Alternatives to Overused Words and Phrases PDF

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Alternatives to Overused Words and Phrases

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Alternative Ways to say “In Other Words”

  • Put it differently…
  • In other quarters…
  • What I’m trying to say is…
  • What I mean is…
  • Put differently…
  • Said differently…
  • That is to say…
  • Simply put,…
  • Simply put…
  • Namely…
  • To put it simply,…
  • Otherwise speaking…
  • To clarify,…
  • That is to say…
  • Put the matter another way…
  • Basically,…
  • Put another way…

Alternative Ways to say “Good Luck”               

  • Best of luck!
  • Be careful.
  • Use your head.
  • Let me know how it went.
  • I hope things turn out fine.
  • Blow them a way!
  • Break a leg!
  • Blow them away.
  • Finger crossed!
  • I hope it all goes well!
  • You’ll do great!
  • You’ll do great.
  • Knock ‘em dead.

Alternative Ways to say “Happy Birthday!”       

  • I wish you a wonderful birthday!
  • I wish you a wonderful birthday.
  • May your birthday be filled with laughter!
  • Many more happy returns!
  • Many happy returns!
  • Have a fabulous birthday!
  • I wish you all the best on your special day.
  • Have a great one!
  • All the best!

Alternative Ways to say “Good Night”             

  • Sleep tight!
  • Nighty night!
  • Sleep well
  • Sweet dreams!
  • Night, night!
  • Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alternative Ways to say “I Like It”                   

  • I’m crazy about it
  • I’m attached to
  • I’m fond of it.
  • I’m keen on it.
  • I can’t get enough of
  • It appeals to me.
  • I’m really into it!
  • i’ve grown to like it
  • I’v got a soft spot for
  • I’m addicted to
  • I’m partial to it.

Alternative Ways to say “I don’t Like It”           

  • I pass.
  • That’s not for me.
  • I’m not fond of it.
  • i’ve had enough.
  • I’m not into it.
  • I dislike it.
  • I’m not a big fan of it.
  • I don’t appreciate that.

Alternative Ways to say “Hurry Up”                 

  • Move it
  • Get a move on
  • Chop-chop
  • Shake a leg
  • Get cracking
  • Come on
  • Let’s pick up the pace

Alternative Ways to say “I’m Tired”                 

  • I’m dead-tired
  • I’m beat
  • I’m bushed
  • I’m worn out
  • I’m spent
  • I’m whacked
  • I’m exhausted
  • I’m dog tired

Alternative Phrases For I Agree                      

  • I could not have said it any better
  • That just what I was thinking
  • You’re on the right
  • So do I
  • I feel that way too

Alternative Ways to say Angry                       

  • Infuriated
  • Pissed off
  • Outraged
  • Irritated
  • Upset

Alternative Phrases For I Understand              

  • That’s clear
  • I take your point
  • Ok, I get it now
  • Got it
  • That makes sense

Alternative Ways to say Excellent                   

  • Fantastic
  • Amazing
  • Wonderful
  • Splendid
  • Tremendous

Alternative Phrases For Hello                         

  • Long time, no see
  • How are things?
  • Look who it is!
  • Nice to see you again
  • Hey there?

Alternative Ways to say Happy                       

  • Over the moon
  • Satisfied
  • Jovial
  • Cheerful
  • On cloud nine

Alternative Phrases For A Good Job                 

  • That’s incredible
  • Wow!
  • That’s it exactly.
  • Now you have got it
  • What a brainwave.

Alternative Ways to say Hurry Up                   

  • Let’s pick up the pace
  • Shake a leg
  • Chop-chop
  • Get cracking
  • Get a move on!

Alternative Ways to say I Am Tired                  

  • I’m beat
  • I’m whacked
  • I’m dog tired
  • I’m dead tired
  • I’m spent

Alternative Ways to say I Like It                      

  • Great Work
  • I am really into it!
  • I’m crazy about it
  • I’m keen on it
  • I’m fond of it
  • It appeals to me

Alternative Ways to say I Don’t Like It              

  • I pass
  • That’s not for me
  • I’m not into it
  • i’ve had enough
  • I dislike it

Alternative Ways to say Important                  

  • Significant
  • Meaningful
  • Eventful
  • Substantial
  • Momentous

Alternative Ways to say Peaceful                    

  • Restful
  • Chill
  • Tranquil
  • Quiet
  • Calm

Alternative Ways to say Powerful                   

  • Dominant
  • Strong
  • Influential
  • Mighty
  • Helpful

Alternative Ways to say Helpful                      

  • Advantageous
  • Useful
  • Beneficial
  • Cooperative
  • Charitable

Alternative Ways to say Dangerous                 

  • Unsafe
  • Perilous
  • Hazardous
  • Risky
  • Precarious

Alternative Ways to say Said                          

  • Called
  • Responded
  • Demanded
  • Asked
  • Exclaimed

Alternative Ways to say Walked                     

  • Lumbered
  • Shuffled
  • Ambled
  • Traveled
  • Staggered

Alternative Ways to say Sad                          

  • Downcast
  • Depressed
  • Woeful
  • Crestfallen
  • Gloomy

Alternative Ways to say Little                        

  • Slight
  • Petite
  • Minute
  • Wee
  • Miniature

Alternative Ways to say Big                           

  • Massive
  • Immense
  • Towering
  • Colossal
  • Giant

Alternative Ways to say Laughed                    

  • Howled
  • Bellowed
  • Giggled
  • Cackled
  • Chortled

Alternative Ways to say Saw                          

  • Spotted
  • Glimpsed
  • Stared at
  • Gazed at
  • Noticed

Alternative Ways to say Pretty                       

  • Glamorous
  • Beautiful
  • Lovely
  • Elegant
  • Attractive

Alternative Ways to say Nice                         

  • Cordial
  • Congenial
  • Decent
  • Agreeable
  • Gracious

Alternative Ways to say Ran                          

  • Hurried
  • Trotted
  • Dashed
  • Galloped
  • Raced

Alternative Ways to say For Example               

  • For Instance
  • Like
  • VIZ
  • Specifically
  • Inter Alia

Alternative Ways to say I Love You                  

  • I care about you.
  • i’ve fallen for you
  • i’ve got feelings for you.
  • I’m in love with you.
  • I’m crazy about you.

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10 Alternative Ways to say Hello & Goodbye

  • Bye
  • Have a good one
  • (informal) Hey
  • (informal) See ya later
  • Hi
  • Hi there
  • Take care
  • Hello
  • Bye-bye
  • (informal) Howdy

9 Ways to Ask How Someone Is

  • How are you?
  • What’s new?
  • How are things?
  • What’s up?
  • How’s it going?
  • How have you been?
  • How’s life?
  • How ya doin’?
  • How’s your family?

10 Alternative Ways to Answer How You Are

  • Couldn’t be better!
  • Could be better
  • Pretty good
  • Not so great
  • Not bad
  • Great!
  • Same as always
  • I’m fine, thanks. How about you?
  • I’ve been busy
  • Can’t complain

9 Alternative Ways to say Thank You

  • Thanks
  • I can’t thank you enough
  • Thank you so much
  • That’s so kind of you
  • I owe you one
  • I really appreciate it
  • I’m really grateful
  • Thanks a million!
  • Thanks a lot

10 Ways to Respond to “Thank You”

  • You’re welcome
  • Anytime
  • Don’t mention it
  • It was the least I could do
  • Sure!
  • Thank you
  • No problem
  • Glad to help
  • My pleasure
  • No worries

5 Phrases for Apologizing

  • I’m sorry that…
  • Oops, sorry
  • I should have…
  • It’s my fault
  • (formal) I apologize for…

5 Ways to Respond to an Apology

  • Don’t worry about it
  • I forgive you
  • That’s OK
  • No problem
  • It happens

9 Phrases for Introductions

  • I’d like to introduce you to…
  • This is…
  • Nice to meet you
  • Have you met… ?
  • I’d like you to meet…
  • And you
  • Likewise
  • I just wanted to introduce myself
  • It’s a pleasure to meet you

6 Ways to Show Interest

  • Really?
  • That’s interesting
  • Gotcha
  • Right
  • Uh-huh
  • Sure

5 Ways to End a Conversation Politely

  • I’m sorry to cut you off, but I actually gotta run
  • Well, it’s getting late
  • Anyway, I should get going
  • It was nice chatting with you
  • Sorry, but I’m afraid I need to…

9 Phrases for Telephone Calls

  • Could you ask him to call me back?
  • Thanks for calling
  • May I speak with John Smith?
  • Hi, this is Jane
  • I’m returning your call
  • Hang on a sec
  • Is John there?
  • I’m calling about…
  • One moment, please

10 Phrases for Asking for Information

  • I don’t suppose you (would) know
  • Do you know
  • Do you have any idea
  • Could you tell me
  • Can you tell me
  • I was wondering…
  • I’d like to know
  • Would you happen to know
  • I’m calling to find out…
  • Could anyone tell me

5 Alternative Ways to say “I don’t know”

  • I’m not really sure
  • I’ve been wondering that, too
  • I have no idea/clue
  • Beats me
  • I can’t help you there

5 Phrases for Not Having an Opinion

  • I’ve never given it much thought
  • I have no opinion on the matter
  • Whatever
  • I don’t have strong feelings either way
  • It doesn’t make any difference to me

9 Phrases for Agreeing

  • I couldn’t agree with you more
  • That’s for sure
  • I suppose so
  • Exactly
  • That’s so true
  • Absolutely
  • I’ll say!
  • Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!
  • I agree 100%

10 Phrases for Disagreeing

  • I totally disagree
  • I don’t think so
  • I’m not so sure about that
  • I beg to differ
  • On the contrary
  • Not necessarily
  • Yes, but…
  • I’m afraid I don’t agree
  • That’s not how I see it
  • No way!

5 Phrases for Responding to Good News

  • How wonderful!
  • That’s great!
  • Awesome!
  • I’m so happy for you!
  • Congratulations!

5 Phrases for Responding to Bad News

  • Poor you
  • I’m so sorry to hear that
  • I’m sorry for your loss
  • That’s terrible
  • Oh no…

9 Phrases for Invitations

  • Would you like to…
  • I’d love to!
  • Do you wanna…
  • Are you doing anything…
  • I don’t think I can
  • Let me check my calendar
  • Maybe another time
  • Are you free…
  • Sounds great!

5 Ways to Make & Respond to an Offer

  • That’d be great, thanks
  • Would you like a drink?
  • No, thanks
  • Can I get you something to eat?
  • Do you want some water?

6 Phrases for Talking About Future Plans

  • I’d like to…
  • I’m planning to…
  • I’m going to…
  • I hope to…
  • I might… / I may…
  • I’m thinking about…

10 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes

  • I love… [cricket]
  • I don’t really care for…
  • [Cricket] is my thing
  • [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea
  • I can’t stand…
  • I’m crazy about… [soccer]
  • I’m really into… [cricket]
  • I live for… [cricket]
  • I’m not into…
  • I’m not a huge fan of…

5 Ways to Make a Suggestion

  • Why don’t you…
  • I’d recommend…
  • Maybe we should…
  • How about…
  • Have you thought about…

8 Phrases for Asking/Talking about Jobs

  • I’m a stay-at-home mom/dad
  • I’m looking for work
  • I run my own business
  • I’m a/an…
  • I’m retired
  • I work at…
  • Where do you work?
  • I’m a freelance…

10 Phrases for Describing Relationships

  • I’m married
  • I’m divorced
  • We’re engaged
  • I’m not looking for anything serious
  • I’m single
  • I’m not quite over my ex
  • I’m widowed
  • I’ve been married for…
  • We’re getting married in June
  • I have a boyfriend/girlfriend

5 Ways to Ask for Clarification

  • Would you mind repeating that?
  • What do you mean?
  • Could you explain… ?
  • I’m not sure I follow you
  • Pardon?

5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You

  • Is that clear?
  • Do you understand what I’m saying?
  • Are you with me so far?
  • Does that make sense?
  • Do you know what I mean?

5 Ways to Ask for Help

  • I need a little help
  • Could you give me a hand?
  • Could you do me a favor?
  • Could you spare a couple minutes?
  • Could you help me out?

5 Ways to Ask Someone Else to Do Something

  • Could you please…
  • Would you mind…
  • Can you…
  • Please…
  • I’d appreciate it if you could…

5 Ways to Interrupt Someone

  • Sorry to interrupt, but…
  • Could I jump in here?
  • May I have a word?
  • Excuse me – do you have a minute?
  • Sorry – I just want to say that…

10 Ways to Encourage Someone

  • You’re on the right track
  • That was a nice try
  • That’s a real improvement
  • Give it your best shot
  • You’ve almost got it
  • Don’t give up! / Hang in there!
  • Nice job! / You did great!
  • Keep up the good work!
  • You can do it!
  • You’re doing great

5 Phrases for Complaining

  • I’m not very satisfied with
  • I can’t stand it when…
  • This sucks
  • I’m not happy about this
  • I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable

7 Phrases for Remembering, Reminding, & Forgetting

  • It’s on the tip of my tongue
  • It doesn’t ring a bell
  • I’d like to remind you about…
  • It completely slipped my mind!
  • I’ll always remember… / i’ll never forget…
  • My mind went blank
  • I have a vague recollection of…

10 Phrases for Saying Something is Easy & Difficult

  • There’s nothing to it
  • It’s a bit tricky
  • It’s very demanding
  • Anyone can do it
  • It’s a piece of cake
  • It’s not a walk in the park
  • It’s hard
  • It’s really tough
  • It’s a breeze
  • It’s a cinch

10 Phrases for Talking about Food

  • Could we get the check, please?
  • This soup is delicious!
  • I’m full
  • I’m stuffed
  • I’m starving!
  • Could I have another helping of…?
  • Let’s grab a bite to eat
  • I’ll have…
  • I brought some snacks
  • How about eating out tonight?

10 Phrases for Talking About TV

  • It’s the season finale!
  • Stop channel-surfing
  • There are too many commercials
  • Check the TV guide
  • I’ve already seen this episode
  • Is there anything good on?
  • This is a rerun
  • I love this show!
  • Where’s the remote?
  • Can I change the channel?

10 Ways to Talk About Price

  • That’s quite reasonable
  • I can’t afford it
  • That’s a good deal
  • It cost a fortune
  • It was a real bargain
  • That’s a rip-off
  • It’s 20% off
  • That’s a bit pricey
  • It was dirt cheap
  • It cost an arm and a leg

5 Phrases for Hot Weather

  • It’s hot and humid
  • We’re having a real heatwave
  • The sun’s really strong today
  • It’s nice and warm today
  • It’s absolutely boiling!

5 Phrases for Cold Weather

  • It’s a little chilly
  • Make sure to bundle up
  • We’re expecting some winter weather
  • The temperature’s dropping
  • It’s freezing

5 Phrases for Talking about Rain

  • It’s raining cats and dogs
  • It’s pouring
  • I think the rain’s letting up
  • I got caught in a downpour
  • It’s drizzling

9 Alternative Ways to say You’re Tired

  • I’m beat
  • I can hardly keep my eyes open
  • I’m off to bed
  • I’m gonna hit the sack
  • I’m dead tired
  • I’m pooped
  • I’m exhausted
  • It’s bedtime for me
  • I’m spent

5 Phrases for Promises & Resolutions

  • Come hell or high water, i’ll…
  • I swear i’ll / I won’t…
  • I promise that i’ll…
  • No matter what happens, I’m going to…
  • I really should…

10 Excuses for Being Late

  • The traffic was terrible
  • My alarm didn’t go off
  • I just lost track of time
  • Sorry I’m late
  • I was tied up in a meeting
  • I couldn’t find a parking spot
  • The bus was late
  • I got lost coming here
  • I overslept
  • I had to wait ages for a bus

5 Alternative Ways to say Someone is Correct

  • That’s right
  • That’s spot on
  • I’m afraid you’re right
  • I suppose so
  • You’ve hit the nail on the head/ You’ve nailed it

5 Alternative Ways to say Someone is Wrong

  • I’m afraid you’re mistaken
  • No, that’s all wrong
  • I’m afraid that’s not quite right
  • No, you’ve got it wrong
  • Baloney/ Bullshit

5 Alternative Ways to say Someone is Smart

  • She’s brilliant
  • He’s a smart cookie
  • He’s very bright
  • She’s a genius
  • He’s really sharp

5 Alternative Ways to say Someone is Stupid

  • She’s a few cards short of a deck
  • He’s a bit slow
  • He’s really dumb
  • He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed
  • She’s a complete idiot

10 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question

  • I’m sorry, that’s personal
  • I’m sorry, that’s confidential
  • Why do you want to know?
  • Mind your own business
  • I’d rather not talk about it
  • Wait and see
  • No comment
  • I’m not at liberty to say
  • It’s none of your business
  • Let me get back to you

15 Phrases for Being Rich & Poor

  • He’s broke
  • He makes minimum wage
  • She inherited a fortune
  • She’s raking in the cash
  • She’s making a killing
  • He’s short on cash
  • She’s very wealthy
  • He’s pinching pennies
  • She’s loaded
  • His bank account is overdrawn
  • He’s scrimping and saving
  • She’s filthy rich
  • She’s rolling in dough
  • He’s just scraping by
  • She’s quite well-off

10 Phrases for Estimating & Guessing

  • If I had to take a guess, I’d say…
  • There’s a good chance…
  • It’s about…
  • Off the top of my head, I’d say…
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if…
  • It’s around…
  • I have a feeling/hunch…
  • I bet…
  • Your guess is as good as mine
  • It’s difficult to say, but I think…

9 Phrases for Decisions

  • I’m debating between…
  • It’s up to you
  • I’m having second thoughts
  • He convinced/persuaded me to…
  • I’m on the fence
  • On the other hand…
  • I can’t make up my mind
  • I changed my mind
  • I’ll take that into consideration

10 Phrases for Good Luck & Bad Luck

  • No such luck
  • What rotten luck!
  • Lucky you!
  • As luck would have it…
  • Some people have all the luck
  • Better luck next time
  • That was a stroke of luck
  • Just my luck!
  • He’s down on his luck
  • Good luck!

8 Phrases for Worries & Relief

  • Whew!
  • What a relief!
  • It’s been keeping me up at night
  • You have no idea what a relief it is
  • I’m scared that…
  • I can’t help thinking that…
  • Thank goodness!
  • What if…?

10 Phrases for Compliments

  • You have a beautiful home
  • You’re a fantastic cook
  • I like your…
  • What a beautiful…
  • You look nice / You look amazing!
  • What a nice apartment!
  • He’s/She’s so cute!
  • My compliments to the chef!
  • Your kids are a lot of fun
  • The lasagna is delicious

10 Phrases for Cheering Someone Up

  • It’s not so bad
  • Is there anything I can do to help?
  • You look a bit down
  • Everything will be OK
  • Cheer up! / Chin up!
  • What’s the matter?
  • What’s wrong?
  • Are you all right?
  • Look on the bright side
  • It’s not the end of the world

7 Phrases for Disappointment

  • Bummer
  • What a pity!
  • How disappointing
  • That’s too bad
  • What a shame
  • It didn’t live up to my expectations
  • It was a real letdown

9 Alternative Ways to say You Don’t Believe Someone

  • He’s stretching the truth
  • You’re pulling my leg
  • His story is fishy
  • You’re kidding
  • He’s not telling the whole truth
  • That’s a pack of lies
  • That’s a bit of an exaggeration
  • That’s an outright lie
  • Yeah, right

10 Expressions for Bad People

  • He’s a scumbag
  • He’s a pervert
  • He’s a sicko
  • He’s a jerk
  • She’s a psycho
  • She’s a slut
  • He’s an asshole
  • He’s a creep
  • She’s a bitch
  • He’s a bastard

10 Words for Describing Speaking

  • I whispered
  • My kids whined
  • She screamed
  • He mumbled
  • She stammered
  • I snapped at my husband
  • He rambled/ He went on and on
  • We chatted
  • He yelled
  • He muttered

6 Phrases for Facial Expressions

  • The kids were smiling from ear to ear
  • Why the long face?
  • He looked puzzled
  • She grinned
  • She blushed
  • She was beaming

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