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Expression Exercises

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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
Alright, see you then.
You are being very generous dear, thanks, what about this...
He is made of wood, I believe.
Can we have our drinks before the meal please?
Can you pass me the wine from the fridge, please?
Can you make it bigger, please?
Cate, I'm taking my bag with me, so no need to worry.
To be more realistic, of course!
Since they use my stuff we can *borrow* some of their bread, I think.
I don't think I would leave my cat to get a room, thank you!
I will have some fish, I think.
Can you pass me the cutting board and the knife, please?
He looks a bit scared, because he can smell Bear, I think.
Is there any chance of getting a table, please?
Can you still check the stock room, please?
Dear, can you help me walk down the stairs, please?
What about you?
We'll have a bottle of chardonnay and a bottle of sauvignon blanc, thanks Mike.
Hello, Joseph, nice to meet you.
Yes, somewhere comfortable, please.


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Be going to
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
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
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Would rather
Zero conditional