You’ll learn 8 more colloquial expressions so that you can sound more like a native speaker and take your colloquial English to the next level.
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1) Yesterday I ate a lot of fruit
2) Yesterday I have eaten a lot of fruit
3) I have worked in 2 companies
4) I worked in 2 companies
This is just an example, I actually almost never know when to use any of them.”
Present perfect simple and continuous with special guest Bea – http://www.inglespodcast.com/18
Present perfect, past simple, gerunds, infinitives – http://www.inglespodcast.com/319 (What did they say’ and ‘What have they said’? ‘Where were you?’ and ‘Where have you been?)
8 common colloquial expressions – Part 4
- No worries / Not a problem / No bother / Scotland: Nae/Nay bother (That’s alright, no problem)
- I’ve had it up to here! / That does it! / (Right) that’s it! (express annoyance – I can’t take/accept/endure/suffer any more of it)
- (I) don’t mind if I do! / If (you’re sure) you don’t mind. (Yes, please)
- I’m all ears (I’m listening to you)
- Keep your shirt/hair on! Be careful, this expression might offend some people: Don’t get your knickers in a twist! (Be patient! Just wait a minute!)
- I wouldn’t know – sounds defensive/abrupt: How should/would I know?! / Search me. / I haven’t a clue. (I have no idea)
- Old school – usually positive, often said with pride – someone or something that is old-fashioned or traditional.
“When it comes to music, I’m old school. I like 80’s rock played on real instruments.”
- (I) can’t put my finger on it. – not be sure about something
“There’s something I was supposed to do this afternoon, but I can’t put my finger on it.”
“Something seemed to be wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.”
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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