564 – Using BY

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I help people speak English better.

You know it’s hard to believe it’s December already. By far, this has been one of the fastest years on record. And speaking of records, the number of Covid cases is again hitting records. Masks up everyone! Please!

By the way, for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at eight different phrases that start with the preposition BY. Are you ready? Let’s get the ball rolling!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • I made it to the train station by a hair.
  • I got to work on time, but it was by a hair.
  • Nice guess, but you are off by a mile. A steak dinner in New York City costs much more than thirty dollars per person.
  • It looks like I read the essay question wrong, so my answer was off by a mile.
  • Borrow my pen? By all means.
  • I heard you need a place to stay when you come to the city next weekend. By all means, stay at my place.
  • Do you by chance know how to create a graph with Excel?
  • By any chance have you seen my keys? I can’t find them anywhere.
  • New York city is by far the most expensive place to live in America.
  • The Beatles were by far the most innovative music group in pop music history.
  • There’s no way you’re going to get any extra vacation days. The boss always goes by the book.
  • They do everything by the book in that factory, so there hasn’t been an accident in over 50 years.
  • If you eat a lot of junk food, you’ll certainly gain weight. By the same token, eating healthy food could help keep your weight down.
  • Because of the pandemic, we’re not able to go to restaurants. But by the same token, we’re saving a lot of money.
  • We were late, so by the time we got to the party last night, most of the guests had already left.
  • I’m not going to go to the gym tonight. By the time I finish work, I’ll be too tired.

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