8 Expressions That'll Make You Sound More Natural in American English

In this article, I’m going to teach you these 8 common words and expressions:

  1. Be about to
  2. Hideous
  3. Bent out of shape
  4. On the money
  5. What’s up with…
  6. Go off
  7. Get into
  8. To die for

1. Be about to

If you’re about to do something, you’re going to do it very soon. So we can say,

“I’m about to leave.”
“The movie is about to start.”
“He looks like he’s about to cry.” 

2. Hideous

When something is hideous, it’s very ugly. For example,

“The dress is hideous.”
“They built a hideous building in front of our house.”

We can also call an experience or an action hideous when it’s painful, unpleasant or evil. So we can say,

“The experience felt like a hideous nightmare.”
“The criminal was sentenced to life in prison for his hideous crimes.”

3. Bent out of shape

Literally, when an object is bent out of shape, it means that something distorted it or altered it, such as a hit or an accident. But this expression is rarely used literally. Most commonly, it’s American slang and it means angry, upset or annoyed. Let’s look at some common examples,

“They were bent out of shape because we were late.”
“She was bent out of shape because we didn’t invite her.”
“Don’t get all bent out of shape. I’m sure he didn’t mean to insult you.”

4. On the money

On the money is an informal American expression which means ‘exactly’ or ‘precisely’. Most commonly, we combine it with ‘right’ as in the following examples,

“I think what she said is right on the money.”
“She was right on the money when she told me that I should find a new job.”

5. What’s up with…

What’s up can be used sometimes as a kind of greeting. It’s another way to say, “What’s new?” and we usually respond with “Nothing much!”

But sometimes we use it when someone looks unhappy, worried or is just acting strange. For example, if your friend looks upset or is acting a little weird today, you can ask:

What’s up with you today? ”

Keep in mind that we can only use this expression with friends or with people who are close to us. Let’s look a few other examples,

What’s up with John lately?”
“Is something up with your sister? She looks really unhappy.”

We can also use it when a thing is not working properly. So we can say,

What’s up with your car? It’s making weird sounds.”

6. Go off

When a phone or an alarm goes off, it starts ringing. For example,

“I didn’t hear the alarm go off this morning.”
“I can’t believe my phone went off during my job interview!”

7. Get into

When we get into something, we become interested in it. So we can say, 

“How did you get into surfing?”
“I can’t get into this book because the first chapter is so boring.”

8. To die for

When something is so good that you want to have it, it’s to die for. It’s another way to say that something is delicious, irresistible or very attractive. For example,

“This cake is to die for!”
“Our hotel room had a view to die for!”

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