What do you think of the whole… thing?
Use this phrase when you want to ask someone for their opinion on a topic.
Example: What do you think about the whole taxes thing?
This whole…. thing looks messed up
Use this phrase to talk about an issue/problem
Example: This whole virus thing looks messed up.
The thing is that
Use this phrase to explain something
Example: The thing is that I have a very important client meeting to attend so I can’t attend the party.
The funny thing is that
Use this phrase to talk about something that happens which is unexpected
Example: The funny is that I forgot to get my purse even though I knew I had to go shopping.
Here’s (here + is) the thing
Use this phrase to make an offer/ ask for a favor
Example: Here’s the thing I will give you 60% of the profit if you help me run the business.
How are things?
—use this phrase to ask how are you? Or how is everything?
Example: Hi peter, how are things?
Things are looking up
Use this phrase to say that everything is going well in life
Example: Things are looking up, I just got promoted and also bought a new house.
Things are pretty bad
Use this phrase when you are in a tough phase of life/things are not very good
Example: I just got fired, things are pretty bad right now, but I’ll be okay.
The great thing about …. is
Use this phrase to talk about something very positive
Example: I have just joined yoga class and the great thing about Yoga, is that it makes you feel so fresh.