Commonly Used Expressions in American English
- I went from store to store trying to find something for her birthday. I ended up buying her a book.
- If you work like that you're going to end up sick.
- I took my car in for a simple oil change. It turned out it needed transmission fluid change. So I ended up paying a lot more than I thought I would.
- You may want to get a smaller car, otherwise you are going to end up paying a fortune.
- That building over there used to be the phone company.
- They used to serve ice cream at this restaurant.
- I used to work here when I was a student.
- Up until recently most people used to believe that smoking is good for you.
- When I was a student I used to take the bus to school. Now I drive everywhere.
- He used to be so polite when he was younger. He's become so rude !
to be used to / to get used to
- I'm used to having a light breakfast in the morning.
- The neighbor's children make a lot of noise. It used to bother me. But now I am used to it.
- It will be hard in the beginning. But you will get used to it.
- I need some time to get used to the new environment.
figure out, figure something out
- I need to figure out which test I'm going to sign up for by the end of this week.
- We need to figure out the other team's game strategy.
- Can you help me figure out this math problem ? I can't figure it out.
- I just bought this new stereo system, but I can't figure out how to set it up.
- If you came across any articles on the history of the English language let me know.
- I have been looking through all these books but haven't come across anything interesting.
- Children are supposed to start talking at the age of 2.
- You were supposed to call me when you got home.
- How was I supposed to know where you were ?
- I don't what happened to her. She was supposed to meet me at the library at 3 o'clock.
keep doing something/keep ... from doing something
- If you want to get a good grade on the test, keep studying.
- -Should I turn here ?
-No, keep going. Make a right at the (traffic) light.
- I kept looking until I found it.
- I'll turn the lights on so the kids can keep playing.
- This noise is keeping me from doing my homework !
- Put some of this paste on the balcony. It will keep the pigeons from nesting there.
- Anti-freeze keeps the engine from freezing !
go about doing something
- How would I go about getting a driver's license ?
- You just have a different way of going about this than I do.
get the hang of something
- These new bicycles are a bit hard to get the hang of.
- You need to practice with this for a while before you get the hang of it.
- I'm sorry, I have to leave now. I have an appointment and I'm running late.
- Could you get some milk on your way home ? We're running low.
- I've got to stop for gas. We're running out.
- I need to run over to the drugstore and grab some aspirin.
- Who left the car running ?!
- You got a few minutes ? I wrote this report and I'd like to run it by you before
I give it to the manager.
- Could you run those numbers by me one more time ?
- I'll drop by your house tomorrow and get some of that home-made yogurt.
- I'm going to make some dinner. A couple of friends are dropping by.
- I asked our neighbor to drop the kids off at school tomorrow.
- Would you mind dropping this off at the post office ?
- What are doing this weekend ? Not much, just hanging out with some friends.
- I don't want you to hang out with those kids !
good and bad time
- How was the party ? Did you have a good time?
- Oh, I had a great time !
- When would be a good time for me to call you ?
- (telephone)Hello ? Hi ! This is Mike. Is this a bad time ? Did I catch you at a bad time ?
- Poor John ! He's having a really tough time with his teenage son.
on the way/in the way
- Mr. Folwell just called to say that he's stuck in traffic but he's on his way.
- We can pick you guys up on the way to the restaurant.
- There's a flower shop on the way over to your place. We can get some flowers there.
- All the kids out of the kitchen please ! I'm trying to work here and you're getting in the way !
- Could you move this suitcase please ? It's in my way !
- Hey kids ! Get out of the way or the ball will hit you !
- He's a very nice person. If you ask him something he will go out of his way to do it for you.
- I've been exercising regularly. I think I'm in pretty good shape.
- After getting lost in the woods for three days, he was in pretty bad shape.
- I've been meaning to call you.
- I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you.
- I'm sorry you had go through all this trouble.
- Do you have any idea what I've been through the past few days ?
- I dialed the number four times, but my call didn't get through.
- If we can't resolve this problem today, we need to figure out a way to work around it.
- I haven't gotten around to fixing my car yet.
- Those cars have been around since the 1970's.
- Those small DVD players haven't been around long.
- Bob and Mary are taking off, but Mike and Joanne are going to stick around for a while.
to get a hold of
- I called the office several times this morning but I wasn't able to get a hold of John.
- Where were you ? I've been trying to get a hold of you for the past hour.
- Are you guys about to leave or are you going to stick around ?
- I think I'm going to stick around a while longer.
- The party was very boring. We were going to head out early, but we decided to stick around.
- I decided to keep my old type-writer. It might come in handy some day.
- Keep your high-school notes. They will come in handy later.
- The science teacher handed out some examples.
- She usually doesn't give any hand-outs.
- Supplies were handed out to the flood victims.
- I was up late last night trying to put together a plan for the meeting.
- I would like to take a look at the basement if you don't mind.
- I put together a list of all the customers. Could you take a look at it please ?
- I would like to run this document by you one more time before I hand it over to the manager. Would you mind taking a look at it ?
- Last time I rushed through the questions and I didn't do very well. This time I'm going to take my time.
- I left my glasses at your house. I'll come by tomorrow and pick them up.
- I'm sorry. I can't get a hold of Mr. Johnson. Please call back tomorrow.
- Where have you been ? I've been trying to get a hold of you all day !
More Example American English Conversations
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Merriam-Webster Online English Dictionary
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