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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
We'll have the mussels, the calamari, some shrimp and the grilled fish, please.
And turn the top and the bottom grills on, please.
I'm Cate, nice to meet you, Mike.
Sure, no problem.
Dear, can you let him finish, please!?
I'll have 20, please.
Can you put it on the stove, please?
Thank you, have a nice day!
Diego, can you tell me what she said last night, please?
And I need a ladle for the chicken stock, that's all, I suppose.
That would be nice, thank you.
Excuse me, but what about the complaining about Pogo part?
Hello, can we order our meals, please?
I just need your name and mobile number, please.
Oh come on! Can we just talk about something else, please!
Oh, hang on, what about the room upstairs, in your house?
Maybe, sorry about that.
You are being very generous dear, thanks, what about this...
Can you leave me alone, please!
Yeah, that's better I suppose, thanks.

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Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
First conditional
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Have/Get something done
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Mixed conditional
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Past continuous
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Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
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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
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Second conditional
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Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
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Zero conditional