English 900 sentences
2. Good morning/afternoon/evening! 3. I’m Yonghua Chen
4. Are you Bill Jones? Mr./Mrs./Ms 5. Yes, I am.
6. How are you?
7. Fine, Thanks. And How about you?
8. How is Helen?
9. She’s very well, thank you. 10. Good afternoon, Mr. Green. 11. Good evening, Mrs. Brown. 12. How are you this evening? 13. Good night, John.
14. Good bye, Bill.
15. See you tomorrow./ See you later.
classroom expressions 16. Come in, please.
17. Sit down, please.
18. Stand up, please.
19. Open your book, please. 20. Close your book, please. 21. Don’t open your book. 22. Do you understand? 23. Yes, I understand.
24. No, I don’t understand. 25. Listen and repeat.
26. Now read, please.
27. That’s fine.
28. It’s time to begin.
29. Let’s begin now.
30. This is Lesson One.
 identifying objects 31. What’s this?
32. That’s a book.
33. Is this your book?
34. No, that’s not my book. 35. Whose book is this? 36. That’s your book.
37. And what’s that?
38. Is that a book?
39. No, it isn’t.
40. It is a pencil.
41. Is it yours?
42. Yes, it is mine.
43. Where’s the door?
44. There it is?
45. Is this his book?
46. What are these?
47. Those are books.
48. Where are the books? 49. There they are.
50. These are my pens.
51. Where are my pens? 52. They are over there.
53. Are these your pens? 54. Yes, they are.
55. Those are mine.
56. These are your books, aren’t they? 57. No, they aren’t.
58. They’re not mine.
59. These are mine, and those are yours.
60. Those aren’t your pens, are they?
identifying people by occupation
61. Who are you?
62. I’m a student.
63. Who is that over there? 64. He’s a student, too.
65. Is that lady a student? 66. No, she isn’t.
67. Those men aren’t students, either. 68. Am I your teacher?
69. Yes, you are.
70. That man is a teacher, isn’t he? 71. Yes, he is.
72. Who are those people? 73. Maybe they are farmers. 74. Aren’t they students? 75. I really don’t know.
introductions and courtesies 76 What’s your name?
77 My name is Jones.
78 What’s your first name?
79 My first name is Bill.
80 How do you spell your last name? 81 Jones, J-O-N-E-S.
82 What’s your friend’s name? 83 His name is John Smith.
84 John and I are old friends. 85 Are you John’s brother?
86 No, I’m not.
87 This is Mr. Jones.
88 How do you do?
89 Mrs. Jones, this is Mr. John Smith. 90 Very please to meet you.
 days and months of the calenday. 91 What day is today?
92 Today is Monday.
93 What day was yesterday?
94 Yesterday was Sunday.
95 What day is tomorrow?
96 What month is this?
97 This is January.
98 Last month is December, isn’t it? 99 Yes, it was.
100 What month is next month? 101 I was in the hospital for several weeks. 102 Where were you on Tuesday? 103 You were here in February, weren’t you? 104 No, I wasn’t.
105 Your friend was here a week ago, wasn’t he?
 Talking about objects
106 Do you have a book?
107 Yes, I do.
108 You have a radio, don’t you? 109 No, I don’t.
110 I don’t have a phonograph, either. 111 Does this radio belong to you? 112 Yes, I think it does.
113 How many sisters and brothers do you have?
114 Don’t you have my hat?
115 Yes, I have your hat and your coat. 116 Does John have a yellow pencil? 117 Yes, he does.
118 He has a radio, doesn’t he? 119 No, he doesn’t have one.
120 He always has a phonograph, but he doesn’t have a radio yet.
 Telling time
121 What time is it?
122 It’s two o’clock.
123 It is a few minutes after two.
124 My watch is fast and your watch is slow. 125 Excuse me, can you tell me the correct time? 126 No, I can’t.
127 I don’t know what time it is.
128 I don’t think it is four o’clock yet.
129 It must be about three thirty.
130 I get up before six o’clock every day. 131 The restaurant doesn’t open until seven forty-five. 132 Will you be here at ten o’clock tomorrow? 133 Yes, I will.
134 We’ll be on time, won’t we?
135 I hope so.
 Talking about dates
136 What’s the date today?
137 Today is first November, nineteen sixty-three. 138 When were you born?
139 I was born on first November, nineteen sixty-three. 140 Today is my birthday.
141 I don’t know the exact date.
142 Where were you born?
143 I was born in a little town not far from here. 144 What do you know about tenth century? 145 I don’t know anything about that.
146 Let’s talk about something else.
147 Where were you during the month of April last year? 148 I don’t remember where I was then. 149 Where will you be next year at this time?
 Talking about objects and people 150 What do you want?
151 I want a cup of coffee.
152 What would you like to eat?
153 Please give me a piece of pie.
154 Which one would you like—this one or that one? 155 It doesn’t matter to me.
156 I’d like to talk with Mr. Johns or Mr. Smith. 157 I’m sorry, but both of them are very busy right now. 158 Wouldn’t you like some of coffee?
159 I’d rather some of tea, if you don’t mind. 160 Do you know any of those people? 161 Two or three of them look familiar. 162 All of those men are friends of mine. 163 Which one of those men is Mr. Taylow? 164 Is he the tall man on the left?
 Talking about Languages
165 Do you speak English?
166 Yes, a little.
167 Does your friend speak English? 168 Yes, he speaks English perfectly. 169 What’s his native language?
170 I don’t know what his native language is. 171 How many languages do you speak? 172 My friend reads and writes several languages. 173 How well do you speak French? 174 He speaks French with an American accent. 175 My parents speak English perfectly. 176 Mr. Jones can read French pretty well. 177 Sometimes I make a mistake when I speak English.
178 I have a lot of trouble with pronunciation. 179 How is her accent in French?
 Talking about activities
181 What are you doing?
182 I am reading a book.
183 What’s your friend doing?
184 He’s studying his lesson.
185 I’m not doing anything right now. 186 Where are you going?
187 I’m going home.
188 What time are you coming back? 189 I’m not sure what time I’m coming back. 190 What are you thinking about?
191 I’m thinking about my lesson.
192 Who are you writing to?
193 I’m writing to a friend of mine in South American. 194 By the way, who are you waiting for? 195 I’m not waiting for anybody.
 Asking about age.
196 How old are you?
197 I’m twenty-one years old.
198 My brother is not quite twenty-five. 199 Jones is not forty-five yet, is he?
200 Mr. Smith is still in his fifties.
201 I’m two years older than you are.
202 My brother is two years younger than I am. 203 How many are there in your family?
204 There are seven of us altogether.
205 My sister is the oldest.
206 I’m the youngest.
207 Guess how old I am.
208 I’d say you’re about twenty-three.
209 I was thirty on my last birthday.
210 I’m going to be sixty-on next Tuesday.
 Talking about daily activities.
211 What time do you get up every day?
212 I usually wake up early.
213 I get up at 6 o’clock every day.
214 My brother gets up later than I do.
215 After I get dressed, I have breakfast.
216 Usually, I have a big breakfast.
217 I have juice, cereal, toast and coffee for breakfast. 218 I leave the house at eight a.m. each day. 219 I get to work at nine o’clock every morning. 220 I work hard all morning.
221 I got out for lunch at about 12:30.
222 I finish working at 5:45 p.m.
223 I eat dinner at about 7 o’clock.
224 Before I eat dinner, I read the newspaper for a while. 225 I usually go to bed at about midnight.
 Talking about yesterday’s activities. 226 What time did you get up yesterday morning? 227 I woke up early and got up at 6 o’clock. 228 My brother got up earlier than I did.
229 Did you get dressed right away?
230 Yes, I got dressed and had breakfast. 231 What kind of breakfast did you have? 232 What time did you get to work yesterday morning. 233 I left the house at 8 o’clock and got to work at 8:30. 234 Did you work all day?
235 Yes, I worked from early morning until late night. 236 At noon I had lunch with a friend of mine. 237 I finished working at 5:30 and went home. 238 After dinner I read magazine and made some telephone calls.
239 I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.
240 I went to sleep immediately and slept soundly all night.
 Meeting a friend
241 Where did you go yesterday?
242 I went to see a friend of mine.
243 Did you see Mr. Jones yesterday?
244 I didn’t see Mr. Jones, but I saw John smith. 245 What did you talk about?
246 We talked about a lot of things.
247 I asked him a lot of questions.
248 What did you ask him?
249 I asked him if he spoke English.
250 He said he spoke a little English.
251 Then I asked him if he knew anybody in New York. 252 He said he knew a lot of people there. 253 Finally, I asked him how old he was.
254 He said he would rather not tell his age. 255 He answered almost all of my questions.
 Talking about last year’s activities. 256 What time did you used to get up last year? 257 I used to wake up early and get up at 7 o’clock. 258 I used to set my alarm clock for exactly 7 o’clock. 259 I never used to oversleep.
260 I used to get dressed quickly every morning. 261 I always used to leave for work at 8:30. 262 I used to start working at 9:00 o’clock every day. 263 I used to have lunch every day at the same time. 264 1 used to work until nearly 6:00 o’clock each day. 265 I used to have dinner at 7:30 and go to bed early. 266 My brother and I used to go a lot of places together. 267 We used to go to the movies about once a week. 268 We used to have a lost of interesting friends. 269 My brother used to speak French to me all the time. 270 I always used to ask him a lot of questions.
 Asking about addresses.
271 Where do you live?
272 I live on Washington street.
273 What’s your address?
274 I’m Mr. Smith next door neighbor.
275 You live here in the city, don’t you?
276 I’m from out of town.
277 How long have you lived here?
278 I have lived here for five years.
279 He has known me for over ten years. 280 I’ve spoken English all my life.
281 I’ve already read that book.
281 Has he studied French very long?
282 Have you had breakfast already?
283 Yes, I had breakfast two hours ago.
 Asking questions
284 Where were you yesterday afternoon?
285 I was at home all afternoon.
286 I was writing some letters to some friends of mine. 287 What were you doing at about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon? 288 I was listening to the radio.
289 What were you doing when I called you on the telephone? 290 When you called me, I was eating dinner.
291 When I saw Mr. Jones, he was talking with John Smith. 292 While you were writing letters, I was reading a book. 293 While we were having breakfast, John was talking on the telephone. 294 Can you guess what I was doing this morning? 295 I can’t remember what John was doing yesterday afternoon. 296 I have forgotten what he said his address was. 297 I’ve forgotten what time he said he had dinner last night. 298 They called us just as we were having dinner.
 Describing objects
301 What color is your book?
My book has a dark blue cover.
How much does that typewriter weigh?
It is not too heavy, but I don’t know the exact weight.
This round table weighs about forty-five pounds.
What size suitcase do you own?
One of my suitcase is small and other one is medium size.
I like the shape of that table.
How long is Jones Boulevard?
The street is only two miles long.
Will you please measure this window to see how wide it is?
This window is just as wide as that one.
The walls are three inches thick.
This material feels soft.
This pencil is longer than that one.
 Asking people to do things.
Would you please tell Mr. Cooper that I’m here?
Take these books home with you tonight.
Please bring me those magazines.
Put your books down on the table.
Get me a hammer for kitchen, will you?
Hang up my coat in the closet, will you please?
Please don’t bother me now, I’m very busy.
Would you mind mailing this letter for me?
If you have time, will you call me tomorrow?
Please pick up those cups and saucers.
Will you do me a favor?
Please count the chairs in that room.
Please pour this milk into that glass.
 Getting information and directions
Excuse me, sir. Can you give me some information?
Which direction is it to the theatre?
Turn right at the next corner?
How far is it to the university?
It is a long way from here.
The school is just around the corner.
The restaurant is across the street from the hotel.
You can’t miss it.
Do you happen to know Mr. Cooper’s telephone number?
Could you tell me where the nearest telephone is?
Should I go this way or that way?
Go that way for two blocks, then turn left.
I beg your pardon, is this seat taken?
 Talking about family and relatives.
Are you married?
No, I am not married, I am still single.
Your niece is engaged, isn’t she?
My sister has been engaged for two months.
My grandfather got married in 1921.
When is grandparents’ wedding anniversary?
How long have they been married?
They’ve been married for quite a few years.
Who did George marry?
Do they have children?
They had a baby last month.
My son wants to get married in June.
They don’t know when the wedding will be.
Their grandchildren are grown up now.
She’s a widow, her husband died last year.
 Talking about neighbors and friends.
I grew up right here in this neighborhood.
My friend spent his childhood in California.
He lived in California until he was seventeen.
There have been a lot of changes here in the last 20 years.
There used to be a grocery store on the corner.
All of those houses have been built in the last ten years.
They’re building a new house up the street from me.
If you buy that home, will you spend the rest of your life there?
An elderly man rented the big white house.
What beautiful trees those are!
 Talking about future activities.
What time are you going to get up tomorrow morning?
I’ll probably wake up early and get up at 6:30.
What will you do then?
After I get dressed, I’ll have a breakfast.
What will you have for breakfast tomorrow morning?
I’ll probably have eggs and toast for breakfast.
After breakfast, I’ll get ready to go to work.
I’ll leave the house at 8:00 and get to the office at 8:30.
I’ll probably go out for lunch at about 12:30.
I’ll finish working at 5:30 and get home by 6 o’clock.
Are you going to have a dinner at home tomorrow night?
Do you think you’ll go to the movies tomorrow night?
I’ll probably stay home and watch television.
When I get sleepy, I’ll probably get ready for bed.
Do you think you’ll be able to sleep right away?
Talking about the weather.
How is the weather today?
The weather is nice today.
What was the weather like yesterday?
Yesterday it rained all day.
What will the weather be like tomorrow?
It’s going to snow tomorrow.
It’s quite cold today.
It’s been cloudy all morning.
Is it raining now?
It’ll probably clear up this afternoon.
The days are getting hotter.
Today is the first day of spring.
What’s the temperature today?
It’s about seventy degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon.
There’s a cool breeze this evening.
 Talking about sickness and health.
How are you feeling today?
I don’t fell very well this morning.
I was sick yesterday, but I’m better today.
My fever is gone, but I still have a cough.