Lesson Transcript

Hi, everybody! My name is Alisha.
Welcome back to Top Words.
In this lesson, we're going to talk about 10 expressions for receiving things.
So, let's get started!
1. I got…
The first expression is "I got..."
I got…
This is a very basic expression you can use when you receive anything and you want to report to someone else. "Got" is the past tense of "get," get. So, "I got" followed by the item you received. So, I got a present. I got a bonus. I got a great new job. Anything you receive, you can report about it with "got," "I got…"
In a sentence:
"I got a really nice present from my students!"
2. I received…
The next expression is "I received…"
I received…
So, "received" has really the same meaning as "got," but receive is more formal. So we use "received," the past tense form of "receive" for more polite situations or maybe, for more important things that we get. So "get" and "receive" have roughly the same meaning, but "receive" has a higher level of formality about it.
In a sentence:
"I received a holiday bonus from my company."
3. My ____ gave me…
The next expression is "My (something, something) gave me…" where (something, something) is a person, someone that you have a relationship with, like a family member, a co-worker, a boss, neighbour, whatever. So like my neighbour gave me a housewarming present, or my mother gave a bouquet of flowers. My boyfriend gave chocolate, for example.
So, we use this expression when we want to mention the person who gave something and we want to report who received that thing. So, we use past tense give, "gave." My (something, something) gave me (blah, blah, blah) in this case. So, we can change the people in the sentence to show, like the exchange of objects, the exchange of items, the passing of items between different people.
In a sentence:
"My brother gave me a gift card."
4. Thank you so much!
The next expression is "Thank you so much!"
Thank you so much!
So, of course, if you receive something, it's good manners to say thank you for that. So, when you receive a gift, it's good to say thank you or thank you so much to express your appreciation. So please, don't forget this important phrase when you receive something or when you are given something.
In a sentence:
"Thank you so much for the present!"
5. What is it?
The next expression is "What is it?"
What is it?
So, sometimes, you receive, like kind of a strangely shaped package or maybe the item you received is not clear, you don't know what the object is. In that case, you can simply ask, what is it? What is it?
So, try to do this in a happy way? If you say, "What is it?" you might have, like kind of a problem with the person who gave the gift to you, so try to say, "Whoa, what is it?" like to show that you're surprised, that you're interested. So please be careful with your intonation with this expression.
What is it?
In a sentence:
"Whoa, a present! What is it?"
6. Can I open it?
The next expression is, "Can I open it?"
Can I open it?
So, if you get a present somewhere, and maybe you're not sure if it's the right time to open the present, you can ask the person who gave you the present, "Can I open it?" Is it okay to reveal the present? We use the verb "open" for presents, to open a present.
In a sentence:
"Wow, thanks! Can I open it?"
7. You really shouldn't have!
The next expression is, "You really shouldn't have!"
You really shouldn't have!
This is kind of a nice expression to say, thank you so much, but you should not have purchased this item for me. So, it's, it's kind of like a little bit of a self-deprecation, like you're lowering yourself a little bit with this expression, like, "Oh! Thank you, but you should not have purchased this." You shouldn't have given me this gift. It's too much. It's too much. But we also use it to show appreciation too. Uh, you shouldn't have. You really shouldn't have. But usually, this expression is said with a smile, at the same time.
In a sentence:
"A present? For me? You really shouldn't have!"
"You really shouldn't have" can reflect like, oh gosh, you shouldn't have gone through all that effort. You didn't need to take the time to buy me a gift, in other words. So, nice expression, I think.
8. That's really nice of you!
Let's go on to the next one, which is "That's really nice of you!"
That's really nice of you!
So, again, this is an expression we can use to show appreciation. Wow, that's really nice of you. So, that's really nice of you to do, in other words. So, thank you for doing a nice thing, in other words. That's really nice of you. That's really nice of you. So again, an appreciation expression.
In a sentence:
"Wow, that's really nice of you!"
9. I really appreciate it.
The next expression is, "I really appreciate it."
I really appreciate it.
So maybe, a step above thank you very much is "I really appreciate it." So, to appreciate something is like to be grateful, to show your thanks for something. I really appreciate it. So we use this in slightly more formal situations to express our gratitude for something. Again, a very positive and appreciative expression, I really appreciate it.
In a sentence:
"Thank you! I really appreciate it."
10. This is great!
The next expression is, "This is great!"
This is great!
So, make sure to use this kind of intonation. Make sure to use an upward intonation when you say this. You get a present, you get something, you've received something, and you want to say, you're happy with it! You can say, "This is great!" Make sure to use that happy intonation. If you say, "This is great," it's like, oh no, it's not sincere at all, so try to make sure your voice sounds happy when you use that.
In a sentence:
"A new sweater? This is great!"