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