Here are 100+ basic English phrases for common situations in daily life! Learn these common English phrases so you can use them confidently in conversation.
English phrases in this lesson:
- 10 Ways to Say Hello and Goodbye
- 10 Informal Ways to Say Yes and No
- 10 Ways to Ask How Someone Is
- 10 Ways to Say How You Are
- 10 Ways to Say “Thank You”
- 10 Ways to Respond to “Thank You”
- 5 Phrases for Apologizing
- 5 Ways to Respond to an Apology
- 10 Phrases for Introductions
- 6 Ways to Show Interest
- 5 Ways to End a Conversation Politely
- 10 Phrases for Telephone Calls
- 10 Phrases for Asking for Information
- 5 Ways to Say “I don’t know”
- 10 Phrases for Asking for Someone’s Opinion & Giving Your Opinion
- 5 Phrases for Not Having an Opinion
- 10 Phrases for Agreeing
- 10 Phrases for Disagreeing
- 5 Phrases for Responding to Good News
- 5 Phrases for Responding to Bad News
- 10 Phrases for Invitations
- 5 Ways to Make & Respond to an Offer
- 6 Phrases for Talking About Future Plans
- 10 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes
- 5 Ways to Make a Suggestion
- 10 Phrases for Asking/Talking about Jobs
- 10 Phrases for Describing Relationships
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10 Ways to Say Hello and Goodbye
- (informal) Hey
- Hi there
- (informal) Howdy
- (informal) See ya later
- Take care
- Have a good one
- No way!
- How are you?
- How’s it going?
- How ya doin’?
- How are things?
- How’s life?
- How have you been?
- How’s your family?
- What’s up?
- What’s new?
- What have you been up to lately?
- I’m fine, thanks. How about you?
- Pretty good.
- Not bad.
- Couldn’t be better!
- Can’t complain.
- I’ve been busy.
- Same as always.
- Not so great.
- Could be better.
Note: The way to respond to “What’s up?” and “What’s new?” is typically “Not much.”
- Thanks a lot.
- Thank you so much.
- Thanks a million!
- Thanks for your help. / Thanks for helping me.
- I really appreciate it.
- I’m really grateful.
- That’s so kind of you.
- I can’t thank you enough.
(for extremely important things)
- I owe you one.
(this means you want/need to do a favor for the other person in the future)
- You’re welcome.
- No problem.
- No worries.
- Don’t mention it.
- My pleasure.
- It was the least I could do.
- Glad to help.
- Thank you.
(use this when you ALSO have something to thank the other person for)
- I’m sorry that… [ex. I was so rude yesterday]
- It’s my fault.
(= I am taking responsibility for the problem)
- Oops, sorry.
(for very small problems)
- I should have… [ex. called you and told you I’d be late]
- (formal) I apologize for… [ex. the delay]
- That’s OK.
- It happens.
- No problem.
- Don’t worry about it.
- I forgive you.
(for serious problems)
- I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m… [your name]
- I don’t think we’ve met before. My name’s… [your name]
- This is…
- I’d like you to meet…
- Have you met… ?
- I’d like to introduce you to…
- Nice to meet you.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you.
- And you.
#1 and #2 are used to introduce yourself; #3-#6 are used to introduce someone else.
#9 and #10 can be used as a response to #7 and #8.
- That’s interesting.
You can use these phrases to show the other person that you are listening.
- It was nice chatting with you.
- Well, it’s getting late.
- Anyway, I should get going.
- (formal) Sorry, but I’m afraid I need to…
- I’m sorry to cut you off, but I actually gotta run.
(cut you off = interrupt you)
- Hi, this is Jane.
- (formal) May I speak with John Smith?
- (informal) Is John there?
- I’m calling about…
- I’m returning your call.
- (formal) One moment, please.
- (informal) Hang on a sec.
- He’s not here. Would you like to leave a message?
- Could you ask him to call me back?
- Thanks for calling.
- Can you tell me…?
- Could you tell me…?
- I’d like to know…
- Do you know…
- Do you have any idea…?
- Could anyone tell me…?
(use this phrase when asking a group of people)
- Would you happen to know…?
- I don’t suppose you (would) know…?
- I was wondering…
- I’m calling to find out…
(use this phrase on the telephone)
Use #4, #5, #7, and #8 when you’re not sure if the other person has the information.
- I have no idea/clue.
- I can’t help you there.
- (informal) Beats me.
- I’m not really sure.
- I’ve been wondering that, too.
- What do you think about…?
- How do you feel about…?
- What’s your opinion of…?
- What are your views on…?
- In my opinion…
- I’d say…
- Personally, I think/believe…
- If you ask me…
- The way I see it…
- From my point of view…
- I’ve never given it much thought.
- I don’t have strong feelings either way.
- It doesn’t make any difference to me.
- I have no opinion on the matter.
- (very informal) Whatever.
- That’s so true.
- That’s for sure.
- I agree 100%
- I couldn’t agree with you more.
- That’s exactly what I think. / That’s exactly how I feel.
- (informal) Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!
- (informal) I’ll say!
- I suppose so.
(use this phrase for weak agreement – you agree, but reluctantly)
Note: Avoid the common error of saying “I’m agree” – the correct phrase is “I agree” or “I’m in agreement” – the second one is more formal.
- I don’t think so.
- I beg to differ.
- I’m afraid I don’t agree.
- I’m not so sure about that.
- That’s not how I see it.
- Not necessarily.
- Yes, but… [say your opinion]
- On the contrary.
- (very informal) No way!
- (very strong) I totally disagree.
- That’s great!
- How wonderful!
- I’m so happy for you!
- Oh no…
- That’s terrible.
- Poor you.
(Use this to respond to bad situations that are not too serious)
- I’m so sorry to hear that.
- I’m sorry for your loss.
(Use this only if someone has died)
- Are you free… [Saturday night?]
- Are you doing anything… [Saturday night?]
- Let me check my calendar.
- (informal) Do you wanna… [see a movie?]
- (formal) Would you like to… [join me for dinner?]
- I’d love to!
- Sounds great!
- I’d love to, but I have another commitment.
- I don’t think I can.
- Maybe another time.
- (more formal) Would you like a drink?
- (informal) Do you want some water?
- Can I get you something to eat?
- That’d be great, thanks.
- No, thanks. I’m OK.
- I’m going to…
- I’m planning to…
- I hope to…
- I’d like to…
- I might… / I may…
Click here for the difference between may and might
- I’m thinking about…
Click here for the different prepositions to use after “think”
- I love… [soccer]
- I’m really into… [soccer]
- I live for… [soccer]
- [soccer] is my thing.
- I’m crazy about… [soccer]
- I’m not a huge fan of… [modern art]
- [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea.
- I don’t really care for… [modern art]
- I’m not into… [modern art]
- I can’t stand… [modern art]
(this phrase expresses strong dislike)
- How about… [ex. trying something new]?
- Why don’t you… [ex. talk to your boss]?
- Maybe we should… [ex. do more research].
- I’d recommend… [ex. going to the doctor].
- Have you thought about… [ex. buying a new computer]?
- Where do you work?
- What do you do? / What do you do for a living?
- I work at… [Microsoft].
- I’m a/an… [accountant].
- I’m unemployed. / I’m between jobs at the moment.
- I’m looking for work.
- I’m a stay-at-home mom/dad.
- I run my own business.
- I’m a freelance… [writer/designer/etc.]
- I’m retired.
- I’m single.
- I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
- We’re engaged.
(= going to get married)
- We’re getting married in June.
- I’m married.
- I’ve been married for… [10 years].
- I’m divorced.
- I’m widowed.
(= my husband/wife has died)
- I’m not looking for anything serious.
- I’m not quite over my ex.
(= I still have feelings for my ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-husband/wife)