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:

After you!