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15 Everyday Conversational Expressions Visiting p.2

 

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* 15 Visiting (p.2 of 6)

 

15.7 When you need to explain why you are late

 

I couldn't get a taxi. Listen A I could not catch a taxi cab. <I couldnt get a taxi. I thought I would never get here.>

I couldn't get a cab. Listen <My God! I couldnt get a cab. I never thought it would be so hard to get a cab in Manhattan on a Friday night.>

My ride didn't show up. Listen A The car that was supposed to pick me up never showed up. <My ride didnt show up. I lost much time waiting for them. I dont know what happened.>

I missed my ride. Listen <Unfortunately, I missed my ride, and I had to take a city bus.>

I missed the train. Listen <I missed the train. I dont know how it happened.>

The bus was late. Listen <The bus was late. I boarded it half an hour later than the schedule.>

I ran out of gas. Listen <Somehow I miscalculated the distance. I ran out of gas.>

I had to stop for gas. Listen <I had to stop for gas. The waiting line at the gas station was unusually long.>

I had to get gas. Listen <I had to get gas, and I couldnt find a gas station.>

I was stuck in traffic. Listen A I was held in a traffic jam. <I was stuck in traffic. I lost a good deal of time.>

Traffic was slow. Listen <Traffic was slow. Streets were busy. I thought it would be quicker to take the main freeway. No way!>

Traffic was hell. Listen <Traffic was hell. I tried both the freeway and the back road.>

I got lost. Listen A I lost my way. <I got lost. The police blocked the main road, so I had to take a detour.>

I missed my exit. Listen A Inadvertently, I missed the exit ramp which I intended to take. <Traffic on the freeway was hell. I didnt change lanes on time, so I missed my exit. I took the next exit and got lost.>

There was construction. Listen <There was construction, so I missed my exit.>

There was an accident. Listen <All the traffic on the freeway stopped. There was an accident. The police blocked several lanes.>

I was looking for parking. Listen A I was looking for a place to park my car. <I was looking for parking. Eventually, I parked my car one block away.>

I couldn't find a parking space. Listen <It was dark in you street. I couldnt find a parking space.>

I couldn't find a place to park. Listen <All the parking space in front of your house was taken. I couldnt find a place to park.>

It took me longer to get here than I thought it would. Listen <I miscalculated the time. It took me longer to get here than I thought it would.>

It took me longer to get here than I expected. Listen <I had forgotten about the construction on the freeway. It took me longer to get here than I expected.>

I didn't realize this was so far away. Listen <You live in the new part of the city. I didnt realize this was so far away.>

I lost track of time. Listen <I started driving too late. I lost track of time.>

I misjudged the time. Listen <I misjudged the time. It took longer than I expected to get here.>

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15.8 When you want to be polite to others after your late arrival

 

Were you waiting long? Listen <Im really sorry for being late. Were you waiting long?>

I'm glad you started without me. Listen <Im sorry Im late. Im glad you started without me.>

I hope you started without me. Listen <Sorry to have kept you waiting. I hope you started without me.>

You should have started without me. Listen <My airplane was late. You should have started without me.>

Next time start without me. Listen <Next time dont be late. Next time start without me.>

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15.9 When you greet a guest

 

Look who's here! Listen <May I come in? Sorry Im late. Look whos here! This is my cousin Fred.>

I'm glad to see you. Listen <Bob! Is that you? Im glad to see you. Likewise.>

Am I surprised to see you! Listen <Come on in, old friend. Am I surprised to see you!>

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15.10 When you greet a guest more politely

 

Welcome to our house. Listen A You are cordially invited to enter our house. < Thank you. Its nice to be here.>

I'm delighted to have you visit. Listen A Its so nice to have you here for a visit. <Thank you for inviting me. Im delighted to have you visit.>

I'm delighted to have you here. Listen < Thank you for having me.>

I'm so glad you could visit. Listen < Its always a pleasure to visit you.>

I'm so glad you could come. Listen < Im delighted to be here.>

I'm so glad you could make it. Listen <Im so sorry to be late. The traffic on the freeway is terrible. Im so glad you could make it.>

I'm so glad you could stop by. Listen < I just happened to be in the neighborhood and thought it would be nice to see you. Im so glad you could stop by.>

It's nice to have you here. Listen A I am glad you are in this place. < Its nice to be here.>

It's good to have you here. Listen < Its good to be here.>

It's a pleasure to see you again. Listen <It has been such a long time. Yes, it has. Its a pleasure to see you again.>

It's nice to see you again. Listen < Its just wonderful to see you after all these years.>

It's so good to see you again. Listen < Likewise! You look so wonderful.>

It's so good to see you after all this time. Listen < Thank you. Indeed, it feels terrific to see an old friend.>

Good seeing you again. Listen < Im glad to see you, too.>

I wanted to see you for a long time. Listen < And I wanted to see you, too!>

I've been looking forward to seeing you for a long time. Listen < To see each other more often, we have to move at least to the same state.>

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