English for everyday situations
In this lesson, we will learn some common English phrases that can be used in everyday situations.
When you are late
Here are a few phrases you can use when you are late or can’t come at all.
- Sorry I’m late. My car broke down on the way.
- Sorry for the delay.
- Sorry to keep you waiting.
- I’m sorry, I couldn’t make it that day.
- I’m sorry, I couldn’t make it in time.
- I’m sorry, I got a little late.
Asking someone to wait
Here are a few phrases you can use to ask someone to wait.
- Hold on.
- Just wait.
- Hang on.
- Hold on a minute.
- Wait a minute / second. I’ll be right back.
- Just a minute / moment / second.
- Just a minute. I’m coming.
Other useful phrases
Let me see.
This expression is used when you want some time to think before you can do something.
- ‘Have you got any letters for me?’ ‘Let me see.’
- ‘How much are you selling it for?’ ‘Well, let me see.’
Bear with me/us
This is a polite way of asking someone to wait while you do something.
Bear with me until I finish this report.
All in good time
This expression is used to ask someone to give you enough time to do something.
- ‘I’m starved! Isn’t dinner ready yet?’ ‘All in good time, dear, all in good time.’
If you would like to let someone pass through a door in front of you, it is polite to say: