Five Useful English Idioms

Five Useful English Idioms

When gaining fluency in a language it’s always a pleasure to learn commonly used idioms. I thought I’d focus on five very simple, yet great English idioms that can be incorporated into your speech no matter what your level of English is.

IT’S ABOUT TIME

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When something finally happens that should have happened a long time ago you can use the expression “it’s about time”. You can also use it to express that it is nearly, or almost time to do something.

– It’s about time the Richardson’s got a divorce. They’ve been unhappy in their marriage for years! (they’ve finally gotten a divorce)
– Don’t you think it’s about time we buy a new car? Ours is falling apart! (it’s nearly time to buy a new car)

ALL SET

The expression “all set” is another way of saying that you’re ready.
– We were all set to go to the beach when it started to rain. (we were all ready to go)
– All set? (another way of asking “are you ready?”)

A BITE TO EAT

When you want to get “a bite to eat” it means that you want to get something to eat, usually something that is quick or convenient.

– The play’s going to be long, so maybe we should grab a bite to eat before it starts. (we should get some food quickly)
– We’ve been on the road for four hours now! Can we stop to get a bite to eat? (can we stop and eat some food?)

CALL IT A DAY

If you’re finished with your work and are ready to go home you can use the expression “call it a day”.

– We’ve been working on this project for six hours and still haven’t finished it! I think we should call it a day. (we should quit working on the project and go home)

– The soccer team decided to call it a day after the center-back broke his leg during practice. (the team decided to stop playing soccer and go home)

A CLOSE CALL

When a dangerous situation almost happened you can call it “a close call”. You can also call an election or competition “a close call” when more than one person has a good chance of winning.

– I managed to swerve the car just in time to miss hitting the dog. However, it was a really close call. (I almost hit the dog)
– Today’s F1 race is a close call between Britain’s Jenson Button, Brazil’s Rubens Barrichello, and Australia’s Mark Webber. Who will win it is anyone’s guess! (they all have a good chance of winning)

And now it’s about time for me to call it a day. I’m off to go get a bite to eat! Até o próximo!

Ashley

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith é americana que mora no Brasil desde 2001. Durante os primeiros sete anos aqui ela dava aulas particulares de inglês, e atualmente trabalha como diretora de conteúdo do site meuingles.com.

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