Advanced English Expressions For Daily Use

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Learn advanced English expressions for daily use. These phrases are used by natives on a daily basis to expand and enrich your vocabulary.

Learn common English expressions for daily conversation. This is the best place to start learning the English language and improving your speaking skills.

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Advanced English Expressions For Daily Use

In our advanced English lesson today, we’re looking at advanced expressions that we can use in daily use.

With these advanced expressions, you’re going to be able to improve your vocabulary and your English speaking.

I have 10 expressions for you in total, and I’ll go through them one by one.

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take sth/sb for granted

Meaning: to assume that something or someone will always be there


We shouldn’t take it for granted that the government will always be there to help us when there are problems with fuel costs.

It’s easy to take your parents for granted.

having said that…

Meaning: you are going to say something which will disagree with what you said a moment ago


I think we need to get ready for a really difficult time over the next few months. Having said that, the sales in the year to date have been really good.

We might have to do some overtime. Having said that, I would like to remind you that we’re not going to ask you to cancel the holidays.

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have something in mind

Meaning: it’s a suggestion that we want to make, it’s an idea we want to raise or introduce


Have you something in mind? Have you got something to suggest?

That’ll be a great idea. Do you have something in mind?

on the point of…

Meaning: just about to do something


Well, I was just on the point of wrapping up for the day and leaving. But if it’s quick, yes, certainly come in, and we’ll have a talk.

Ah, I was just on the point of calling you. You got to me first. I’ll be there in 10 minutes.

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keep an eye on…

Meaning: to watch someone or something


Can you keep an eye on the soup in case it boils over?

Can you keep an eye on the kids? They are out in the garden.

We should keep an eye on the weather. We might need to think of something indoors.

by no means

Meaning: we use it to emphasise a negative statement


It is by no means certain that the team is going to survive this year.

It is by no means certain that I’ll get that promotion.

It is by no means certain that we’ll get through his winter without any problems.

turn out to be (something)

Meaning: to develop in a particular way in the end


Things can turn out to be a little different than we expected.

The weather has turned out to be great. We don’t even need those heavy jackets.

That meal has turned out to be wonderful. It was really tasty.

It’s turned out to be really good. Those colours really go well together.

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contrary to popular belief

Meaning: going against what many people think


Contrary to popular belief, our Prime Minister is actually quite a hard-working individual.

Contrary to popular belief, the manager of the football team has really made a difference.

Contrary to popular belief, I actually can cook pretty well.

taken aback

Meaning: we are surprised in a negative way


I was really taken aback by the company announcement that they were going to cut over 1,000 jobs.

I was taken aback by their reaction, everybody was so negative.

I was taken aback by the view of the city. It was really dark, dull, depressing, and poor.

keep in touch

Meaning: to stay in contact with someone


Please keep in touch, and let me know how things are going.

I’ll keep in touch with you when things develop.

Okay, so there are 10 well-used well-known daily expressions,  and they’re at that advanced level. So you can try and practice them, drop them into your conversations, and see how you get on. Make sure you understand them.

Let me give them to you one more time, advanced English expressions for daily use:

  • take something for granted
  • having said that
  • have something in mind
  • on the point of it
  • to keep an eye on…
  • by no means
  • turn out to be
  • contrary to popular belief
  • to be taken aback
  • keep in touch

And as always, you know the drill. If there’s something in particular that you want more information on, just come back to me, and I’ll give you some other examples.

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I really, really appreciate you watching this video and looking around and the lesson and I look forward to join you again soon when we have another lesson. That’s Harry saying goodbye for now.

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more information

For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

Advanced English adjectives for describing the weather

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