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What’s your name?
Where are you from? / Where do you come from?
I’m from … I come from …
What’s your surname / family name?
What’s your first name?
What’s your address?
7865 NW Sweet Street
Where do you live?
I live in San Diego.
What’s your (tele)phone number?
How old are you?
Twenty-five. I’m twenty-five years old.
When / Where were you born?
I was born in 1961 / Seattle.
Are you married? / What’s your marital status?
What do you do? / What’s your job?
I’m a librarian.
Where did you go?
I went to a friend’s house.
What did you do?
We played video games.
Where were you?
I was in New York for the weekend.
Have you got a car / job / house / etc.?
Yes, I’ve got a good job.
Have you got any children / friends / books / etc.?
Yes, I’ve got three children – two boys and a daughter.
Can you play tennis / golf / football / etc.?
Yes, I can play golf.
Can you speak English / French / Japanese / etc.?
No, I can’t speak Japanese.
Could you speak English / French / Japanese / etc.?
when you were five / two / fifteen / etc. years old?
Yes, I could speak English when I was five years old.
Introducing Yourself / Saying Hello
How do you do?
How do you do. Pleased to meet you.
How are you?
Fine, thanks. And you?
How can I help you? / May I help you?
Yes. I’m looking for a sweater.
Can I try it on?
Sure, the changing rooms are over there.
How much does it cost? / How much is it?
How would you like to pay?
By credit card.
Can I pay by credit card / check / debit card?
Certainly. We accept all major cards.
Have you got something bigger / smaller / lighter / etc.?
Certainly, we’ve got a smaller sizes as well.
Asking Something Specific
It’s a cat!
What time is it?
It’s three o’clock.
Can / May I open the window?
Certainly. It’s hot in here!
Is there a bank / supermarket / pharmacy / etc. near here?
Yes. There is a bank on the next corner next to the post office.
Where is the nearest bank / supermarket / pharmacy / etc.?
The nearest pharmacy is on 15th street.
Who wrote / invented / painted / etc. the …?
Hemingway wrote “The Sun Also Rises”.
Is there any water / sugar / rice / etc.?
Yes, there’s a lot of sugar left.
Are there any apples / sandwiches / books / etc.?
No, there aren’t any apples left.
Is this your / his / her / etc. book / ball / house / etc.?
No, I think it’s his ball.
Whose is this / that?
Questions with ‘Like’
What do you like?
I like playing tennis, reading and listening to music.
What does he look like?
He’s tall and slim.
What would you like?
I’d like a steak and chips.
What is it like?
It’s an interesting country.
What’s the weather like?
It’s raining at the moment.
Would you like some coffee / tea / food?
Yes, thank you. I’d like some coffee.
Would you like something to drink / eat?
Thank you. Could I have a cup of tea?
Asking for an Opinion
What’s it about?
It’s about a young boy who encounters adventures.
What do you think about your job / that book / Tim / etc.?
I thought the book was very interesting.
How big / far / difficult / easy is it?
The test was very difficult!
How big / far / difficult / easy are they?
The questions were very easy.
How was it?
It was very interesting.
What are you going to do tomorrow / this evening / next week / etc.?
I’m going to visit some friends next weekend.
What shall we do this evening?
Let’s go see a film.
Why don’t we go out / play tennis / visit friends / etc. this evening?
Yes, that sounds like a good idea.