to have a word with sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

to have a word with sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

This sentence contains the English expression 'to have a word with somebody. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

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This sentence contains the English expression 'to have a word with somebody'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

 

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

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have a quick you ? I could some something.
I have a quick with you later ? I could with some about something.

About the sentence

to have a word with someone

to have a word with someone = to speak to someone, probably only for a short time.

When we ask if we can have a word with someone, it is often because we want to ask for their advice about something (as the speaker in this dictation is doing).

It can also be used when we want to give someone some advice, e.g. I need to have a word with Steven about the way he talks to customers. I think he can come acrossThis phrasal verb is used to talk about the impression someone gives of their personality as a bit aggressive sometimes.


 I could do with sth is a nice phrase for saying that you need something, e.g. I hardly slept last night - I could do with a coffee. 

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