Using informal English expressions.

The English language is simply not one set of words which can be used the same way in all situations. There are variety of different ways to arrange words. This means that there are many ways to say the same thing, depending on where you are, who you are talking to, and how you feel.

You realize that you do not talk to a friend in the same way you would talk to your friends mother. You do not talk to a bartender the same way you would talk to your boss.

One of the main factors which determine which words and structures are appropriate is the degree of formality of the situation in which you are using the language. In this lesson, we will be examining the specific vocabulary and structures used in informal situations.

I’ll say –

Used to say – I strongly agree.
Example – Did you enjoy the film?-I’ll say.
This phrase is generally used alone and for emphasis.

Fat Chance –

A very poor chance.
Example :Fat chance I’ll ever get a new car.

I rest my case –

Something that you say when someone says or does something that proves the truth of something you have just said.

Example – ‘It’s time Natasha left home, or she’ll never learn to be independent.’ ‘She doesn’t even know how to boil an egg.’ ‘I rest my case.’

What’s the catch-

A question regarding the condition that is expected to follow a generous favor; “catch” could also be used individually as a term for a condition.
Example –
Scott: Hey man, my boss got us two free tickets to see the Lakers game.
Joe: What’s the catch?

Good call –

Used to express approval (or criticism) of a person’s decision or suggestion.
Example – “So you asked her to leave? Good call”

Take your pick –

To choose what you want.
Example- We’ve got tea, coffee, or hot chocolate – take your pick.

Make yourself at home.-

Please make yourself comfortable in my home. (Also a signal that a guest can be less formal.)
Example – Please come in and make yourself at home.

It’s a small world-

Said when a coincidence happens resulting from people knowing each other or meeting each other in unexpected circumstances..
Example: I never thought I’d run into Samantha at a movie theater -it’s a small world.

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