Some everyday expressions in English
Of course means ‘without any doubt’ or ‘certainly’.
- ‘Can you help you?’ ‘Of course.’
- ‘Could you get me something to drink?’ ‘Of course.’
- ‘Do you know what I mean?’ ‘Of course.’
Of course is also used for giving permission in a polite way.
- ‘May I come in?’ ‘Of course you may.’
Of course not
Of course not means ‘no’.
Mark: Could you lend me 100 dollars?
Peter: Of course not.
Of course not is also used to refuse permission.
John: Can I borrow your car tonight?
Martin: Of course not. I need it.
That’s fine with me
This expression is used to say that you have no problems with something.
Mary: I’m giving away your old shirts to some charities.
Ricky: That’s fine with me. (= I have no problems with that.)
The expressions that’s fine by me and that’s okay with me also mean the same.
Certainly is also used to mean ‘yes’.
Customer: Can I try this shirt on?
Salesman: Certainly. The changing rooms are over there.
Customer: Thank you.
Sure means ‘certain’.
Jack: Excuse me. Can you help me?
Sophia: Sure. What can I do for you?
Jack: Do you know where the super market is?
Sophia: There’s one just around the corner.
Jack Thank you.
More examples are given below.
‘Will you do me a favour?’ ‘Sure. What’s it?’