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Conversational Phrases/A

Conversational phrases beginning with A. Select a phrase for more details.

a bit much INFORMAL

You can say this if you think something's not fair or not reasonable.

a bit of a INFORMAL

You can add this to a description to make what you say sound more informal or colloquial.

about time (1) INFORMAL

You can say this if something's happened later, or taken longer, than it should have.

about time (2) INFORMAL

You can say this if you think it's time to do something.

after you FORMAL

A polite thing to say when you're letting somebody do something before you do, such as walk through a door or take salad from a bowl.

all in good time

You can say this if someone wants to do something before the normal or proper time.

all right (1)

You can say this instead of "yes" if you're accepting a suggestion or granting permission.

all right (2)

You can say this to make sure you've been understood, or to let someone know you've understood them.

all right (3)

You can say this if you're trying to comfort someone.

all right (4)

You can say this to get everyone's attention.

all right by me

You can say this if you agree with a suggestion or a request, but you know that others might not agree.

all the best

You can say this to wish someone good luck when you're saying good-bye.

all well and good

You can say this about something that's good, but not exactly what's need or not all that's needed.

allow me FORMAL

This is a polite thing to say when you're offering to help someone.

any luck? INFORMAL

You can ask this if you want to know if someone's been able to do or find something.

as a matter of fact

You can say this when you're adding information, or when you're correcting wrong information.

as far as I can tell

You can say this when telling someone what you think or believe is true, based on what you've deduced so far.

as far as I know

You can say this when telling someone what you know so far, when there could be other facts you don't know.

as far as I'm concerned

You can say this when giving your personal opinion or views about something.

as it happens

You can say this if something's true by chance, esp. if it's surprising.

as it is

You can say this instead of "already" when describing the way things are.

at it INFORMAL

You can say someone's "at it" if they're doing something you don't approve of, esp. if they often do it.

at least | at any rate (1)

You can say this when clarifying or changing what you've just said.

at least | at any rate (2)

You can use this when mentioning something positive in a generally negative situation or context.

at the end of the day British and Australian English INFORMAL

You can say this when stating the most important fact, or the most fundamental truth, of a situation.

at the same time

You can use this to introduce another fact or view that should be considered alongside those already mentioned.

Contributor: Matt Errey