2. Common Expressions (2)

2. Common Expressions (2)

Bill and Sam set off

Main practice:   Common Expressions  
Revision:             make sense  -  set off  -  good point  -  anyway  -  run out of 

coming up for + time - (informal) approaching that time, i.e.
It's coming up for ten. (It's nearly ten o'clock.)

good point
  -  the speaker agrees with what the listener has said, i.e.
-  I wouldn't visit the inner city, the pollution is very bad.
-  Good point. We'll stay in the suburbs and visit the small towns.

kidding - (informal) joking, i.e.
- I lent him a hundred pounds.
- What?!?
- Just kidding, I lent him five pounds.

sick and tired of   - irritated; annoyed, i.e.
  • I'm sick and tired of this weather, it's rained for days now.
  • She's sick and tired of her son's behaviour: he uses the house like a hotel and never cooks for himself or helps clean and tidy up.

never mind
  -  don't worry about it; it doesn't matter, i.e.
- We've missed the bus.
- Never mind, there'll be another one in ten minutes.
  • John's very *laid back, he never minds if I'm late.

*informal = relaxed.

make sense  -  if something makes sense it is understandable, coherent, or sensible, i.e. 
  • The instructions for building this book-shelf make no sense.
  • It makes no sense to take the nine o'clock train when the meeting doesn't start until twelve, let's take the ten-thirty.
  • The book didn't make sense to me: I couldn't understand any of his ideas.

to be honest   - this is my honest opinion; often when the speaker is reluctant or feels
                               awkward giving that opinion,  i.e.
- How is Susan doing at school?
- Well, to be honest, not very well. She's not happy there, we're looking for a new school
   for her.

-  Are you pleased Ann got the job?
-  To be honest, no, she won't get home until eight in the evening. It's going to be a very
    long and tiring day for her.

sharp  -  when used with ‘time' this means ‘exactly', i.e.
  • I'll see you at three sharp.
 (exactly three o'clock) 

set off - (Phrasal Verb) to start a journey, i.e.
  • They set off to climb the mountain at seven o'clock. I hope they had warm clothing and the right equipment.
  • He always sets off for work early because the traffic is so bad.


Bill and Sam are taking a weekend break in a beautiful part of Cornwall in south-west England. They're going on a walk. Bill can't understand the map but Sam says it doesn't matter. 

Complete the sentences.

Sam:   Come on, let's .

Bill:    But I can't this map.

Sam:   Oh, the map, let's just walk; everywhere around here's beautiful,
             it doesn't matter where we go.

Bill:    Yes, you're right. It is so beautiful, isn't it? You know, I think we should leave
             Downhaven and move down here.

Sam:   You're kidding?

Bill:    Mmmm.... Well, maybe not, I'm the city.
             It would be nice to live in a quiet place, away from the noise and traffic.

Sam:   And what about our jobs?

Bill:    We could open a guest house, like Mrs Dukes.

Sam:   And Tim is happy at his school.

Bill:    Mmm, good point. It wasn't a very serious idea, anyway.

Sam:   Come on, let's go: it's coming up for four and Mrs Dukes said dinner is at
             six .


Complete the sentences.

to be honest  -  never mind  -  sharp   -  make sense of  -  sick and tired of  

1.  No, I don't want to watch TV. I'm watching TV, let's go for a walk.  

2.  - Oh, we've *run out of pasta.
     - , we can use potatoes. 

3.  - Have you *set up your computer yet?
     - No, I can't the instructions, can you help me?

4.  -  What do you think of my new shirt?
     -  Well, orange doesn't look good on you. You should change it.

5.  Remember, the meeting starts at two, , don't be late.

* Phrasal Verbs:  run out of   -  to not have any left
                               set up         -  to prepare a piece of equipment ready to work