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    10 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question




    1. No comment.
    2. I’m not at liberty to say.
    (= I don’t have permission to give the information)
    3. Wait and see.
    (= you will discover the answer later)
    4. Let me get back to you.
    (= I will give you the answer later)
    5. I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
    6. I’m sorry, that’s personal.
    7. I’d rather not talk about it.
    8. It’s none of your business.
    9. Mind your own business.
    10. Why do you want to know?


    #8 and #9 are rather rude – telling the other person to stop inquiring about your life


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    15 Phrases for Being Rich & Poor




    1. He’s short on cash.
    2. He’s broke.
    (= he has no money)
    3. His bank account is overdrawn.
    4. He’s just scraping by.
    (= he is just barely surviving on little money)
    5. He makes minimum wage.
    (= he earns the minimum salary)
    6. He’s pinching pennies.
    7. He’s scrimping and saving.
    8. She’s very wealthy.
    9. She’s quite well-off.
    10. She’s loaded.
    11. She’s filthy rich.
    12. She inherited a fortune.
    13. She’s making a killing.
    14. She’s raking in the cash.
    15. She’s rolling in dough.


    #6 and #7 express the idea that the person is trying to conserve money, when they have very little money.


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    Phrases for Talking about Statistics




    1. The crime rate rose.
    2. The crime rate went up.
    3. There was a sharp increase in crime.
    (sharp = sudden and large)
    4. There was a gradual rise in crime.
    5. There was a spike in crime.
    (spike = a sudden increase and then decrease)
    6. The crime rate reached its peak.
    (peak = the highest point)
    7. The crime rate plateaued.
    (plateaued = stayed at the same level)
    8. There was a slight decrease in crime.
    9. The crime rate dropped.
    10. The crime rate plummeted.
    (= decreased a lot, very quickly)

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    Ways to Say Someone’s Talented


    1. She was born to… [dance].
    2. He’s a natural.
    3. She could do it in her sleep.
    4. He knows it inside out.
    5. She knows [New York] like the back of her hand.
    6. She’s a walking encyclopedia of… [philosophy].
    7. He’s in a class of his own.
    8. He’s the best in the business.
    9. She’s very gifted.
    10. He’s a [chemistry] whiz.


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    Phrases for Telling Someone to Wait




    1. Could you give me a minute?
    2. (informal) Hang on a sec / Just a sec.
    3. Hold on...
    4. Let me see/think…
    5. I'll be right with you.
    6. Bear with me.
    7. That’ll have to wait.
    8. Be patient.
    9. Not so fast!
    10. Hold your horses!


    #9 and #10 are used for cautioning someone to wait and not make a bad decision or take reckless action.

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    Phrases for Estimating & Guessing




    1. If I had to take a guess, I’d say… [she’s about 35 years old].
    2. It’s difficult to say, but I think… [our customers are more satisfied].
    3. Off the top of my head, I’d say… [the company has 500 employees].
    (= what I remember/estimate, without checking the actual statistics)
    4. It’s about… [10 miles away].
    5. It’s around… [three hours long].
    6. I wouldn’t be surprised if… [Peter asks Jill to marry him].
    7. There’s a good chance… [it’ll rain tomorrow].
    8. I have a feeling/hunch… [the boss won’t be happy about this].
    (hunch = an instinctive feeling)
    9. I bet… [he’ll be late].
    10. Your guess is as good as mine.
    (= I don’t know)

    Lần sửa cuối bởi carmi, ngày 31-08-2017 lúc 06:28 PM.

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    Phrases for Decisions




    1. I’m debating between… [option A and option B]
    2. I can’t make up my mind.
    3. I’m on the fence.
    (= I’m in the middle, I don’t know what to decide)
    4. I’ll take that into consideration.
    5. On the other hand…
    6. I’m having second thoughts.
    (= I’m reconsidering my decision)
    7. I changed my mind.
    8. He convinced/persuaded me to…
    9. Looking back, I know it was the right decision.
    10. It’s up to you.
    (= You can decide)

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    Phrase for Good luck and Bad luck

    1. Good luck!

    2. Better luck next time.
    (say this after someone fails, and you hope they do better next time)
    3. Just my luck!
    (this is a sarcastic phrase meaning that something UNLUCKY happened)
    4. Lucky you!
    5. That was a stroke of luck.
    (= a sudden event of good luck)
    6. Some people have all the luck.
    (say this when someone else is constantly lucky, and you feel like you’re not lucky)
    7. As luck would have it…
    (= by chance)
    8. He’s down on his luck.
    (= he’s having a long period of bad luck or difficulty)
    9. No such luck.
    (= something good that could have happened, didn’t happen)
    10. What rotten luck!


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    Phrases for Worries & Relief




    1. I’m scared that…
    2. I can’t help thinking that…
    (use this for thoughts that you try to avoid, but they keep coming into your mind)
    3. It’s been keeping me up at night.
    (use this when you’re so worried about something that you can’t sleep)
    4. What if… ?
    5. Whew!
    6. Thank goodness!
    7. What a relief!
    8. You had me worried for a moment.
    9. You have no idea what a relief it is.
    10. That’s a huge load off my mind.

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    Phrases for Talking about the Future




    1. It’ll happen any day now.
    2. It’s right around the corner.
    3. …in the near future.
    4. It will/won’t happen in our lifetime.
    (= in the next 40-50 years)
    5. It’s a sign/taste of things to come.
    (= it indicates how things will be in the future)
    6. I’m counting down the days until…
    (= I’m excited about the future event, I can’t wait for it to happen)
    7. Sooner or later… / It’s bound to happen eventually.
    (= it will definitely happen sometime in the future)
    8. I’ll get around to it.
    (= I’ll do it sometime in the future, but I don’t know exactly when)
    9. I’ll do it right away. / I’ll get right on it.
    (= I’ll do it immediately)
    10. Time will tell.
    (in the future, we will know if something is true/false or good/bad)


    #1, #2, and #3 are used to say something will happen soon.


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