Learn English Expressions About Numbers

At a certain point in your English journey, you’re going to want to start adding new words and phrases to your English. Why? A large vocabulary helps you understand the English you come across in your daily life. But that’s just one advantage. It also lets you be more specific and adds character- pizzazz- to the English you use.


In this lesson, you'll see 10 commonly used words and phrases related to numbers.


24/7: all the time

We are open to the public 24/7. Stop by anytime.



A bunch: many

I saw a bunch of friends at the party last night.

A ton: a lot

I can’t go out tonight because I have a ton of work to do before Monday.



One in a million: very special, unique

My best friend is truly one in a million.



A dime a dozen: very common, not special or unique

Don’t be sad about your ex. Guys like that are a dime a dozen.



To have second thoughts: to begin to doubt a decision one has made       

I was going to accept the job offer but I’m having second thoughts.



To zero in on something: to put all one’s focus on something

Police are zeroing in on one suspect in the case.



One by one / One at a time: separately, not done at the same time

I’ll answer your questions one by one.

The teacher spent the morning class speaking to the students one at a time.



A dozen: twelve

Half a dozen: six

A baker’s dozen: thirteen, a dozen plus one

I picked up a dozen eggs and some milk from the grocery store.



In two: in two halves, in two pieces

The kids broke the chocolate bar in two.



Nine times of out of ten: almost always

At the casino, nine times out of ten, the house wins.

Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.
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So, that wraps up this lesson on everyday expressions related to numbers. All of these phrases are informal so go ahead and use them in your English.


PS I've created a free PDF and worksheet for this lesson. Just click here to get yours.

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