English phrases for daily use: Plenty
Summary: English phrases for daily use
If we were to list all the English phrases used daily, it would be a long list of words. English phrases are just a group of English words that for many reasons just get used together repeatedly. Usually because it's a quick way of communicating a concept. And because these are common phrases the people hearing them will quickly get the idea being communicated.
So when I’m searching the internet doing research for podcasts and articles like this one I’m amazed to find things like “50 English phrases you must know…” or “500 phrases you must know…”. Let’s start by stating, you need not know these phrases. There are so many phrases you could waste a lot of time learning them for little benefit.
I know I said they can be useful for speeding up an English conversation or to help you when listening to an English conversation. But to be honest most of the time you can use simple English words to achieve the same results, you may end up using more of them (you may not!) but the context of the conversation a few simple words will almost always get the same result as a common English phrase. And if you are listening to a native English speaker using a common English phrase you do not understand, just ask them what they mean.
Audio Transcript: English phrases for daily use: Plenty
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English phrases for daily use - ‘No room’ and ‘Plenty room’
So what about another of those ‘English phrases for daily use’. So, one of the things which we cover regularly in Adept English podcasts is those ‘English phrases for daily use’. So today, let’s talk about the phrases ‘No Room’ and its opposite ‘Plenty Room’. These are phrases which you might find written down, but it’s much more frequent to hear these used in conversation.
Vocabulary first of all. You probably know the word ‘room’ as a noun – so your house is divided up into rooms by its walls. If you have an office at work – that also is a room. You can have a bedroom, a bathroom – even your kitchen is a room. So that’s one use of the word room. With this meaning you can say ‘the room’ or ‘a room’. But when we use the phrases ‘No room’ or ‘plenty room’ - we’re using the word ‘room’ more as though it were a substance. So it’s what’s called a ‘mass noun’ - so a bit like water, or air, or fun, or advice or knowledge or work or electricity. It’s ‘stuff’ – like a substance – it cannot be counted, it’s a quantity of something – and it could be abstract, even. So even here, you can put a ‘the’ in front of it, which makes it specific – so if you say ‘the air’ it means ‘this air here’, whereas if you just say ‘air’ - it means ‘air in general, any air’. So you can use the word ‘room’ like this. It means the same as ‘space’.
So the point is, these ‘English phrases for daily use’, ‘No room’ and ‘plenty room’ - are using the word ‘room’ really to mean space. So ‘No room’ means that there isn’t space, there isn’t anywhere to put or to keep something or someone. And the phrase ‘plenty room’ means the opposite - ‘there is space to put or keep the thing or the person’. So you might hear these two phrases used in lots of different contexts.
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Examples using ‘no room’ and ‘plenty room’
If you’re offering lifts in your car, you might say ‘I have room for 4 people’ or ‘I only have room for two’ - or ‘I have no room in my car, because it’s full of shopping or tools or something’. If there is ‘plenty room’ – it means there’s a lot of room. ‘Plenty’, P-L-E-N-T-Y can be used as a noun – to mean ‘more than enough’ and it can be used as an adjective. So you might say ‘there are plenty of apples’ or ‘there is plenty milk’. And here, ‘there is plenty room’. If you’re sitting on a bench – so a long seat, rather than separate chairs – someone might say ‘Oh, here’s somebody else. Move up – make room for them’. And then you squeeze in another person onto the seat.
If there are a number of people looking for somewhere to stay the night, you might say ‘Oh, come to our house, we’ve got plenty room’. This may literally mean that you have ‘plenty of beds or bedrooms for people to sleep in’ or it could just be room for people to sleep on the floor. If you’re saying ‘Let’s hold a meeting or a yoga class, or a get-together of some kind’ - you might say ‘There’s plenty room at our house’, meaning the space at our house is big enough for everyone to be together. Or if you live somewhere small, you might say ‘We don’t have enough room at our flat for everyone’. Or ‘We’ve a bit of room – squeeze in!’. So ‘no room’ and ‘plenty room’ are ‘English phrases for daily use’ which you’re more likely to meet in informal conversation.
And it’s not just people who need room. It might be ‘Please can you store those boxes at your house? We don’t have any room’. Or perhaps ‘There is no room in my suitcase for the presents I’ve just bought. Do you have room in your suitcase for them?’ And the reply might be ‘Yes, I’ve plenty room in my suitcase, please fill it up with your presents’ which sounds maybe unlikely, so the reply could be ‘No, I don’t have any room in my suitcase either!’.
So hopefully that makes much clearer the meaning of those ‘English phrases for daily use’ - ‘no room’ and ‘plenty room’.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
PS: Common English Phrases You Hear In The UK Today
When I hear the word plenty, it makes me think of my physics lessons in school. I remember a famous presentation once given titled “Plenty of room at the bottom”. Which was talking about atoms and the space you have the smaller you go in the world of physics.
I also remember things like “Times of plenty” meaning having lots of something, as opposed to not having them. For example; in spring and summer or harvest time on a farm you should have plenty of crops, yet in winter it would not be a time of plenty.
These are far more interesting uses of the English phrase plenty than say, I have plenty of cash (money). But times move on and English phrases get used for ever more trivial purposes. Saying that, plenty is an example everyday English phrase today because guess what? We heard it being used, not once but 3-4 times. Which makes choosing which popular English phrases will be useful to you rather easy.
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