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Native speakers of English use a variety of phrases in English (useful phrases in English speaking) on a daily basis when conversing with friends, colleagues, or family members. What are the most common phrases in the English language? What are some useful expressions for speaking?

Here is a list of common English phrases with meanings and example sentences that can help enrich your vocabulary and boost your speaking skill.

Common English Phrases With Meanings (Over 60 Phrases)

Here is a list of various English phrases in sentences

Up for

To be up for something means to want to do it.


  • I’m not up for doing anything now. I’m too tired.
  • We’re going to the movies this evening. Are you up for it?

Get in

To arrive (it is usually used in the past tense)


  • What time did you get in last night?
  • We got in very late last night.

Get there‘ is another way to sayto arrive‘  when it refers to the future.


  • I hope you get there on time.
  • We will get there by noon.

 To be looking forward to + verb + ing / To be looking forward to something

These English phrases indicate that the speaker is thinking with pleasure about something that is going to happen (because you expect to enjoy it).


  • I‘m looking forward to the weekend.
  • I‘m looking forward to meeting you at Nancy’s party.

Another way to express the same thing is to use ‘can’t wait’.


  • I can’t wait to meet you at Nancy’s party.
  • I can’t wait to go to university.

 To be like 

‘Like’ is used to ask for a description of a person,  place or thing.


  • What’s your new teacher like?  ⇒ He’s really nice.
  • What’s your new house like? ⇒ It’s very big, with four bedrooms,  two bathrooms, and a big modern kitchen.

 For ages

For a very long time.


  • How’s Jim. I haven’t seen him for ages. ⇒  Yes, it’s been a long time. He’s really fine.
  • I waited for ages.

The thing is 

“The thing is” introduces an explanation for a situation.


  • You look very tired this morning, Adam! ⇒ The thing is, I didn’t sleep well last night.
  • How does that assistant keep her job? She never does anything. ⇒ The thing is, she is a friend of the boss’ sister.

Keep in touch

to continue to contact each other.


  • OK, bye. Keep in touch!
  • They have kept in touch for more than 20 years.

Give someone a ride

To offer to take someone somewhere in your car or other vehicles.


  • I’ve missed the bus. Could you give me a ride?
  • It’s too late to walk home. I’ll give you a ride.⇒ Thanks a lot.

Have a nice day

An expression used to wish someone a good day, especially at the end of a conversation.

Example: OK, goodbye! Have a nice day.  ⇒  Thanks, you too.

Many happy returns

used to wish somebody a happy and pleasant birthday.

Example: On the occasion of your birthday, I wish you many happy returns of the day.

Peace and quiet

The phrase ‘peace and quiet’ is used speak about a calm, quiet situation.

Example: Our hotel is perfect for people who love peace and quiet.

As soon as possible ( ASAP)

ASAP means as quickly as possible

Example: Please, please send me the reports as soon as possible.

Get on with somebody

Get on with someone means like someone or have a good relationship with someone.

Example: I don’t really get on/along with my brother’s wife. She is always interfering in my family issues.

All the time

All the time means very often.

Example: I use social networking websites all the time.

Hardly ever

almost never

Example: I have a scanner at home but I hardly ever use it.

Make somebody’s day

Make someone’s day means to make somebody feel very happy on a particular day.

Example: The phone call from her made my day.

To be in the soup

To be in means to be in an unpleasant or difficult situation

Example: we are all in the soup now. We’ve got to find a way.

 Take your time

not be in a hurry, do things slowly.

Example: She always takes her time when eating her meals.

Drop someone off

Drop someone off means let someone get out of a car

Example: Just drop me off at the bus station if that’s okay with you.

Do up the seat belt

to fasten the seat belt so it is fixed around your body.

Example: Even though you are sitting in the back, you still have to do up your seat belt.

These phrases are among the best English phrases that you can use to converse with others.

English phrases UK

What are common British phrases?

Useful English phrases in Sentences

Here are some common English phrases in sentences you can use in conversations

How to check understanding (English phrases)

The English phrases in sentences below can be used to check if others understand what you want to say: 

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English phrases in sentences
  • Do you understand what I mean?
  • Do you know what I’m saying?
  • Do you understand what I’m saying?
  • Can you see what I’m trying to get at?
  • Are you following me?
  • Have I made that clear?
  • Got it?
  • Any questions?

Saying goodbye

Here are some common English phrases and expressions that you can use to say goodbye:

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English Phrases in sentences
  • Bye for now!
  • Catch up with you later!
  • Talk to you later! 
  • See you!
  • See you later!
  • See you soon
  • See you next time
  • I hope to see you soon
  • It was nice meeting you
  • It was really great to see you
  • Take care!
  • All the best, bye
  • I’ve got to go now
  • Stay in touch

Different ways to say ‘I have no money’

Common English phrases

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English Phrases in Sentences
  • I’m dead broke.
  • I’m flat broke.
  • I’m broke.
  • I don’t have a penny to my name.
  • I have lost everything.
  • My pockets are empty.
  • All I have is my good name.
  • I’m bankrupt.
  • I don’t have a red cent.
  • I’m busted (slang).

Different ways to say ‘I’m busy’

Common English phrases

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  • I’ve got a lot to do.
  • I’m swamped.
  • Keeping busy.
  • Keeping myself busy.
  • There aren’t enough hours in the day.
  • I’m snowed under.
  • My plate is full.
  • I have a lot on my plate.
  • I don’t have time to think.
  • I don’t have time to breathe.
  • I’m up to my ears.
  • Not a moment to spare.
  • Buried with work.
  • My agenda is full.
  • I’m tied up.

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