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.
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