Common Colloquial Expressions for ESL Learners
Expressing an opinion
As I see it
e.g. As I see it, the cold weather is going to stay for some time.
If you ask me
e.g. If you ask me, the weather is extremely cold and frigid.
The way I look at it
e.g. The way I look at it, gas price is going to go up again.
Expressing reassurance and support
We can get to the bottom of this.
e.g. Trust me, we can get to the bottom of this.
You're doing the best you can
e.g. Believe me, you're doing the best you can.
Expressing an alternative
All that's left
e.g. All that's left is to declare bankruptcy.
If all else fails
e.g. If all else fails, you can turn to your parents for financial support.
If nothing else works
e.g. If nothing else works, go on a fast to lose those extra pounds.
Just a heads-up
e.g. Just a heads-up: don't go to that neighborhood at night all by yourself..
You’d better not
e.g. You'd better not put all your money on that stock; it's like putting all your eggs in one basket.
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