• Daniel Bullock

Basic English Sentences: Beginner Euphemisms That Native Speakers Use

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He is as sharp as a tennis ball!

In this post, we will look at some basic English sentence examples using 10 idioms and euphemisms. What does as sharp as a tennis ball mean? It means the person isn't smart! The following sayings will help you to sound more fluent and natural in your English speech. As with all idioms, proverbs, and sayings, it is better to use them in moderation.

Also, don’t use them unless the situation is appropriate. For instance, don’t use the expression “pull a fast one” unless it is in a casual setting. In very formal or serious conversations, it would not fit.

Let’s now dive into 10 idioms and euphemisms that native speakers of English often use. As always, don’t forget to read aloud and repeat them several times. Also, try to make up your own conversations in order to remember these better.

1. No earthly reason idiom meaning:

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There is just no earthly reason to quit your job!

This saying is used to show that we can not imagine the reason something is the way it is. We are shocked or surprised by an event. Here is an example sentence:

I can see no earthly reason why you’d want to buy a new bike. You bought one last month!

2. Sleep in peace meaning

This saying is often used to mean that we had, or will have a restful sleep, without interruption. It is also sometimes used when a person has passed away. Here is an example sentence:

I slept in peace last night for the first time in 3 days. Our neighbors were quiet!

3. As sharp as a tennis ball synonym and meaning

As sharp as a tennis ball is a euphemism for someone who is not intelligent or smart. Sharp means you are mentally fast. Naturally, a tennis ball is round all over, so therefore is the opposite of sharp. Clearly, this idiom is quite strong. It means someone is stupid, so be careful when using it! Here is an example sentence:

Poor Martin is as sharp as a tennis ball. He really should go back to school.

As sharp as a tennis ball synonym:

A bit thick, a little thick, a dense person, a slow person, a few sandwiches short of a picnic (All of these are sightly offensive, so use with caution!)

Synonyms in a table: as sharp as a tennis ball:

He’s a little thick, but he is a good person.

Liam is a bit thick, he walked into a glass door!

Sometimes I think I am such a dense person. I lost my car keys for the fifth time this month!

I really don’t want to be rude, but our gardener must be a few sandwiches short of a picnic. He has destroyed our beautiful lawn!

4. Sentences with “for openers”

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For openers, I would like to talk about studying abroad in Japan.

This saying is usually used for starting a speech or essay. Here are a few sentences to show you how it is used in natural English.

  1. For openers, I’d like to talk about our study-abroad program.

  2. I will discuss the topic of global warming, for openers.

  3. For openers, I am going to talk about how to improve your English in simple steps.

5. Just be kind

This saying is often used as advice or instruction on how to treat other people. Perhaps this person has been rude or aggressive in the past, so needs to change their ways.

Being kind meaning: act in a gentle, tolerant and humane way. Here is an example sentence for just be kind.

Just be kind to Olivia. She has been feeling very sensitive recently.

Emma was very upset last night after you spoke to her. Just be kind, please.

6. Fancy one’s chances

Fancy one's chances meaning: This means that we have a strong belief that we can achieve something. Often a competition or challenge. It is used to express confidence. On the other hand, it can be used to express the opposite by saying we don’t, or wouldn’t fancy our chances. Here is a table of example sentences to give you a better idea:

I fancy my chances in the upcoming bike race. I think I can win!

She fancies her chances of passing the English test because she studied so much for it.

I don’t fancy your chances of getting to the shops before they close. It’s almost 5 pm now.

I wouldn’t fancy my chances of climbing Mt. Fuji. It is so high!

7. Get moving sentence

Getting moving simply means to hurry up, to begin moving. English speakers often say this as an

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Get a move on! You go back to school today. Summer holidays are over!

instruction or encouragement to others. Here are some sentences including “get moving”:

  1. Hey Jimmy, get moving! It’s time to go to school.

  2. We should really get moving. The movie is starting soon.

  3. I wish the car in front of us would get moving. We don’t have all day!

  4. If you want to make your train, you should really get moving!

8. Go easy on something

This idiom means that we should be gentle with someone, or treat something as fragile. It can also mean showing restraint for things like alcohol.

Go easy on something synonym

Similar expressions vary by topic. If we are talking about how we treat another person, we might say be humane or merciful. We might also say indulge them. If we are referring to going easy on the alcohol, chocolate, or some other tasty and/or addictive substance, we might say abstain, reduce or have less.

Here are some examples of going easy on people and things:

Going easy on people:

You should go easy on Micheal today. He had a big argument with his father last night and he’s feeling a bit emotional.

Our math teacher never goes easy on us. He always asks us the hardest of questions.

Would you go a little easier on Freya? She is trying really hard at school, it’s not her fault she failed the English test.

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Hey, go easy on that beer!

Going easy on things:

  1. You should go easy on the hot sauce. It will destroy your taste buds!

  2. I am going easy on the beer this month as I have a marathon coming up!

  3. Aria and Robert decided to go easy on the desserts. They both want to lose weight for the beach this summer!

9. To be worried, being worried, and to become worried.

To be worried means to have doubt, anxiety, or concern for something or someone.

Becoming worried synonym

A similar expression to becoming worried is becoming anxious. It is slightly less severe than worried. On the other hand, we can say we have anguish, which carries more impact than the word worried.

Worried about antonym

Rough opposites of this expression would include calm, collected, or composed.

Quotes about worrying

Why are you always worrying about your appearance?
Don’t worry about your English test score. You’ll be fine.
They aren’t worried about what people think at all. They have so much confidence.
Should I be worried about a copyright infringement notice?

10. Another way to say "no worries"

On the other side of being worried, we often say “no worries” to indicate something is not a problem. Another good way to say this is to say, “No problems”, “No problem” or, casually, “No probs”. Here are a few examples so you can better see how they are used in conversation:

Student: Sorry I am late for class!

Teacher: No problem, it has only just begun.

Lily: Thank you for holding the door open for me!

John: No probs!

I hope these idioms and euphemisms have helped to boost your English vocabulary. Remember to practice saying them out loud plenty of times in order to remember them better. If you'd like to keep learning idioms, have a look at these cost and money sayings, and if you'd like to learn some summer to vacation phrases, then this post is right for you. So, until next time, so long. Keep enjoying English!