Expressions

A list of common expressions that I want you to start using more


➡ approximately  
– What time are we meeting, approximately? 
➡ beforehand – 

– The exam starts at 9 am but make sure you arrive beforehand. 
➡ deliberately – 
– It wasn’t an accident! You deliberately threw that egg at me! 
– I was hit by the driver deliberately. 
(or: I was hit by the driver ON PURPOSE) 
➡ frankly – 
– Do you like me? 
– Frankly speaking, I hate you. 
➡ gradually  
– Your English is gradually getting better. But you need to practice more. 
(or: your English is getting better bit by bit) 
➡ incredibly  
– That game we played in class yesterday was incredibly pointless. 
➡ instantly  
– He was shot in the head and died instantly. 
➡ nevertheless  
-I know it’s raining but we should cook shashlik nevertheless! 
➡ partly  
– The fact that I love spending my time with chickens is only partly true. 
➡ precisely  
– We have an important meeting and it’s crucial to arrive precisely at 12 noon. 
➡ relatively – 
– School today was relatively boring. 

➡ slightly 
– Don’t worry, you only slightly burned dinner but we can still eat it. 
➡ utterly – 
-Today’s grammar lesson was utterly pointless.

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