“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Example 2 He's not a very confident person. .“But then again” We use this expression to introduce an argument or point that contradicts what has been said before. I wouldn't be in a situation like that. is he? No. I don't think. but then again. Sure. Me too. Example 2 I always try something different when I eat out.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. but then again. rock and stuff like that. nine times out of ten we just stay at home and relax. My mum doesn't . 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. Spoken Informal Example 1 What kind of music do you like? Jazz.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and the music was great too. Spoken Informal Example 1 I thought the film was brilliant.perhaps soon. 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. She gave me a long explanation about why she can't be with us this time. “Same here” We use this expression to say we agree with someone about something. no. Same here. the vegetables were overcooked and the sauce was terrible. In a word. Be careful. no. 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. One of these days you're going to have a problem.“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. Example 2 . It was too hot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoken Informal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Anyone'll tell you”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Example 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know. I don't know enough about him. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What can we do with Jill? She's causing such problems! Murder springs to mind. seriously. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 I've lost my filofax! Poor you! I couldn't live without my filofax. it's not easy. it's terrible. Often it is humorous or ironic. No. 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. “Poor you!” We use this expression to say we feel sorry for someone who is in a bad situation. You must be really upset! Yes. I couldn't live without (something)” We use this expression to say that we really need something. we need to find a solution. Really? I couldn't live without mine. I hate them. Example 2 Have you got a mobile phone? No. Spoken .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That rings a bell”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I expect you'll settle in soon enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pity. I was looking forward to playing there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why not? That's what the management have decided. How does that grab you?” We use this expression to ask if someone is interested in something. How does that grab you? Sounds like fun. or to ask their opinion of something. When shall we go? So I see” We use this expression to comment that we have seen or understood something the speaker has mentioned. From now on we can only get cheap tickets on Fridays. That's a pity. Example 2 I want to go to the beach.Written Informal Example 1 They've changed the system. It's pretty messy! Example 2 . 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 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. Spoken Informal Example 1 I'm bored.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Did you like it at school? Not especially. You too. Take care. . Example 2 I'm off. The new buildings look good. Example 2 Do you like chocolate? Not particularly. or that something was not particularly good/bad/interesting etc. Take care. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 What's your take on the new development in the city centre? I think it's going to be good for the city. then. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Your French is really good. “My take on it” We use this expression to give our opinion or viewpoint on a subject. too. Not especially/particularly” We use this expression to say that we are not very positive about something. Example 2 Why do you think the team is doing so badly? Well.Example 1 See you next week! Right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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