at work. you're often late. 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. “What I'm trying to say is” We use this expression to point out our actual meaning. Example 2 I can never find anything I need in the store room! Yes. Some songs are nice.I can't. She's had another argument with her boyfriend. Spoken Informal Example 1 Your work is not good. . Normally he's fine. and you don't seem to care. Example 2 Don't you think they are the best band in the world? Well. I wouldn't go that far. it's the same old story. It's just that today he was in a bad mood. Normally this is a negative situation. but they are a bit dull for me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Why is Barbara crying? It's the same old story.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'll say you're in a meeting. It's beyond me. Example 2 I don't know why they don't practise their English. It's beyond me. 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.Fast food is full of rubbish. please? Sure. You bet!” . Can you stop all my calls. It strikes me you would be happier working for a smaller company. I know. It strikes me” We use this expression to introduce our impression or opinion of something. Example 2 Do you like Jeremy? Yes. 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. There's an exam next week. Why do people eat it? I don't know. too. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Mum. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I don't really like working in large groups where you don't know everyone. It is often a warning.

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

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

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'm afraid I lost all those documents on the computer. Example 2 Can I borrow that dictionary? Sure. What's wrong with you? Chocolate is wonderful! n that case” . isn't it? Yes. It's all yours. 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.Written Informal Example 1 Have you finished with the computer? Yes. 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. Sometimes it is humorous. I didn't save them. either physical or not. What's wrong with you? I told you a million times to save the documents! Example 2 I don't really like chocolate. It's all yours. A (good) sight more” We use this expression to talk about a large quantity of something.

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

Up to a point.be careful. But I still have to go to face-to-face meetings. In the space of + time expression” . yes. I knew it belonged to someone else. normally. I've got exams tomorrow and I haven't finished revising. Example 2 Weren't you worried about the parachute not opening when you jumped? It never crossed my mind. 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. I knew everything would be all right. Don't overdo it . 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. It never crossed my mind” We use this expression to say that we didn't even think of something. But people with experience know how to do things quicker. “Don't overdo it” We use this expression to warn someone not to do too much of something. Don't overdo it. Example 2 Do you think the internet has changed the way you work? Up to a point. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'll be up all night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

on the internet you can the same stuff for 75% cheaper anyway. It's a little philosophical. 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. Spoken Informal Example 1 Do you want a lift to the centre? No need.it wasn't important anyway. Big deal . Example 2 They're offering three for the price of two in the supermarket now. No need” We use this expression to say that something is not necessary. Spoken Written Informal . That's life” We use this expression as a comment after something happened often something a little negative. then? I don't think so. thanks. It's a bit on the expensive side for me at the moment. “Big deal” We use this expression to say that we are not impressed or surprised by something. My brother's coming to pick me up in a minute. Example 2 I'm so sorry that I forgot about the meeting. No need to apologise .Example 2 You're not going to buy the car.

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

so just for 10 minutes. Example 2 You look busy. If you must. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Will everything be ready for Friday? I think so. Why don't we leave before lunch? . but we perhaps prefer them not to do it. or will take 24 hours and more to do.“If you must” We use this expression to say that someone can do something.it's stuffy in here. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 We're going to London tomorrow. But I've got a cold. 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. But I need it again in about an hour. We're working around the clock. Spoken Informal Example 1 I've left my dictionary at home. OK? Example 2 Do you mind if I open the window . You're right. Can I borrow yours? If you must. 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.

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

tea or coffee? . It's often quite negative.How should I know?” We use this expression to say that we simply don't know something. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Vincent? I don't know offhand. 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. though. I think it's written on the map in the front of my diary. I don't know offhand” We use this expression to say we don't know something and need to check to find out. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Which would you rather. 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. It means we are easy to please. I'm easy” We use this expression to say that we don't mind something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Perhaps around ten? Example 2 What do you think we'll be doing next week? I don't know. They never tell us in advance here. Your guess is as good as mine. it's just that you always ask me. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 What time does the film end? Your guess is as good as mine.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. .

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