What Are Some of the Most Commonly Used English Phrases?


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Some commonly used English phrases include everyday greetings such as "How are you?" and "What's going on?" which are met by the common responses, "I'm good," or "fine, thanks." Asides such as "by the way" are frequent, as are exclamations such as "come on" and directives such as "hold on," "wait a minute" and "let's go." Phrases used for clarification purposes, such as "in other words" or "as a matter of fact," are also common.

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Some common phrases indicate estimation or euphemism, such as "more or less," "so to speak," and "in a manner of speaking." Other phrases, such as "kind of" and "sort of," seek to equivocate. "Of course," "certainly" and "no problem" are common English phrases communicating an affirmation. "Thank you very much" and "I appreciate it" are popular phrases to express gratitude. A common phrase such as "on the other hand" indicates a counterpoint.

"Excuse me?" "What's your name?" and "Where are you from?" are commonly used interrogatives. "What do you think?" "What do you mean?" and "What happened?" are also high on that list. A common response is "I don't know" or, sometimes, "let me check." Oft-used farewells such as "have a nice day," "take care" and "see you later" also rank high on the common phrases list.

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