Common Phrases in English
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. Here is a group of 20 common phrases in English that you can learn to enrich your vocabulary and boost your speaking skills.
1. 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?
2. 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 say ‘to arrive‘ when it refers to the future.
- I hope you get there on time.
- We will get there by noon.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Keep in touch:
to continue to contact each other.
- OK, bye. Keep in touch!
- They have kept in touch for more than 20 years.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Peace and quiet:
a calm, quiet situation.
Example: Our hotel is perfect for people who love peace and quiet.
12. As soon as possible ( ASAP):
as quickly as possible
Example: Please, please send me the reports as soon as possible.
13: Get on with somebody:
like somebody or have a good relationship with somebody.
Example: I don’t really get on/along with my brother’s wife. She is always interfering in my family issues.
14. All the time:
Example: I use social networking websites all the time.
15. Hardly ever:
Example: I have a scanner at home but I hardly ever use it.
16. Make somebody’s day:
to make somebody feel very happy on a particular day.
Example: The phone call from her made my day.
17. To be in the soup:
To be in an unpleasant or difficult situation
Example: we are all in the soup now. We’ve got to find a way.
18. Take your time:
not be in a hurry, do things slowly.
Example: She always takes her time when eating her meals.
19. Drop someone off:
to let someone get out of a car
Example: Just drop me off at the bus station if that’s okay with you.
20. 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.
How to check understanding (phrases in English)
The English phrases 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 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
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