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What are the most common English phrases?

Anonymous asked on Jul 29,2019   English Grammar 120
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20 Common English Phrases and How to Use Them

In this answer, we will look upon some common phrases that are useful in everyday life. Using these phrases would help you to speak like a native speaker even before you reach to learn advanced level of English. But, only reading these phrases and understanding their meaning will not help you until and unless you use it in your daily conversation. 


Below are 20 common English phrases. Try to learn at least two of them every day. If you are reading any phrase for the first time, then you need to say it aloud for about three to four times. Once you are done, then you must follow the below steps:


  • Imagine a situation where you can use the phrase. Practice saying these phrases in different situations. Picture yourself saying these phrases.

  • Look for these phrases in newspapers, movies, blogs or TV programs. Try to figure out the correct use of these phrases.

  • Then use these in writing whether it be a Twitter or Facebook post or make the frequent use of these phrases while texting or chatting with friends.

  • Finally, use it 4-5 times in your real conversations.

 20 most basic phrases, you can use frequently in conversation:


  1. Thanks so much.

The simplest sentence which is used commonly to thank someone. For example:

  • Thanks so much for coming over.
  • Thanks so much for the birthday gift.

  1. Excuse me:

You can say these phrases for polite seeking of attention. For example:

  • Excuse me, can you please listen to me.
  • Excuse me, did you see my wallet.

These phrases can also be used when you need to pass, but someone is blocking the way.


  1. I’m sorry:

You can use this phrase to apologize to someone for your mistake, whether it’s small or big. You can add ‘for’ to add further details.

  • I’m sorry for guiding you wrong.
  • I’m sorry sir, for not coming on time.

  1. Nice to meet you:

It’s a good gesture to use the phrase when you meet with the person for the first time. For example:

  • Hi Johanna, I’m Chad. Nice to meet you.

  1. I really appreciate:

The phrase can be used to thank someone. For example, you can say:

  • I really appreciate your efforts, you took for me.
  • Thanks for inviting me to dinner, I really appreciate it.

  1. Looking forward for/to:

You can use this phrase to show your expectations. For example:

  • Nice to meet you, I am looking forward to meeting you again.
  • I am looking forward for your kind response.

  1. What do you think:

You can use this phrase when you want to have other’s opinion about the topic. For example:

  • The paint on the wall should be light blue, what do you think?
  • What do you think about the latest trend which is going viral?

  1. What do you mean?

When you are following someone word to word but do not understand the actual meaning, in that case you can use this phrase to clear your confusion. For example:

  • What did you mean by your conversation, last night? I didn’t understand because I was sleepy at that time.

  1. How does that sound?

Use this phrase when you want to know, how others would respond to your plan or idea. For example:

  • We will go out for shopping, after that we will have lunch. How does that sound?
  • Let’s make the party more exciting by setting up some unique theme. How does that sound?

  1. That sounds great:

If you want to respond to phrase 9 above, in a positive manner, you can use this phrase. For example:

  • A. My mom has prepared a delicious meal. We will go to my place after class. How does that sound?

B. That sounds amazing.

  1. Hi, I’m [Name]:

This phrase can be used as an informal greeting or where you want to start a conversation with the person whom you are meeting for the first time. You can further extend the conversation by asking, ‘And you’? or ‘And what’s your name’? For example:

  • Hi, I’m Johanna. And you?

  1. It’s a request to:

You can use the phrase informal conversation when you are going to request someone. For example:

  • It is a request to pay before Wednesday so that I can use the money for my monthly expenses. 
  1. (oh) never mind:

You can use this phrase when you are trying to explain again and again but someone doesn’t do what you have explained, and you just want to stop. For example:

  • Oh, never mind, let’s talk about something else.

You can also use ‘never mind’ when you mean ‘it doesn’t matter’ or ‘just forget it’. You need to say it with a slightly positive tone.

  • A. Are you going to the town today?

B. No, but why did you ask? Do you want anything from town?

A. Oh, never mind. It’s ok. I will go by myself tomorrow.


  1. See you: 

You can use this phrase while saying goodbye to someone. Adding this phrase will show your willingness to meet again with the person.

  • It was very nice to meet you. See you again.
  • Let’s end the class here. See you tomorrow at the same time.

  1. How can I help you?

You will use the phrase frequently if you work in customer service. You can also use this phrase while answering a phone call. For example:

  • Hey, this is Johanna here. How can I help you, ma’am?

  1. What do you do?

Normally, this question seems to be boring to use. But you must know the meaning of it, in case someone asks the question. This phrase means what do you do for a living? (What is your job?)

  • A. What do you do Rebecca?

 B. I am working as a finance manager in a multi-national company.


  1. I’m just about to:

When you are going to start something, you can use this phrase. For example: 

  • I was just about to call when the bell rang.
  • I am just about to send her text messages. 

  1. `Thank you, it helped a lot:

This phrase is used to show gratitude to someone.  This phrase can be used in many situations. For example:

  • Hey Sara! Thank you for the book. It helped me a lot.

  1.   Would you like to have [noun]?

The phrase is used when you are offering something to someone. However, it is commonly used when you are entertaining your guests. For example:

  • Would you like to have a cup of coffee?
  • I have a bunch of science fiction books; would you like to have one?

  1. I will be there:

This phrase is used to show confirmation that you have accepted their invitation. You can also add ‘in a moment’ or ‘in a minute’ in the phone call or text message to ensure your presence. For example:

  • I am done with the meeting, will be there in a minute.
  • I have received your wedding card, I will be there on time. 

These are some common phrases that one can use in daily conversation. Frequent use of these will help you practice more and you will have complete command over the above phrases. 

By Tom coves, 7 months ago