These are groups of useful phrases, organized around different topics.
When you're learning English, you can find a lot of phrases that seem to mean the same thing, but are a little bit different. It can be really hard to know which phrase you should use. A good example is phrases that you use to tell someone that you love them. There are so many different ways; which one should you use?
Here's how I suggest learning similar phrases:
- First, try to figure out...
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:
It's common to follow "Thanks" with a person's name or a word to address them:
It's not often used in American English, but English speakers in Britain and...
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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:
People wear costumes on Halloween.
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
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) -...