Phrase Lists

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

Phrases for thanking someone in English

This is a list of phrases for showing appreciation or gratitude to someone in English.

Light "thank you" phrases

If someone does something small for you, you can say:

Thanks.

Thank you.

It's common to follow "Thanks" with a person's name or a word to address them:

Thanks darling.

Thanks Ben!

Appreciate it!

It's not often used in American English, but English speakers in Britain and...


Halloween English phrases

Pumpkins

(Photo courtesy of Gaudencio Garcinuño)

Halloween is a holiday that happens on October 31st each year. People dress up in strange costumes. Kids wear these costumes to walk around the neighborhood and ask their neighbors for candy. Adults go to parties or street fairs. Here are some phrases that you might hear around Halloween:

Costumes

People wear costumes on Halloween.

They can...


English expressions that waiters, waitresses, and restaurant staff use

When you go to a restaurant, you usually have a good idea of what's going to happen. That's because eating at a restaurant usually follows a set script. The wait staff isn't actually given a written script to memorize, of course. But even so, waiters and waitresses usually stick to a very narrow range of phrases. Here's what you can expect when you go to a restaurant.

The host or hostess

When...


Ways to talk about crime in English

There are a lot of specialized words and phrases in English. There is formal terminology that judges, lawyers, and newspaper reporters use. There's also informal language that people use when talking about crimes in casual conversation. This list will get you started with some common phrases that are "in between": not slang, but not too technical.

Actions related to crime:

  • attempt (a crime) -...


Wedding phrases in English: the ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Here are some phrases to describe what happens at a traditional American wedding ceremony. Of course, there are people from all different backgrounds living in the U.S., so this doesn't describe all weddings. But this is a very common wedding style that you often see on TV and movies.

  • The ceremony is held in a church, a garden, in an outdoor pavillion (like a big tent), in someone's home,...





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