“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. if needs be. we can always get a few more people. 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. Spoken Informal Example 1 Have you finished your speech for the wedding tomorrow? No. thanks. Life's too short to get angry. You can't eat that! Yeah. but if needs be. I'd break my leg. She loves shoes! Example 2 Why don't you come skiing with us in Scotland this year? It'll be fun. Knowing me. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Joanna? In the shoeshop. No. knowing her. but I'll work on it all night. I like to be positive. 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. “You name it” We use this expression to summarise a list of examples. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Why don't you go online and get it all delivered? . That's life. Example 2 I've got £15 .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. Example 2 I don't know when I'm going to have time to go shopping. It's ironic. or how to get it all back home. Just a thought.they ran out when I was in the queue. got the qualifications. found a good job .then the company went bust! That's life! Example 2 Everyone got a free magazine except me .Example 1 I worked hard. That always happens to me You'll be lucky” We use this expression to say that we think something is not likely to happen. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I've got so much work to do! Just a thought . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I'd like to leave early on Friday. You'll be lucky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Not likely!” We use this expression to say that we don't want or wouldn't like to do something. negative. 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. you must admit. Yes.“There's no getting around the fact that . too. Sure.. that it is definitely true. Example 2 Imagine getting married at 13. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 I love London.” We use this expression to say that something cannot be refused or denied.. but there's no getting around the fact that she can be very rude. 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. Example 2 She's good at her job. Spoken Informal Example 1 . It is often. but not always. but there's no getting around the fact that it's expensive here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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