Advanced Phrases For Spoken English
10 ways to avoid answering a question
- I’m not at liberty to say. (= i don’t have permission to give the information)
- I’m sorry, that’s a personal.
- It’s none of your business.
- I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
- Why do you want to know?
15 phrases for being rich & poor
- She’s very wealthy.
- She inherited a fortune.
- She’s rolling dough.
- She’s quite well-off.
- He’s scrimping and saving.
5 phrases for talking about statistics
- There was a gradual rise in crime.
- The crime rate went up.
- The crime rate dropped.
- The crime rate rose.
- There was slight decrease in crime.
5 ways to say someone’s talented
- He knows it inside it.
- He is the best in the business.
- He’s a natural.
- He’s in a class of his own.
- She could do it in her sleep.
5 phrases for telling someone to wait
- Let me see/think…
- Bear with me…
- That’ll have to wait…
- Could you give me a minute?
- I’ll be right with you…
5 phrases for estimating & guessing
- I wouldn’t be surprised if… [Peter asks Jill to marry him]
- It’s difficult to say, but I think… [Our customers are more satisfied]
- It’s around… [Three hours legs]
- There’s a good chance… [It will rain tomorrow]
- It’s about… [10 miles away]
5 phrases for decisions
- I can’t make up my mind.
- I changed my mind.
- It’s up to you… [You can decide]
- Looking back, I know it was the right decision.
- On the other hand
5 phrases for good luck & bad luck
- That was a stroke of luck. (=a sudden event of good luck)
- As luck would have it. (=by chance)
- What rotten luck.
- Luck you!
- Good luck!
5 phrases for worries & relief
- Thank goodness!
- I’m scared that…
- You had me worried for a moment.
- That’s a huge load off my mind.
- What if?
5 phrases for talking about the future
- It’s a sign/taste of things to come.
- It’s right around the corner.
- I’ll do it right away. / I’ll get right on it.
- It’ll happen any day now.
- I’m counting down the days until… (I’m excited about the future event; I can’t wait for it to happen)
5 phrases for compliments
- You’re a fantastic cook.
- You have a beautiful home.
- You look nice. / You look amazing!
- What a nice apartment.
- My compliment to the chef!
5 phrases for certainty & probability
- I don’t think so.
- I’m absolutely sure.
- I have no doubt that…
- It’s not very likely…
- There’s not much chance of that.
5 ways to say something is interesting/ boring
- I couldn’t tear myself away.
- It does nothing for me.
- I was bored to death.
- I was so into it/ i lost track of time.
- I was dying for boredom.
5 phrases for cheering someone up
- What’s wrong?
- It’s not so bad.
- Are you all right?
- Is there anything I can do to help?
- What’s the matter?
5 phrases for disappointment
- How disappointing.
- What a pity!
- It was a real letdown.
- What a shame.
- That’s too bad.
5 ways to say you don’t believe someone
- He’s stretching the truth.
- His story is fishy.
- Yeah, right.
- You’re pulling my leg.
- That’s an outright lie.
5 expressions for bad people
- He’s a bastard.
- He’s a scum bag.
- He’s a Jurk.
- He’s an asshole.
- She’s a psycho. (=crazy, irrational)
5 Words for describing speaking
- My kids whined. (=complained)
- She stammered.
- He yelled.
- I snapped at my husband. (Said a quick and angry remark)
- She screamed.
5 phrases for facial
- He looked puzzled. (=confused)
- His eyes were glassed over. (he appeared)
- She was beaming. (=she had a big, radiant smile)
- The kids were smiling from ear to ear.
- She gives me a dirty look. (=looked at me angrily)
5 phrases to describe offending or upsetting people
- He got on the teacher’s bad side.
- She got bent out of shape.
- She took offense at his comment.
- He left in a huff.
- She got her panties in a wad.
5 phrases for bad travel experiences
- My luggage was lost.
- I got the runs. (= diarrhea)
- My flight was delayed/ cancelled.
- I couldn’t wait to get back home.
- The weather was miserable.
5 phrases for drinking (alcohol)
- Another round of drinks, please.
- He’s a bit tipsy. (=a little bit drink)
- It’s on me. (=I’ll buy you a drink)
- Put it on my tab. (tab=bill to pay later before you leave)
- Here’s to… (Your health/ the New Year/ our success)
5 comparative idioms
- He’s as mad as a hornet.
- It’s as light as a feather.
- She’s as stubborn as a mule.
- It’s as soiled as a rock.
- It’s as dry as bone.