Phrase Lists

These are groups of useful phrases, organized around different topics.

Phrases for starting a meeting in English

When people get together for meetings, it's rare that they actually get straight to the point of the meeting. Usually there's a bit of introduction at the beginning of a meeting. This article is about some of the expressions that people use at the beginning of a meeting.

A very formal meeting:

Here's an example of how someone might speak in a very formal meeting, like a board meeting for a...


21 English phrases for describing relationships

Relationships can be complicated. Here are some expressions for talking about all the different phases of a relationship with someone:

Not in a relationship

1. single

If you're not married or dating anyone, you're "single".

A: Are you seeing anyone?

B: No, I'm single.

2. just friends

Imagine that you have a friend. Someone asks if you're dating this person. You're not, so you can say:

We're...


How to use the word "time" in English

Clock

Here's a list of useful collocations for the word "time":

What do people do with time?

  • spend time on things
  • devote time to things
    "Devote" is similar to "spend" but seems more thoughtful and purposeful.
  • waste time
    (But not you, of course!)
  • be out of time
    This means that there's no more time left to do something.
  • bide your time
    This means to wait patiently but alertly for something that...


Holidays collocations!

The Holidays 

The end of December in the U.S. is known as "the Holidays".

The word "holiday" can mean any holiday, from religious holidays to national holidays like (in the U.S.) Independence Day and Memorial Day. However, "The Holidays" means the time around the end of the year. 

One reason that English speakers call this time of year "The Holidays" is to avoid simply calling it "Christmas"....


How to describe a funny person in English (Part 2: talking about humor negatively)

Unfunny clown

In the last article, I presented some phrases that you can use to describe a funny person. Of course, there are a lot of ways that humor can go wrong. Here are some things that you can say about people who try to be funny but fail, or who joke about bad things.

Unfunny humor

  • Corny jokes are supposed to be funny, but aren't. They're too silly, too predictable, or too dumb. Puns...





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