no wonder - now I understand why
A: "Why is he so sad?"
B: "His wife just died."
A: "No wonder he's sad."
A: "This lamp doesn't work."
B: "You didn't plug it in!"
A: "No wonder it doesn't work!"
get through - make contact with someone by phone
John: "I tried to call you, but I couldn't get through."
Mary: "Sorry. I turned off my phone."
Don't call the bank at lunchtime. They are so busy. It's difficult to get through.
Can I put you on hold? - Please wait. Ask this during a phone call.
A: "Can I speak to the manager?"
B: "Can I put you on hold for a minute? I'll see if he's here."
A: "Hello, ABC Market? Do you have any fresh raspberries?"
B: "Can I put you on hold while I go and see if we have any left."
running short of time – getting close to a deadline
"I have to work late tonight. I need to finish a project, and I'm running short of time.
"I'd like to finish this meeting soon. Let's move on to the next point because we were running short of time."
that's K for Korea - Say this to help people understand the spelling of a word.
A: "What's your email address?"
B: "It's firstname.lastname@example.org. That's A for Africa, L for London, A for Africa, N for Norway, the number 76, at hotmail dot com."
A: "My address is 22 Elm Street."
B: "Sorry, what street?"
A: "Elm. That's E for England, L for London, M for Mexico."
in an hour - one hour after now
an hour later; NOT after an hour
"She hasn't arrived yet. She'll be here in 10 minutes."
"He is almost finished with high school. He will graduate in a few months."
ahead of / on / behind schedule - faster than planned / as planned / slower than planned
"Please drive faster. We are behind schedule."
A:"How's the project coming along?"
B: "Fine. Everything is on schedule."
tied up - busy doing something that you can't stop
A: "Can we meet today?"
B: "Sorry, I'll be tied up all day. How about tomorrow?"
"I'm tied up now, but I'll be free in an hour."
From Say it Better in English
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