Common English Phrases – 120 Useful English Phrases for Everyday Use | Lesson 3
51. about to (do something) means to be on the point of doing something
Example: I was about to leave when the phone rang.
52. fill in (something) means to write words in blank spaces
Example: Please fill in this form and give it to the receptionist.
53. find out (something) means to learn or discover something
Example: My mother is angry at me because she found out that I had quit my French class.
54. first of all means the very first thing
Example: First of all we prepared the garden and then we planted the seeds.
55. for good means permanently
Example: The city will close the public swimming pool for good next week.
56. for sure means without a doubt, certainly, surely
Example: I will go to the movie with you for sure next week.
57. get back to (something) means to return to something
Example: I was happy to get back to work after my holiday.
58. get into (something) means to become interested or involved in something
Example: I do not want to get into an argument with my friend. We will get into the details of the plan tomorrow.
59. get into (somewhere) means to enter somewhere
Example: My friend wants to get into a good university. I bumped my head as I was getting into the car.
60. get out of (somewhere) means to leave somewhere, to escape from somewhere
Example: I want to hurry and get out of my house.
61. get rid of (something) means to give or throw something away, to sell or destroy something, to make a cold or fever disappear
Example: I bought a new television set so I want to get rid of the old one.
62. get through (something) means to complete something, to finish something
Example: My friend is having trouble getting through her final exams. I have much reading that I must get through before tomorrow.
63. go ahead means to begin to do something
Example: Let`s go ahead and start now. We can`t wait any longer.
64. go on means to continue
Example: The game will probably go on for an hour after we leave.
65. go over (something) means to examine or review something
Example: The accountant will go over the books tomorrow. We plan to go over that question tomorrow.
66. go through (something) means to discuss something, to look at something, to do something
Example: The teacher decided to go through the exercise before the test.
67. go with (something) means to choose one thing rather than another
Example: We decided to go with the small rental car rather than the large one.
68. hang out (somewhere/with someone) means to spend one`s time with no great purpose, to spend leisure time with friends
Example: Recently my friend has been hanging out with a group of people who are not a good influence on him.
69. have (something) to do with (something) means to be about something, to be on the subject of something, to be related to something
Example: The book has something to do with cooking but I am not sure if you will like it. That problem has nothing to do with me.
70. hold on means to wait a minute, to stop, to wait and not hang up the phone
Example: Please hold on for a minute while I lock the window.
71. in a way means to a certain extent, a little, somewhat
Example: In a way, I want to go to the new restaurant but in a way, I don`t really care.
72. in the case means if, if something should happen
Example: I will take my umbrella in case it rains.
73. in common means shared together or equally, in use or ownership by all
Example: I had nothing in common with the other members of the class.
74. in detail means giving all the details, item by item
Example: The saleswoman explained about the new product in detail.
75. in effect means for practical purposes, basically
Example: The man’s silence was in effect a way of disagreeing with the other people in the meeting.