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It’s time to learn some extra vocabulary!!! Today I brought 7 very common expressions that are frequently used by a native speaker.
Building your vocabulary with expressions, as opposed to individual words, is a great way to improve your English and become more fluent. And why are they so important? Learning common everyday English idioms will help you fit in with most situations whether it’s at a basketball game, over a beer, studying or going out on a hot date. So let’s get it started:
- I Owe You One is a statement that you make when someone has done a favor for you that you want to repay for example:
-OMG I have to call my wife and my battery is dead. Could I borrow your cell phone?
-Absolutely! Here it is.
– Thank you so much. I owe you one!
Or like.. “Thanks for saying so many nice things about me to the boss. I owe you one!”
In fast spoken English, it sounds like: I owe ya one.
- It’s Up To You. Well, we use this expression to tell the other person that they can make the decision; you don’t have a strong opinion about what you’ve been talking about. It’s irrelevant or indifferent to you for example:
Where are we going to spend our next vacation?
I don’t know babe. It’s up to you. Where would you like to go?
Or “I would eat at any restaurant tonight, besides it’s your birthday. It’s up to you!”
- Hang in there is an expression used to encourage someone to keep going and to not give up, when the person is facing prolonged difficulties for example:
“How was your interview today?”
“I think it went okay. This is my third interview this month. I really need a job.”
“Hang in there, Stella. I know you’ll get the job that’s right for you. Everything will work out.”
- Jump to Conclusions. This one is really great. When you jump to conclusions, you make assumptions about a person or situation before you have learned all the details like:
“Have you seen the way she dresses? I wouldn’t be surprised if she was trying to steal your boyfriend.”
“Oh Ana, don’t jump to conclusions! They’ve been friends since childhood and you don’t even know her.
- It Slipped My Mind. This expression you use as a response you give when you have forgotten to do something for example:
It’s going to rain tonight. Did you close the windows?
OMG I’m sorry. It slipped my mind. I can come back quickly and do it, it’s ok.
You can also say it totally slipped my mind or it completely slipped my mind to give more emphasis to the fact that you forgot 100%! And when you say that way, it’s super common to add lots of intonation lie: OMG, IT TOTALLY SLIPPED MY MIND. I’M REALLY SORRY.
- Stay in Touch. I love this one by the way. To stay in touch is to continue having contact with someone even though they are at a distance
I really enjoyed meeting you, Mason. It’s a pity you can’t stay for a couple more days.
Thank you Meggie, likewise but come on, I’ll make sure to stay in touch with you! I have your phone number and your e-mail.
- Sleep On It – that’s another very common one. When you say you’re gonna sleep on it it means you’re gonna take some time (especially a night and day) and think about something before making a decision.
Are you sure you wanna quit your job, honey?
I don’t know babe but I really must sleep on it because the way my boss has been treating me is killing me!
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