In this lesson, you will learn common phrases used in informal situations. They will help you sound more natural in English conversations.
Read the examples to learn how you can use them in your everyday life.
I bet (that)
You can use it when you are sure about something.
I owe you
You can use this phrase to thank someone for something they have done for you. It is also a way of saying that you will do something for them in the future.
up for something
You can use this phrase to show that you are ready and willing to do something.
Note: You can also use the phrase in questions to ask other people if they would like to do something with you or to go to a place with you.
off the table
We use 'off the table' to talk about offers or proposals that are no longer considered or available.
go off the rails
1. To start behaving in an inappropriate or socially unacceptable manner.
2. To no longer work as planned or intended.
Note: OPPOSITE: back on the rails (behaving or functioning in a normal way)
learn (something) the hard way
When you learn how to do something by trying and making a lot of mistakes.
(just) for the record
You can use this phrase when you give a piece of information that you want people to know.
You make something clear and known publicly.
Note: It can be used to add something that isn't related to the conversation, but needs to be said.
Synonyms: Let me make myself clear. | Let's get things straight.
be big on something
It is used to say that you are very interested in something, or like something a lot.
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