Common English Phrases – 120 Useful English Phrases for Everyday Use | Lesson 5
101. point out (someone or something) means to explain or call attention to someone or something
Example: My teacher was very kind when she pointed out the mistakes that I had made.
102. put out (something) means to produce or make something (a product/brochure/report/CD/movie/paper)
Example: The company puts out a newsletter every month for the employees.
103. regardless of (something) means without considering or thinking about something, without regard to something
Example: Regardless of the weather we are going to go fishing tomorrow morning.
104. right away means immediately
Example: forgot to bring my book but I will go home and get it right away.
105. rule out (someone or something) means to decide against or eliminate someone or something
Example: The police ruled out the man as a possible bank robber. We decided to rule out Monday as the day to have our meeting.
106. run into (something – a fact/trouble/problems/difficulty) means to experience something, to encounter something
Example: The mechanic ran into trouble when he was fixing my car. I ran into some interesting facts when I was researching my essay.
107. set up (something) means to establish something, to provide the money for something
Example: The newspaper company provided the money to set up the new travel magazine. The company set up a unique situation to test the new product.
108. show up means to appear, to arrive, to be present
Example: What time did your friend show up for the party?
109. so far means until now So far
Example: no one has entered the speech contest at the television station.
110. so to speak means as one might or could say, this is one way to say something
Example: We had a good time at the restaurant, so to speak, although the service was not very good.
111. sort of (something) means to be almost something, to be similar to something, to be not quite something
Example: Did you finish cleaning the kitchen?” “Sort of, but not really.
112. stick with (something) means to continue doing something, to not quite something
Example: My brother has been able to stick with his trumpet lessons since he was a child.
113. take advantage of (someone or something) means to use someone or something for one’s own benefit
Example: We took advantage of the beautiful weather and went to the beach.
114. take care of (someone or something) means to look after or give attention to someone or something
Example: You should take care of your health or you will become sick.
115. take out (something) means to remove something from somewhere, to extract something
Example: The teacher told us to take out our books. I took out some onions from the refrigerator.
116. take over (something) means to take control of something, to take command of something
Example: The large company wants to take over some of the small companies in our area.
117. take place means to happen, to occur
Example: The soccer game took place on the coldest day of the year.
118. to the extent that means to the degree that, in so far as
Example: I plan to provide information about the new company policy to the extent that I am familiar with it.
119. turn in (something) means to give something to someone, to hand something to someone
Example: I arrived at school early so that I could turn in my essay.
120. turn out means to be found or known, to prove to be true
Example: It turned out that more people came to the party than we expected.
up to means until, as far as a certain point, approaching a certain point
Example: Up to last week I had never been inside a bowling alley. There were probably up to thirty people at the meeting.
up to (someone) to decide/do (something) means to be responsible to choose or decide something
Example: It is up to the company president to decide when the meeting will start.
used to means accustomed to
Example: My friend is not used to living in such a big city.
with respect to (something) means referring to something, concerning something
Example: I do not know what the company will do with respect to the old computer system.
work out (for the best) means to end successfully
Example: I hope that everything will work out for my friend when she moves to London next week