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5 English Expressions YOU NEED TO KNOW! – Advanced English Vocabulary

today we’ll be looking at some advanced

English expressions these are very

commonly used in day-to-day English and

they’re very very commonly misunderstood

so it’s important that you learn them

and the best way to learn them is by you

creating examples your own examples of

these expressions write them on a piece

of paper or put them in the comments and

I’ll see them


okay for many many years people have

told me oh my god you haven’t read Harry

Potter but you’ve seen the movies

don’t you know there are so much in the

books it’s not in the movies you really

have to read the books yeah I know

I’m just rubbish one day I’ll read them

and for years I have had the intention

of reading Harry Potter finally today

I’m happy to announce I bought the first

book I know I know so when you have the

intention of doing something and then

you finally do it we have an expression

for that for me in my case I had the

intention for a very long time to read

Harry Potter now I finally do it I will

say I’m finally getting around or

getting around to reading Harry Potter

notice the grammar reading so that verb

whatever you do must have the ing form

just remember that is this always in

present continuous no do you need the

finally know let me give you examples

just a standard past tense sentence I

got around to reading Harry Potter you

know what I had some time last weekend

and I got round to reading Harry Potter

okay how about a negative sentence if

you’re like me I buy a book and then

four months but don’t read it it just

sits on my shelf so maybe after a few

months someone asks me oh my god have

you finished the Harry Potter books yet

the bit where the thing happens and the

guy comes in and then deliver the water

whoa whoa whoa no no I haven’t got

around to starting it yet

no spoilers no so we can see in a

negative sentence I haven’t got round or

around both are fine to starting

remember to put the in with the verb and

you’re good also a study tip when you’re

making your own examples of these

freshens it really helps with

memorization if your example is funny

scary or emotional in some way so make

your example more memorable when your

friend comes to you and they’re crying

oh my god I just broke up with my

boyfriend everything is terrible as a

good friend you might ask this question

oh my god how come these two words seem

very unrelated but together what do you

think they mean look at the context

that’s the best way of course it means

why did that happen or how did that

happen another example could be it’s

Friday night it’s about 10:30 you’re out

with your friends and you’re thinking

this is so boring

I really want to go home so you tell

your friends I’m going home

oh my god it’s 10:30 how come you’re

leaving because I’m sleepy and drinks

are expensive this is me every time I go

out so just remember that

howcome means how or why did this happen

or how or why is this happening so you

can change the tense when we talk about

going somewhere it is super common for

us to say it in this way as a verb to

head now we add a preposition after this

so let’s have a look at different

examples this guy is leaving when we

leave a place we say I’m heading off to

head off means to leave or go home

usually this guy is simply leaving the

house so he will say I’m heading out

where are you going to the shop to the

cinema it doesn’t matter

outside your house you’re heading out we

can expand this to be more specific I’m

heading out to see a friend very common


this guy he wants to enter the cool Club

how can we say enter guess the

preposition you probably know it let’s

head in that preposition in with head

means to enter a place so just remember

it’s the verb head with a preposition in

the preposition determines whether

you’re entering a place leaving your

house or you’re just going home or

you’re leaving in general when you have

an opportunity to do something or when

you are finally able to do something

then we have an expression for that for

example it’s been a difficult week

you’ve worked a lot this week you’ve

been super busy

you got no sleep you’re very tired but

this weekend I have the opportunity to

sleep I can sleep I’m finally able to

sleep how can he say that this weekend I

get to sleep Lots I have no

responsibilities my work is finished so

this expression get to do something you

have that opportunity to do the thing

grammatically get to plus infinitive so

that verb that won’t change let’s look

at another example of this she’s saying

last year I went to Spain with my class

that’s fine that’s a good sentence but

she wants to add emphasis to this

special event that she had the

opportunity for last year I got to go to

Spain with my class she’s adding

emphasis saying that this is not the

usual case I had a special opportunity I

was able to go to Spain with my class it

was special you can talk about special

opportunities that you have or that you

had in your life so for example for

example for me

in London I get to meet lots of

different people from lots of different

places in other cities that’s not

possible so again it’s this contrasting

idea of what usually happens with this

special opportunity how does this

expression work as a question or in a

negative sentence let’s have a look for

example your friend is talking about a

trip that they had oh my god last year I

went to London just for two days though

whoa did you get to see Camden get to

she’s asking did you have the

opportunity to see Camden and his reply

is a negative sentence no I didn’t get

to see anything fun

I didn’t have the opportunity I didn’t

have time for example managed to is our

last expression and in some cases it has

a very similar feeling to get to in some

context it means the same thing however

it is different to be more specific it

means something is very difficult but

you’re successful in doing it for

example that smells so good

I bought this today I’m a very slow

reader it takes me a long time to finish

a book because my attention span is a

squirrel so for example if I finish this

in one day that’s very unusual and for

me kind of difficult so how would I say

that I managed to finish the book in one

day look at the verb here we’ve got

infinitive again it’s quite common after

two to have an infinitive verb so that

just remember that won’t change and

again it just means it was difficult or

unusual to happen but I did it I was

successful how do we use this in a

negative let’s imagine that this guy he

really wants to see Beyonce in Kong

so he tries to buy tickets but of course

beyoncé tickets are very popular and he

was too late to get a ticket so he will

say I didn’t manage to get a ticket to

see Beyonce

it’s very sad again he says managed to

to put that emphasis to say it’s

difficult it’s difficult and I did do it

it’s difficult and I did not do it so I

hope you managed to learn all of today’s

expressions don’t worry if not one day

you will get round to learning them

remembering them and one day you’ll even

get to use them in conversation and when

that day comes make sure you head to

London so I can ask you how come you’re

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