Common English Expressions

I’m sure you know some so-called (así llamadas) common English expressions such as ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’.  The true is that I have never said this in my life nor can I remember hearing another native speaker saying it.

Below is a short list of simple, common, realistic English expressions with a grammar element thrown in (incluido).

Write your own examples, send them to me and I will correct them for you if necessary. 

1. I’m thinking of + (verb-ing)

When you say ‘I am thinking of + verb’ you are saying that you are going to do something.

I’m thinking of offering the client more options.

I’m thinking of going on holiday.

2.  I’m calling to + (verb)

When you say ‘I’m calling’ you are using the phone to transmit information. 

I’m calling to postpone the meeting.

I’m calling to congratulate you on your recent success.

3.  I’m working on + (noun)

‘Working on’ speaks about an effort you make while trying to achieve something.

I’m working on the latest campaign strategy.

I’m working on a team for the pitch.

Let me know if you need any help:


About No More Spanglish

I have been an English teacher for over eight years in Madrid. Most of that time has been spent teaching, correcting and translating in the Media sector. My mission, and that of this blog, is to improve your level of English by eliminating one common/repeated error at a time. For further details - check me out on LinkedIn or email me directly at

Posted on 22/01/2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very useful, thanks Ro

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