Expressions and Idioms: 3 Phrases You Need to Use!

August 16, 2017 - Priscila Pereira

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Hey, friends!

How are you doing today? I hope you are enjoying my posts and I would love to get feedback from you. So, make sure to leave me a comment at the end of this post, ok?

But here we go! I love writing posts about expressions and idioms. My main goal with this kind of post is to help you sound more a like a native speaker. I wanna teach you the expressions and idioms native speakers use all the time that you should start using too! In this post, I will show you 3 phrases you need to use.

What kind of phrases?

You may be wondering that! Everyday phrases. Things we say during casual conversations or even at work if that’s the case.

So, let’s get started! I will show you the expression, teach you the meaning and give you examples of how to use these phrases, ok? If you have questions, you can always leave me a comment! I would love to help you out.

Make yourself at home

This expression is used when you “receive” someone at your house, a guest. When your friend visits you at your place, when they enter the house you can say: Hey, Make yourself at home, ok? The idea of this expression is to welcome the visitor and tell him/her to feel comfortable around the house.

Jack: Hey, Sam how you doing?

Sam: Hey, all good man! It’s good to see you

Jack: Come on in! Make yourself at home ok? I will get us some beer.

In this case, Jack is telling Sam to feel comfortable and relax while he (Jack) is probably going to the kitchen to get a beer.


Sam: hey, Jack Can I use your phone?

Jack: Sure man, make yourself at home!


In this case, I’m giving the same idea, but notice that Sam is asking Jack if he can use the phone.


I see your point

This is a very nice expression that we use to say that we understand people’s opinions and feelings. Check out the example below:

Lucy: If we spend all our extra money on this car, we won’t be able to travel in December!

Peter: I see your point babe, but our car is really old. We can’t drive that piece of crap anymore!

In this example, Lucy is telling Peter her opinion about how to spend the extra money they have. She thinks it is a bad idea. Peter starts by saying he “understands her opinion” (he sees her point), but he believes it is very important that they buy the new car.


Can Afford/Can’t afford something

This is a very nice way to say you have the money or do NOT have the money to pay for something.  Most native speakers use this verb in “negative” sentences (to say they do NOT have the money to buy something)

At a store:

Lucy: Oh, this jacket is so beautiful! How much is it?

Saleswoman: It is USD400,00. 

Lucy: Oh my God! I can’t afford that. Oh well!Thanks, anyways

In this case, Lucy cannot afford (she cannot pay for) that jacket, because it is too expensive!

I cannot afford a Ferrari. I can’t have/pay for a Ferrari. I don’t have the money, the financial conditions to pay for this car.

Peter cannot afford a house on the beach. – He doesn’t have money to buy a house on the beach. He cannot pay for a house on the beach


There you go! Now you have 3 cool expressions to use in everyday conversations. They are simple and very commonly used by native speakers!

Did you know these expressions?

Let me know in the comments

Teacher Prix



Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

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