Phrase Lists

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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...


How to describe a funny person in English (Part 1)

Funny boy

How do you describe someone who's funny in English? Of course you can say something like:

She's funny.

He's hilarious.

But there lots of different ways that a person can be funny. They may tell funny stories, act silly, say odd things, tell jokes that they've heard, etc. So how do you explain exactly how someone is funny?

Talking about a normal funny person

First, let's learn how to talk...





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