Common English Phrases

What are common English phrases? These are phrases that are used most everyday in the English language. Whether it is in native English speaking countries or any other country, all the phrases you below are the most commonly used English phrases. Just learning these alone will help you start improving your English speaking and comprehension skills. After learning these common English phrases, it is recommend that you practice coming up with responses to these phrases so you are fully prepared once you are out in the world socializing.

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Common English Phrases List

How is it going? – This question is used to see how someone is doing. Either they can answer with how they are feeling or they will provide you with current conditions of something they are dealing with.

Long time no see! – This is used when you haven’t seen the person who is saying this in a long time. This phrase prepares both sides to talk about things they have been doing since they last saw eachother.

What have you been up to? – This one is self explanatory. It lets you know what the person has been doing since last updated.

Can’t complain – This is the answer to How are you or how’s it going? When things are going good for you, but not too good, you can say “I can’t complain”

That’s a good one! = that’s a good joke! – This is what is used to tell someone that they made a good joke or comment that you enjoyed.

It’s very kind of you! – This is something you can tell someone when they have done something nice for you. You can use this in addition to saying thank you to someone.

Thank you anyway – This shows someone that you appreciate what they have done even though it may not have mattered. For example, you asked for a pen, found one, and someone gave one to you. You can say Thank you anwyway, but I found one.

Thank you in advance! – Do you want to ask for a favor from a friend and are afraid that they may decline? Use this phrase to motivate them to oblige to your request. When you thank someone in advance, it is an expression of your eagerness to have the task done, and they will hopefully put efforts to complete it.

No worries – This statement shows that you are okay with whatever proposition, result or situation there is.

What’s going on? – Do you want to check on a friend? This is commonly used where you know the person has been struggling with a task and that you genuinely wan to solve the problem.

Did I get you right? –This can be used to make sure you have understood what the person has said. This is to confirm the persons speech. Sometimes it can be used if you are shocked and can’t believe the person said this.

Don’t take it to heart – This is when you tell a person to not take something personally. Sometimes people can be too sensitive and this phrase may be used when sharing an opinion.

I didn’t catch the last word – Are you speaking to someone who is hard to understand? This phrase let’s the person know you didn’t understand what they just said and let’s them know you would like it to be repeated.

Fingers crossed! – When someone says this it means that they are hoping the best for you in your upcoming situation. If you have an interview or an event coming up and you are hopeful for a result, the person you’re speaking with may say “Fingers crossed” and this shows they want you to get what you want.

Oh, that explains it – When you finally understand what was happening when you were confused in the beginning. Example: when you finally understand a scene from the beginning of the movie and it makes sense at the end you can say “Oh, that explains it.”

Things happen – When you are trying to explain the event to someone who cannot understand it, saying this phrase is used to say, do not be surprised.

Sorry to bother you – You can use this phrase in place of saying excuse me.

I’ll be with you in a minute – This is when you let someone know you are currently busy, but you will attend to them once you are finished with your current task.

Where were we? – You ask this question when you want to be reminded of what you were doing or talking about before.

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch you – This is a polite way to ask the person to repeat what they have just said.

I freaked out = This can mean that you became very angry or scared at news you were not expecting.  “I freaked out when I found out my test results. They are so low!”

Good for you! – You can say this when you are happy for someone.

You’ve got to be kidding me! – This is a reaction to something when you do not believe it or didn’t want the outcome. “They lost the match? You’ve got to be kidding me! I was sure they were going to win!”

Cheer up! – This is when you tell someone to feel better.

Come on, you can do it! – This phrase is used when trying to motivate someone.

Keep up the good work! – This phrase is used by people who want you to encourage you to keep going or keep working.

It’s not the end of the world – When someone has failed to attain a desired result, achievement or milestone, you can use this statement to let them know that they can try again in future. It motivates them to understand that there could be better opportunities.

That’s lit! = That’s amazing! – Here is another common English phrase that seeks to recognize of applaud the positive results and achievements of someone close to you. Use it in place for ‘congratulations’.

There you go! – Have you hacked something that as troublesome, tricky and difficult. Use this phrase to ululate, cheer or be glad about the feat. It is also a great phrase to applaud a loved one or close friend for some exceptional result.

Not a bit! – This phrase is a connotation that you are not interested in what a person is offering or propositioning. It is also used to express disinterest in an activity, undertaking or project. It can mean that you have not touched a task at all.

There is no room for doubt – When someone has done something so well that there is no uncertainty, you can say that there is no room for doubt. Tis phrase is common in court rooms when lawyers and magistrates are litigating cases. When used in normal speech, it expresses your certainty that everything is clear.

I’ll text you! – This phrase can be used when you do not really have a ready answer at the moment. So you inform the person that you will contact soon with an answer. This is an informal way to buy time to think, explore and consider the options. It does not exactly mean that you will write an SMS message, but will get in touch in any way.

It’s not worth it! – When you face a situation where you cannot foresee a positive outcome or result, you can use this phrase. If a project or undertaking will cause you to spend more resources that you are gaining, the venture is not worth it. Managers often use this phrase to discourage their team members from spending time and money on something that will not bear results.

You rock! – When someone has done something extraordinary or highly fruitions, you can say that they rock. It is a slang that has found its way in English parlance to mean that you are great, amazing, incredible and awesome. Tell this to your team member who has scored big results in school or at work.

You should go the extra mile… – This common English statement means that you should work a little harder than you have before. It is often used to inspire, encourage and push someone to put in more efforts, especially if past endeavors have failed. Interchange it for the phrase ‘do not give up’.

Step up your game = Start performing better – This is used when you are telling someone that they need to be better at anything. THis can be used at work, school, sports, or anything.

Pull yourself together = Calm down and behave normally – This can be used if a person is going through a tough time in their lives and they aren’t acting like their normal selves. This is used to help someone feel better and tell them to get back to their normal routine.

You sold me! = You convinced me on something – When you sell something to someone, it means that you have won their confidence so well that they agree with you 100%.

Couldn’t care less = used to express total lack of interest in something – This shows the person does not care at all about what is being discussed.

This is a no-brainer = Easy decision – Use this phrase to let people know that it doesn’t take a lot of brain power to come up with the answer. Example: Question: What is 2 + 2? Answer: This is a no brainer. It’s 4.

You screwed up – This phrase means that you have made a mistake. Either big or small, you can say I screwed up to let someone know of your mistake.

You are driving me nuts! – This is used when the person is making you angry/crazy.

Can you cover me? = Can you work in my place? – This phrase is used mostly as a way to ask for help. It can be used in the work place as Can you work for me?, but it can also be used to say can you make sure I don’t make a mistake or can you make sure I do this correct.

I’d better be going – This phrase is used when you are in a hurry and must be going or leaving. This let’s the person know that you have something you need to go do.

Thank heavens it’s Friday – This is what people who work a 5 day work week will say. Since they are excited for the weekend, they will say Thank XXXX it’s Friday. You can put anything in place of the XXXX.

Take care! – This is a goodbye phrase telling the person who you are leaving to take good care of themselves.


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