Common colloquial expressions for ESL learners
Expressing an opinion
As I see it
e.g. As I see it, this cold weather is going to stay for some time even though spring has officially come.
e.g. Well, as I see it, Trump will become the presidential nominee.
If you ask me
e.g. If you ask me, the weather is extremely cold and frigid.
e.g You're all wrong, if you ask me.
The way I look at it
e.g. The way I look at it, gas price is going to go up again.
e.g. They're going to get married, whether you like it or not; that's the way I look at it.
Expressing reassurance and support
Get to the bottom of this.
e.g. Trust me, we can get to the bottom of this, and find out who is really behind this.
e.g. Don't worry; we'll get to the bottom of this. Just leave it to us!
You're doing the best you can
e.g. Trust me, you're doing the best you can.
e.g. You'll ace it; you're doing the best you can.
Expressing an alternative
All that's left
e.g. All that's left is to declare bankruptcy; you've no other option.
e.g. Take it or leave it; that's all that's left.
If all else fails
e.g. If all else fails, turn to your parents for financial help.
e.g. Talk to the manager. If all else fails, resign and look for another job.
If nothing else works
e.g. If nothing else works, go on a fast to lose those extra pounds.
e.g. You're doing the best you can. If nothing else works, just leave it to God.
Just a heads-up
e.g. Just a heads-up: don't go to that neighborhood at night all by yourself.
e.g. He's not an honest guy. Just a heads-up if you go out with him.
e.g. You'd better not put all your money on that stock; it's like putting all your eggs in one basket.
e.g. He is very persuasive and untrustworthy. You'd better not believe every word he says.
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