Tag Archives: phrases

Formal expressions and phrases

It is widely accepted that using formal expressions and phrases, in both written and oral contexts, is a little more difficult than using informal expressions and phrases.  Wouldn´t you agree? However, as the well-known saying goes: ”Practice makes perfect!” So, with this in mind, why not try a few exercises from the Flo-Joe website.

Advertisements

To be held up

To be held up means to be delayed or detained.

For example: The plane was held up by bad weather. Or, I was held up by heavy traffic.

In a nutshell

In a nutshellIn a nutshell, is a common informal phrase which means to say or write something in the fewest possible words.

Synonyms for this phrase include:

  • in short, briefly, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in essence.

So, if you had to explain your life in a nutshell, what would you say? Perhaps something like: Study, work, play.