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Top 25 English Words & Phrases

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Here is a list of 25 common English words and phrases which are used daily by English speakers across the world! You are likely to hear these words in everyday conversations and dialogues happening around you in the English language.

Hello

Hello is popularly used as a greeting, you can greet someone by saying "Hello". You can greet your friends, your family, and your co-workers just by saying this simple phrase "Hello".

Hey! Hi, what's up? Hello!!

Good Morning

Good morning is a greeting which is used in the mornings. You say "Good morning" to wish anyone during the first part of the day (before 12 pm). Good morning is nice and polite, however, you can just say "Morning" to your close friends or close co-workers!

Goodnight

Goodnight is used to say goodbye to others at night time, especially to your close family and friends. Often parents wish their children "Good Night" before putting them to bed. You can say it to a close friend over the phone on through WhatsApp if you have known each other well and have been talking for a while!

Goodbye

You say "Goodbye" when you are leaving your friends or family. You can also say "Bye", "Takecare", "Have a nice day"!

I'm + (Your Name)

This is a way to introduce yourself. You can say "Hi, I'm (your name) nice to meet you!" when you meet anyone for the first time.

What's your name?

This is used to ask someone else what their name is. If you are meeting someone for the first time you can say "Hi, nice to meet you! What's your name?", or if you have forgotten someone's name, you can say "Sorry, what's your name again?".

Nice to meet you!

You can say this to anyone new you have just met! You can say "it was nice to meet you" or you could say "it was good to meet you" in a casual setting. "Great to meet you" is when you are excited to meet someone! "It was a pleasure to meet you" is in a formal or business setting!

How are you?

"How are you?" is a friendly way of checking in with another person. You can use it with your friends, family, co-workers or even your boss to some extent. You may also hear "How are ya?" or "How are you doing?" which are other variations of the same.

I'm fine, thanks! And you?

When someone asks you "How are you?", you reply by saying "I'm fine, thanks! And you?" You can also say:

"I'm fine, thank you. And you?"
"I'm fine thanks! How are you?"
"I'm good thanks! And you?"

Please!

Please is a polite phrase which is used when you want something from someone else. For example, you could say "Can I please use your phone to make an urgent call? My phone is out of charge!"

You can also use it as a response when someone offers you something. For example, if someone says to you "Would you like to use my phone to make any important calls as your phones our of charge?" You can say "Oh, please! Thank you so much!"

Thank you!

Thank you is used to expressing your appreciation. You can say "Thank you" to everybody!

You're welcome!

When someone says "Thank you" to you, you can respond by saying "You're welcome!" You may also hear "No problem" or "No big deal".

Yes!

Yes is a sign of agreement. A positive expression of an answer. If someone asks you a question and if the answer is a positive answer, you say "Yes!". You may also hear "Yup", "Yeah" "Oui".

No!

No is a negative response to something. When you have to give a negative answer, you say "No!". You may also hear "Nope", "Not really", "no, I don't think so".

OK

OK is used to agree with somebody else. It can also be used in transitioning from one topic to another. For example: "OK, now we are going to talk about...."

Excuse me!

It is used to get someone's attention when you don't know the other person. For example in a store or on the streets.

If you need to approach a stranger on the street to get directions, then you can say "excuse me, can you tell me which way to the nearest subway?"

If you have done anything rude in public, then you can say "Excuse me!".

I'm sorry!

I'm sorry is used to apologize when you have made a mistake or when someone you know has made a mistake and you are somehow connected to it.

If you feel bad about something that has happened to someone, you can say "I'm sorry".

What time is it?

When you need to check the time with someone, you say "What time is it?". It can also be said to yourself, when you have been at a task for hours, you can say "What time is it? as you look at the clock!

Where is the + Location?

Where is the... is used for a building or a location like a station. It cannot be used for cities or countries. You can use it to ask important questions, for example you can ask "Where is the bathroom?" or "Where is the milk section?" if you are looking for milk in a supermarket. However, it wouldn't be right if you asked "Where is the New York?", the correct phrase is "Where is New York?".

May I use the restroom?

May I use the restroom is a polite and soft expression that you can use if you want to use the toilet or the washroom, especially if you are at someone's home for the first time. You may also hear "May I go to the bathroom?" which is more casual.

I would like to order [Something]

You could say this at a restaurant or any other place where you would like to place an order for something. For example you can say "I would like to order 2 hotdogs please".

Can I get the check, please?

This is used at a restaurant, when you have finished your meal and it is the time to leave, you can say "Can I get the check, please?". More casually you can just say "Check please!".

See you soon!

See you soon is used between friends and family members after saying goodbye and when you expect to see them again. It is usually said just before parting ways and going in separate directions.

See you later...

See you later is similar to see you soon, the only difference is that if you say "See you later", then you are likely to see the person again the same day, but a little while later.

Really?

This word is used between conversations to show whether or not you are interested in the topic.


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