Some Common Expressions in English
This is one of the most common expressions used in English. OK means all right. OK is sometimes written as okay.
- ‘I’m sorry. I’m a little busy at the moment. I’ll talk to you later.’ ‘It’s OK. No problem.’
- ‘Are you okay?’
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’.
John: Could you lend me 100 rupees?
James: Of course not.
Of course not is also used to refuse permission.
John: Can I borrow your car tonight?
James: 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.
Stephen: 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.
Sure means ‘certain’.
Rahul: Excuse me. Can you help me?
Meera: Sure. What can I do for you?
Rahul: Do you know where the super market is?
Meera: There’s one just around the corner.
Rahul: Thank you.
More examples are given below.
- ‘Will you do me a favour?’ ‘Sure. What’s it?’
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.
As soon as possible
As soon as possible means ‘in the least amount of time’.
- We need to take him to the doctor as soon as possible.
- Please contact us with your latest resume as soon as possible.