about to (do something)
- to be on the point of doing something
I was about to leave when the phone rang.
according to (someone or something)
- as said or told by someone, in agreement with something, in the order of something, in proportion to something
According to our teacher, there will be no class next week.
We did everything according to the terms of ouragreement.
account for (something)
- to provide an explanation or answer for something
The bad weather accounts for the fact that few people came to the meeting.
- considering the fact that something happened, something that is usually assumed
"You don't need to phone him. After all, he never phones you."
all of a sudden
- suddenly, without advance warning
All of a sudden itbecame cloudy and began to rain.
as a matter of fact
"As a matter of fact, we have been to the history museum many times."
as far as
- to the extent or degree of something
As far as I know the movie will start in a few minutes.
- with regard to, concerning
"As for me, I think that I will return home now."
- in the same way that something would be, thatThe drink tastes as if it were made with orange juice.
It seemed as if the whole town came to the concert.
as long as
- provided that, on condition that
"As long as you promise to be careful you can borrow my car."
as soon as
- just after something, when
I phoned my friend as soon as I finished dinner.
- with regard to, according to
"As to your question, I will answer ittomorrow."
The players were put into groups as to their ability.
- in addition, also, too
I plan to take a computer course this summer as well.
as well as
- in addition to
"Please bring your swimming suit as well as your towel."
back and forth
- backwards and forwards, first one way and then the other way
The argument went back and forth before the judge made a decision.better off
- to be in a better situation than before
My friend would be better off if he sold his old car and bought a new one.
break down (something)
- to divide something into parts, to separate something into simpler substances
We tried to break down the problem for further study.
The sugar began to break down soon after it was swallowed.
- to separate, to divide into groupsor pieces, to put an end to something
Nobody wanted to break up their groups.
We usually break up into small groups during our class.
by the way (BTW)
"By the way, could you please bring your laptop computer tomorrow."
carry out (something)
- to put something into action, to accomplish something, to do something
The scientist wanted to carry out several experiments beforediscussing the new medicine.
- please, hurry, go faster
"Come on, I only have a few minutes before I must go."
"Come on, stop doing that."
- to happen unexpectedly
I will not be able to go to the party if something else comes up.
come up with (something)
- to produce or find a thought/idea/answer
I tried to come up with a name for the new magazine.
- to be concerned with something, to take action about something
We will deal with the boxes tomorrow.
end up (doing something or going somewhere)
- to do something that one had not planned to do, to go somewhere one had not planned to go
We ended up going to a restaurant after the movie last night.
figure out (someone or something)
- to try to understand someone or something,to solve something
I finally figured out how to use the new DVD player.
fill in (something)
- to write words in blank spaces
"Please fill in this form and give it to the receptionist."
find out (something)
- to learn or discover something
My mother is angry at me because she found out that I had quit my French class.
first of all
- the very first thing
First of all we prepared...