Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* by far – by a large amount.
This is by far the worst birthday I’ve ever had.
* for hours/days/weeks on end – used for emphasizing how long sth continues.
He sits watching TV for hours on end.
* well and truly – completely.
My mental resources were well and truly put to the test.
* without a doubt – used to emphasize an opinion.
Without a doubt, she’s the strongest candidate we’ve interviewed for the post.
* just like that – suddenly, without warning or explanation.
The alarm went off, just like that.
* into the bargain – in addition to the things already mentioned.
It was very cold, and then rain and sleet were added into the bargain.
* ever such / ever so – very, really.
This is in ever such good condition.
* not just any – used to say that sb or sth is not ordinary, but is especially good or important.
He had an acting job at last, and not just any part, but the lead in a new film.
* no wonder – used to emphasize the fact that sth is not surprising.
No wonder you’re hungry; you didn’t have any breakfast.
* as it is – already (used to express concern that an amount or number will increase further.
Leave everything exactly/just as it is.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time!
Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford