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English in Use/Conversation Pieces

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ApologizingEdit

  • Excuse me, ...
  • Sorry!
  • Sorry to interrupt.
  • I'm sorry!
  • I'm so sorry!
  • I'm afraid so.
  • I'm afraid not.
  • I apologize.
  • I do apologize.
  • Please forgive me!
  • Well now.

Expressing SurpriseEdit

  • Good heavens!
  • I don’t believe it!
  • That's incredible!
  • Is that right?
  • You're joking!
  • Really?
  • Seriously?
  • Never!
  • Goodness me!
  • My goodness!
  • Oh my!
  • Oh my goodness me!
  • Gosh!
  • Crikey!
  • Wow!
  • Well, well, well!
  • What a surprise!
  • That's surprising!
  • You must be kidding me!

GoodbyesEdit

  • Good-bye!
  • So long!
  • See you!
  • See you later!
  • See you soon!
  • See you tomorrow!
  • Cheerio!
  • Ta-ta!
  • Ta-ra!
  • I'll be seeing you.
  • Good evening.
  • Good night.
  • Have a good evening!
  • Have a good afternoon!
  • Come back soon!
  • Keep safe!
  • Have a safe trip.
  • Bye bye
  • Toodles!

Meeting PeopleEdit

  • good fortune
  • Hello there!
  • Pleased to meet you. informal
  • Pleased to meet you, {sir or madam}. formal
  • It's nice meeting you.
  • Finally we meet!

The following greetings are typically used in formal environments, however, they can also be used for informal environments but be sure not to use sir or ma'am if you know the person well or else it makes the conversation seem a bit too impersonal.

  • Good afternoon, {name or sir or madam}
  • Good morning, {name or sir or madam}
  • Good evening, {name or sir or madam}

Responding to News or InformationEdit

  • Good for you!
  • I’m sorry to hear that.
  • Oh, how lovely!
  • Sounds great.
  • Yes, I suppose you must be.
  • Wow! That sounds exciting.

Responding to ThanksEdit

  • You are welcome
  • Don't mention it
  • No problem
  • It's okay

Saying: That's LifeEdit

  • It was just one of those things.
  • That’s the way it goes.
  • These things happen.
  • You know how it is.

TelephoningEdit

To ask about someone on the telephone

  • May I speak to ... , please? (formal)
  • Is ... there? (informal)

To leave a message

  • Can I leave a message?
  • Could I leave a message?
  • May I leave a message?
  • Can you ask ... to call me?

To ask someone to repeat something

  • Could you repeat that, please? (formal)
  • Would you repeat that, please? (formal)
  • Pardon?
  • Excuse me?
  • I'm sorry, I didn't catch that.

Some alternative forms to say "yes"

  • Of course.
  • Sure.

ThankingEdit

  • Thank you!
  • Thank you so much!
  • Thanks a lot!
  • I don't know how to thank you.