English for Everyday Situations


Here is a list of some common English phrases that can be used in everyday situations.

Situation: When you are late


Here are a few phrases you can use when you are late or can’t come at all.

Phrase 1: Sorry I’m late. My car broke down on the way.

Phrase 2: Sorry for the delay.

Phrase 3: Sorry to keep you waiting.

Phrase 4: I’m sorry, I couldn’t make it that day.

Phrase 5: I’m sorry, I couldn’t make it in time.

Phrase 6: I’m sorry, I got a little late.


Situation: Asking someone to wait

Here are a few phrases you can use to ask someone to wait.

Phrase 1: Hold on.

Phrase 2: Just wait.

Phrase 3: Hang on.

Phrase 4: Hold on a minute.

Phrase 5: Wait a minute / second. I’ll be right back.

Phrase 6: Just a minute / moment / second.

Phrase 7: Just a minute. I’m coming.


Other useful phrases

  1. Let me see.

This expression is used when you want some time to think before you can do something.

‘Have you got any letters for me?’ ‘Let me see.’

‘How much are you selling it for?’ ‘Well, let me see.’

  1. Bear with me/us

This is a polite way of asking someone to wait while you do something.

Bear with me until I finish this report.

  1. All in good time

This expression is used to ask someone to give you enough time to do something.

‘I’m starved! Isn’t dinner ready yet?’ ‘All in good time, dear, all in good time.’

  1. After you!

If you would like to let someone pass through a door in front of you, it is polite to say – After you!