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Expression

( Free Online English Grammar Lessons )

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An expression is a word or group of words used in a particular situation or by particular people.

In English an expression doesn't always have a particular grammar structure but is commonly used in spoken English.

Examples :

  • OK!
  • Oh my god!
  • See you later! 
  • What’s up?
  • How’s it going?
  • How are things?
  • How about you?
  • Pretty good.
  • Same as always.
  • Could be better.
  • Can't complain.
  • No problem.
  • No worries.
  • My pleasure.
  • Anytime.
  • Anyway, ...
  • I have no idea.
  • Exactly.
  • Absolutely.
  • That’s for sure.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • You’re telling me!
  • I’ll say!
  • I suppose so.
  • That’s great!
  • Poor you.
  • Sorry!
  • Alright!
  • What a day!
  • Fancy meeting you here!
Expression example sentences
Can you still check the stock room, please?
I'll have another glass of wine, please.
Can you pass me the cutting board and the knife, please?
That would be nice, see you tomorrow then.
More or less?
Thanks for letting me know, bye!
I'll have a glass of white wine, too, please.
Umm... That's right, how did I forget that? How stupid I am...
Hello Jen, what's up?
Nice to meet you Cate, see you later!
Hello Dick, nice to meet you.
Can we have our drinks before the meal please?
Yes, somewhere comfortable, please.
No, just a regular one, 4 or 5 pounds, I guess.
Yeah, I was wondering if his willy was sticking in or out, thanks!
Okay, why not, if you want.
Can you look after it carefully, please?
He looks a bit scared, because he can smell Bear, I think.
No, I don't need anything, thanks.
Stay on the line, please...


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional