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5 Useful Conversational Idioms


5 Useful Conversational Idioms

Hi guys!

Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 colloquial phrases, all of them great for spicing up your conversational vocabulary!

To be Stuck in a rut

To be trapped without any new ideas or motivation. This phrase is thought to have come from the early 1800s when wagons would commonly get stuck in a rut or a worn in groove in the path.

  • I need to get a new job, I’ve been here for 20 years and I’m stuck in a rut.

Follow in the Footsteps

To do the same thing as somebody else.

  • He started his own business, following in his father’s footsteps.

It Turns out That….

The result is/was

  • I always thought that I preferred English food however as it turns out, I think that I actually prefer Spanish food.

To do Something From Scratch.

To do something from the beginning. Originally the scratch referred to the starting line of a race, so somebody running a race would start from the scratch.

  • He started his own business from scratch.

To Give it a Shot

To attempt or try something

  • Q: Do you mind if I try out your new car?
  • A: Yeah sure, give it a shot!


Now let’s see if you can use them in context!


  1. So rather surprisingly____________ that he was stealing money from his friend all along!
  2. Normally I don’t like Chinese food but I’ll ______________ though!
  3. He is very influenced by everything John does, in many ways he is ___________________.
  4. I need some creative inspiration, I’m ____________!
  5. I’ve always wanted to make pasta starting ____________.


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