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I’m having a hard time + (verb-ing) By stating you are having a hard time you are letting someone know you are having difficulty with something. This could be something physical or mental and something that could be overcome with effort. Here are some examples: “I’m having a […]

English Speaking – 38 – I’m having a hard time + (verb-ing)


It’s hard for me to + (verb) When saying that something is ‘hard for me’ you are informing someone that what you are talking about is difficult or challenging for you. Here are some examples: “It’s hard for me to accept what you are telling me.” “It’s hard […]

English Speaking – 37 – It’s hard for me to + (verb)


It’s my turn to + (verb) The word ‘It’s’ is a contraction of the words ‘it is.’ When stating ‘my turn’ you are telling someone that it is time to change position or position focuses on to you. Here are some examples: “It’s my turn to walk you […]

English Speaking – 36 – It’s my turn to + (verb)



I’m dying to + (verb) When using the word ‘dying’ in this manner you are referring to wanting or desiring something greatly. Here are some examples: “I’m dying to relax on the beach.” “I’m dying to pick some fresh fruit.” “I’m dying to order some desserts.” “I’m dying […]

English Speaking – 35 – I’m dying to + (verb)


I’ll help you + (verb) This lets you inform someone that you are willing to provide assistance. This could refer to something physical or mental, like helping someone to ‘think’ or ‘remember’ something. Here are some examples: “I’ll help you cook dinner tonight.” “I’ll help you raise money […]

English Speaking – 34 – I’ll help you + (verb)


I’m thinking of + (verb-ing) Thinking’ refers to a process of thought, forming an opinion or judgment. When expressing ‘I am thinking of’ you are letting someone know what you are personally thinking. Here are some examples: “I’m thinking of checking out the new movie.” “I’m thinking of […]

English Speaking – 33 – I’m thinking of + (verb-ing)



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I’m sorry to + (verb) Saying you are ‘sorry to’ expresses a feeling of sympathy or regret. Here are some examples: “I’m sorry to be so late.” “I’m sorry to hear about your sick mother.” “I’m sorry to waste your time.” “I’m sorry to make you feel so […]

English Speaking – 32 – I’m sorry to + (verb)


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I’m working on + (noun) I’m’ is a contraction for the words ‘I am.’ The phrase ‘working on’ relays a physical or mental effort towards an accomplishment. Here are some examples: “I’m working on a big project.” “I’m working on training my dog.” “I’m working on making new […]

English Speaking – 31 – I’m working on + (noun)


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I’m calling to + (verb) When using the words ‘I’m calling’ you are stating that you are actually using the phone to call and relay information. Here are some examples: “I’m calling to tell you about my day.” “I’m calling to accept your invitation.” “I’m calling to answer […]

English Speaking – 30 – I’m calling to + (verb)



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I’m looking forward to When telling someone that you are ‘looking forward to’ you are saying that you are waiting or hoping for something, especially with pleasure. Here are some examples: “I’m looking forward to meeting you.” “I’m looking forward to talking with you.” “I’m looking forward to […]

English Speaking – 29 – I’m looking forward to


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I have something + (verb) When using the expression ‘I have something’ you are communicating that you possess something or need to do something that is unspecified or undetermined. Here are some examples: “I have something to complete.” “I have something to share with you.” “I have something […]

English Speaking – 28 – I have something + (verb)


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I’m here to + (verb) You are informing someone that you are at a particular place to accomplish something. Here are some examples: “I’m here to apply for the job.” “I’m here to take a test.” “I’m here to receive my gift.” “I’m here to support all your […]

English Speaking – 27 – I’m here to + (verb)



I want you to + (verb) I want you to’ is telling someone that you have a desire or would like for them to do something. Here are some examples: “I want you to clean the dishes.” “I want you to come home right after school.” “I want […]

English Speaking – 26 – I want you to + (verb)


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I’m not used to + (verb-ing) Here you are using ‘not used to’ to inform someone that you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with a topic at hand. Here are some examples: “I’m not used to talking English.” “I’m not used to studying so much.” “I’m not used to […]

English Speaking – 25 – I’m not used to + (verb-ing)


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I was busy + (verb-ing) When using the word ‘was’, you are referring to something in a past tense, or something that happened before. Combining it with the word ‘busy’ you can express something that was occupying you in a past time. Here are some examples: “I was […]

English Speaking – 24 – I was busy + (verb-ing)



I can’t help + (verb-ing) The word ‘can’t’ is contraction for ‘cannot.’ Combined with ‘help’ you are communicating something you are unable to control or having a hard time gaining a grasp for. This can be a physical or mental action. Here are some examples: “I can’t help […]

English Speaking – 23 – I can’t help + (verb-ing)


I feel like + (verb-ing) Here you are expressing to someone something you would enjoy doing. Here are some examples: “I feel like going for a bike ride.” “I feel like going to the beach.” “I feel like having a snack.” “I feel like talking.” “I feel like […]

English Speaking – 22 – I feel like + (verb-ing)


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I’d rather + (verb) I’d’ is a contraction of the words ‘I had’ or ‘I would.’ When using it with the word ‘rather’ you are suggesting you would like to do or prefer one thing more than another. Here are some examples: “I’d rather talk about this later.” […]

English Speaking – 21 – I’d rather + (verb)



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I promise not to + (verb) When using the word ‘promise’ you are giving your word that what you are saying is true. You might also be assuring someone a guarantee that you will follow thru on what you are saying to them. When using ‘promise not to’ […]

English Speaking – 20 – I promise not to + (verb)


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I don’t have time to + (verb) The word ‘don’t’ is a contraction of the words ‘do not.’ When adding ‘have time to’ you are simply stating that you have other obligations and all other things considered must wait. Here are some examples: “I don’t have time to […]

English Speaking – 19 – I don’t have time to + (verb)


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I didn’t mean to + (verb) The word ‘didn’t’ is a contraction of the words ‘did not’. When using it in a sentence with the words ‘mean to’ you are informing someone that you did something you regret or are sorry for. This could have been a physical, […]

English Speaking – 18 – I didn’t mean to + (verb)



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I was about to + (verb) When stating ‘I was about to’ you are informing someone that you were going to do something, but another event prevented you from doing it. It is similar to ‘I am about to’ but the difference is that you will not do […]

English Speaking – 17 – I was about to + (verb)


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I’ve decided to + (verb) I’ve’ is short for ‘I have’ and including the word ‘decided’ you are stating that you have made a decision or come to a conclusion. Here are some examples: “I’ve decided to accept the job.” “I’ve decided to complete my degree.” “I’ve decided […]

English Speaking – 16 – I’ve decided to + (verb)


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I plan to + (verb) Plan to’ describes something that you would like to do in the near future. Here are some examples: “I plan to find a new apartment.” “I plan to relax on vacation.” “I plan to surprise my parents.” “I plan to wash my car.” […]

English Speaking – 15 – I plan to + (verb)



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I would like to + (verb) This sentence lets someone know what you would be interested in doing. This can be a physical, mental or verbal action. Here are some examples: “I would like to answer that question.” “I would like to compete in a cooking contest.” “I […]

English Speaking – 14 – I would like to + (verb)


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I gotta + (verb) I gotta’ is grammatically incorrect. It is more of a spoken form. If you want to say this with proper grammar, the equivalent would be, ‘I have got to’ or ‘I’ve got to’. In the spoken form, ‘got to’ is shortened to ‘gotta’ and […]

English speaking – 13 – I gotta + (verb)


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I wanna + (verb) The word ‘wanna’ is incorrect grammatically. It is equivalent to ‘want to.’ When combined with the word ‘I’ it helps communicate something you want to do. Here are some examples: “I wanna talk.” “I wanna search for a job.” “I wanna order some food.” […]

English Speaking – 12 – I wanna + (verb)



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I have to + (verb) The words ‘have to’ describe something that needs to take place soon. It expresses certainty, necessity, or obligation. Here are some examples: “I have to switch schools.” “I have to use the telephone.” “I have to go to the bathroom.” “I have to […]

English Speaking – 11 – I have to + (verb)


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I used to + (verb) Used to’ expresses something that was done in the past, and is not usually done now. Here are some examples: “I used to develop websites.” “I used to jog every day.” “I used to paint.” “I used to smoke.” “I used to work […]

English Speaking – 10 – I used to + (verb)


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I have + (past participle) Again, ‘I have’ shows possession or something acquired. By adding a past participle you are informing someone of a past or completed action done by you. Here are some examples: “I have done it.” “I have heard that before.” “I have driven a […]

English Speaking – 9 – I have + (past participle)



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I have + (noun) By using the words ‘I have’ you are informing someone of something you have possession of or have acquired. Here are some examples: “I have a cat.” “I have a nice car.” “I have a house.” “I have a computer.” “I have a headache.” […]

English Speaking – 8 – I have + (noun)


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I’m gonna + (verb) The word ‘gonna’ is incorrect grammatically. The equivalent in proper grammar would be ‘going to.’ When using the word ‘gonna’ you are telling someone what you are planning to do at that moment or in the near future. Here are some examples: “I’m gonna […]

English Speaking – 7 – I’m gonna + (verb)


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I’m trying + (verb) I am trying’ informs someone that you are attempting to accomplish something using bodily, mental, or spiritual strength. By adding a verb to ‘I’m trying’ you are pointing out exactly what it is you are attempting to do. Here are some examples: “I’m trying […]

English Speaking – 6 – I’m trying + (verb)



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I’m getting When combining the words ‘I am’ and ‘getting’ you are telling someone ‘you’ are gaining possession, being affected by or have plans to seek out and obtain a particular thing. Here are some examples: “I’m getting better.” “I’m getting ready for bed.” “I’m getting a tooth […]

English Speaking – 5 – I’m getting


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I’m + (verb) I’m’ is a contraction of the words ‘I am.’ By adding a verb to ‘I’m’ this lets you express an action or occurrence about yourself. Here are some examples: “I’m eating lunch.” “I’m brushing my teeth.” “I’m scared.” “I’m driving to work.” “I’m crying.” “I’m […]

English Speaking – 4 – I’m + (verb)


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I’m good at Again, ‘I’m’ is used here as ‘I am.’ ‘Good at’ informs someone what you excel at and are comfortable doing. Here are some examples: “I’m good at drawing.” “I’m good at video games.” “I’m good at swimming.” “I’m good at driving.” “I’m good at reading.” […]

English Speaking – 3 – I’m good at



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I’m in/at/on Describes an action you are doing. Most commonly, you would use the word ‘in’ when entering a physical location such as a room or a building. Here are some examples: “I’m in the shower.” “I’m in the lobby.” “I’m in a car.” “I’m in a house.” […]

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I’m I’m’ is an abbreviation for the word ‘I AM.’ It is used in combination with other words to tell someone about yourself or to describe something you are doing. Here are some examples: “I’m so tired.” “I’m confused.” “I’m happy.” “I’m twenty three years old.” “I’m hungry.” […]

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