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. What would you like to do?
most important or more than anything else
it is a situation that is not like what you have been talking about before
a different ball game
You must remember this and take it into consideration
after all (can be come at the beginning, middle or at the end of a sentence)
in spite of what you expected to happen
after all (end of a sentence)
doing something more quickly than you planned
ahead of schedule
do the whole thing again from the beginning
all over again
something that someone says or writes is stupid
a load of rubbish/a load of nonsense
someone or something that are irritating or troublesome to you
a pin in the neck
stress that you are giving correct information
as a matter of fact
usually do it
- as a rule
- As a rule, Anne goes straight home after leaving work
- I don’t, as a rule, take sugar in my coffee, but today I’ll make an exception.
you have some information about a subject but you are not certain whether the information is correct
as far as I know
as long as / so long as
whatever happens or whatever anyone else says, does, etc.
at any rate
you have not forgotten about it
at the back of your mind
if the situation continues to develop in the same way as now
at this rate
it is difficult to achieve
be a tall order
please do or yes in a friendly way to someone if they ask to use something of yours
be my guest
remember it and take it into consideration
bear in mind
ask someone politely to wait until you finish something
bear with me
time can seem to pass much more quickly than they expect/ something happens very fast
before you know it
tell someone something that seems unlikely
believe it or not
where they are going
be off to
to know what they are doing
- be up to
- for bad behaviour: up to mischief or up to not good
a way of emphasising your willingness to allow someone to do something
by all means
by and large
- by any chance
- Have you by any chance heard of an actor called Alan Foster?
- I wonder if by any chance anyone’s handed in a statue that I left on the bus?
introduce something that you have just thought of
by the way
you do not want it
can do without
suddenly remember the thing that they are talking about
- come to think of
- It was Rose, come to think of it, who suggested we should all meet here.
describe a thing or person is not important to you at all
- couldn’t care less
- We couldn’t care less who does the job, so long as somebody gets it done
- “Who you want to win, City or United?” “ To be honest, I couldn’t care less.”
doing something continually and over a long period of time
day in, day out
want to make sure that people have understood what you have said
do you know what I mean?
you think the person you are speaking to may get a wrong impression of what you think
don’t get me wrong
warn people not to expect something to happen soon
- don’t hold your breath
- I still hope our team will win, but I’m not holding my breath.
they are slow and reluctant to do something
- drag your feet
- making decision: They are still dragging their feet over who is to be the next chairman
a situation where it is easy to describel what ought to be done, but it will be difficult to actually do it
easier said than done
comparing on thing with another, completely equal
- every bit as
- The second half of the game was every bit as exciting as the first.
emphasis every, all the things
every last/ every single
doing something, you want it, want to do it
mainly or more than anything else
- first and foremost
- Barbara is a journalist first and foremost. Painting is only her bobby.
early in the morning
First thing today / First thing yesterday
do not care about something
- for all I care
- They can have the party on the moon, for all I care. I shan’t be going
- We could be waiting here all night, for all Simon cares. Why don’t we get a taxi?
to emphasise that you have no information about something
- I’ve no idea where Jenny is, She could be in Australia, for all I know.
- For all you know, the boss could be coming down the corridor right now.
informal way of saying “first” or “firstly”
for a start
for ever or permanently
from time to time
want them to hurry
get a move on
understand the situation
get the picture
after a number or quantity and before another number or quantity
- give or take
- In the end the cost was 1500 dollars, give or take a dollar or two.
they are very glad to be getting rid of something or someone that they do not like.
- good riddance / good riddance to bad rubbish
- “I’ve just heard that John Black is leaving the firm” - “Well, good riddance! I never liked him.”
What would you like to do?
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