“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

even if it is unusual. She wears a lot of things like that.I know what. or to encourage someone else to do something. Example 2 Have you ever played underwater hockey? No. but I'd be happy to give it a go. “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. “Fire away” We use this expression to invite someone to ask us a question. fire away. Give it a go . It sounds like fun. Why don't we go to the circus that's just arrived in town? It could be fun. Yes. . Is that OK? Sure. To get a lot out of it” We use this expression to say that someone will benefit from a certain experience. Example 2 I'd like to know about your plans for the future.I'll get her some bracelets.you might like it. Spoken Informal Example 1 Can I ask you a couple of questions about your company? Fire away! Ask anything you like. she'll love that. Example 2 What can I get Renee for her birthday? I know what .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Example 2 Are you ready to go? hang on a sec .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 . It's like two full-time jobs! Yes. 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. “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. and there's only so many hours in a day! . Example 2 Being a mother of two young children is really difficult.I'm just finishing something. Spoken Informal Example 1 You've got to arrange everything for the conference next week by tomorrow! There are only so many hours in a day.I just need to go to the loo. I can't do it all on my own. I need help. It's about time! I asked you for that ages ago! Sorry. Example 2 They've finished the new supermarket in the city centre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

you learn so much more here than by studying from books. so that's value for money! Example 2 I've got four exams tomorrow! Ok. Yes. but look on the bright side . Spoken Written Informal . Example 2 He's still in shock about the divorce. apparently she just told him she was leaving him out of the blue “Look on the bright side” We use this expression to encourage someone to think positively about a situation they believe is negative. but look on the bright side .We use this expression to say something happened as a complete surprise. she just telephoned out of the blue. Yes. 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 Did you know Erica was coming to visit us? No. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 It's so expensive living in New York. It was a complete surprise.once you've finished.

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

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

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

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

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

Spoken Informal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Anyone'll tell you”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Example 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That rings a bell”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I expect you'll settle in soon enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pity. I was looking forward to playing there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poor you! Example 2 My boyfriend's parents are visiting us this weekend.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. I'm dreading it. You're joking! No. His dad is so old-fashioned! You're joking!” We use this expression to say that we find it hard to belive something. Altogether” We use this expression to give a total number. she did.I have to have 5 fillings. No. Spoken Formal Written Informal Example 1 How many people went on the trip to Wales? . Spoken Written Informal Example 1 My mum won the lottery last night! You're joking! No . She won over five million! Example 2 I've decided to sell the flat and go and work in Africa. I'm dreading it .honestly. seriously. That's nice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Where's Vincent? I don't know offhand. Spoken Written Informal Example 1 Which would you rather. It means we are easy to please. though.How should I know?” We use this expression to say that we simply don't know something. I don't know offhand” We use this expression to say we don't know something and need to check to find out. Spoken Informal Example 1 Where's Jana? How should I know? She's your girlfriend! Example 2 Is Alec coming back soon? How should I know? I don't work in his department. I 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. It's often quite negative. tea or coffee? . I'm easy” We use this expression to say that we don't mind something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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