In today’s post, I would like to share with you some phrases and expressions, which could make it easier for you to deal with the Relationship topic both in a real life situation and in a test environment.
At the very beginning, I want to provide you with some collocations to describe the positive and negative effects of relationship
Advantages of Being in a Relationship
- To share laughter and happiness together
Example: At the weekend, I prefer spending time with my family, so we can share a laugh and be happy together
- To have a person who is there for you whenever you need
Example: Being in a relationship means you have a person who always is there for you when you are in trouble.
Disadvantages of Being in a Relationship
- To have less time for other social relationships
Example: When you are in a relationship, you will have less time for other social relationships
There is also a wide range of useful phrases to talk about relationships (Love, Friendship, Family)
1. To get to know: begin to know someone
Example: I have known Mary since I was a little boy, and we have been best friends until now.
2. To get on well with: to understand someone and enjoy similar interests Example: My girlfriend and I get on well with each other because we try to understand each other’s interests.
3. To hit it off (with someone): to quickly become good friends with
Example: As a sociable person, Peter can easily hit it off with Sara.
4. To go back years: to have known someone for a long time.
Example: Mary and I go back years and we always make sure to keep in touch with each other.
5. To strike up a relationship: to begin a friendship
Example: Mia and I struck up a relationship since we were high school students and until now we still keep in touch.
6. To enjoy someone’s company: to like spending time with someone
Example: We are best friends, and we always enjoy each other’s company
7. A healthy relationship: A good, positive relationship
Example: Tom and Mia have a healthy relationship, and they always help each other out of trouble.
8. To have a lot in common: to share similar interests
Example: we became best friends since we were ten because we had a lot in common.
9. To have ups and downs: to have good and bad times
Example: All relationships have ups and downs, but some people prefer to break up rather than work it out.
10. To keep in touch with: to keep in contact with
Example: Although we have not seen each other in person for a long time, we still keep in touch.
11. To lose touch with: to not see or hear from someone any longer
Example: My high school friends make a promise to try not to lose touch with each other.
12. To drift apart: to become less close to someone
Example: I really appreciate our friendship so I hope that I will never drift apart from her.
13. to fall out with: to have a disagreement and stop being friends
Example: Having a lot of arguments for ages, we fell out with each other
14. to work at a relationship: to try to maintain a positive relationship with someone
Example: All relationships have their ups and downs. The point is that we should work at the relationship rather than give up on it
15. to cement a friendship: to make a relationship stronger
Example: I always set aside time at the weekend to come over to visit my best friend to cement our relationship.
1. To break up: to end a romantic relationship
Example: She decided to break up with her boyfriend because they didn’t have a lot in common
2. To fall for: to fall in love
3. fall head over heels in love: really love somebody
4. To be in relationship: to be romantically involved with someone
Example: He was not married, but he was in a stable relationship.
5. To love at first sight: to fall in love immediately you meet someone
1. To see eye to eye: to agree on a subject
Example: My parents see eye to eye on many aspects of their lives, so they barely find themselves in conflict.
2. To start a family: To conceive or have a first child.
Example: After tying the knot for 2 years, we made up our mind to start a family.
3. To tie the knot: get married (= get hitched)
Example: John and Lisa tied the knot. They’re now on their way to their honeymoon.
4. Blood is thicker than water: family relationships come before any other relationship/priority.
Example: When anyone in the family gets into a problem, other members will help out because blood is thicker than water after all.
5. A close-knit family: a family get on well, support each other & see each other a lot
Example: Family is the most important thing in the whole world and we ought to prioritize to make it a happy and a close-knit family.
6. Flesh and blood: people who are part of your immediate family
Example: While she is not my flesh and blood, she is really like my sister
7. Pop the question: propose marriage
Example: They’re well matched in their interests, yet he hasn’t popped the question because both of them are not ready to settle down and have children.