Introducing yourself and others

Introducing yourself
Introducing yourself

Conversation: Meeting at a party
Todd: Hi—you must be John’s cousin Matt, right? From San Diego?
M a t t : Correct! I just got in last night.
Todd: I’m Todd, Johns roommate from Tech. Glad to meet you. I can assure you
that I’m not anything like what John has told you.
M a t t : I’m happy to meet you, too—and, yes—I have heard about you! Football
player and party animal extraordinaire.
Todd: Football, yes—and as a matter of fact, I do like parties. But tell me more
about yourself and what you do in San Diego.
M a t t: Well, I’m more (of) a surfer than a football player. You know, San Diego has
a fantastic coast—and we can surf all day and then party on the beach at night.
Todd: That sounds awesome. How long are you staying?
Ma t t: Well, I’ll be here for two weeks. John has promised me a nonstop schedule—
kind of a m ix of sightseeing, meeting his friends, checking out the local scene,
and—hopefully—camping in the mountains for a couple o f days.
Todd: John’s a good guy—and you can be sure he knows the local scene. He knows
everybody in town. I’m sure he’ll show you a good time. And his friends are here to
help.
M a t t : Thanks so much—I really appreciate that. I’m still a bit jet-lagged at the
moment but should be in good shape by tomorrow. I’m looking forward to hearing
what John has in store for me….
Todd: Don’t worry. We’ll all take good care of you. And don’t be surprised if we show
up on y our doorstep in San Diego one day, ready for surfing!
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I’m Todd (Jones)
Simply using I’m and then saying your name is one way to introduce yourself. You
could also say, for example, My name’s Todd (Jones). It is customary to offer your
right hand in a handshake to the other person. In very informal situations, you
could just say Hi, I’m Todd, with no handshake.
To introduce one or more people other than yourself, say:
This is (my wife,) Mary. And this is Susan, Bob, and Joe.
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To introduce more than one person and also tell how you know them, say:
These are my friends, Susan and Bob. And this is Jim, my coworker.
All of the people introduced would then shake hands. You could also say:
I want you to meet (my friends,) Susan and Bob.
Glad/happy to meet you
When you have been introduced to someone, it is customary to say (I’m) glad/happy to meet you
or It’s nice to meet you. The reply is I’m happy to meet you or I’m happy to meet you, too. (The
underlined words are pronounced slightly louder than the others.)
Right?
Right? is an informal way to ask for confirmation that what you have just said is true. The answer
can be That’s right!
This train goes to Washington, right? That’s right.
You’re from Panama, right? That’s right, I am.
Correct!
This is an informal answer to a question that asks for confirmation.
You’re Matt, aren’t you? Correct!
This is Economics 101, right? Correct!
If you want to tell your questioner that he or she is not correct, you can politely say this with,
for example:
No, that’s not right.
No, that’s not correct.
No, I’m not Matt; I’m Jim.
No, she isn’t my sister. She’s my cousin.
(The underlined words in the examples should be spoken slightly louder than the other words in
the sentence.)
To sarcastically indicate that something is not correct, Yeah, right! is used.
Dylan, I heard you just won the lottery Yeah, right! Where did you hear
jackpot! that nonsense?
Am, do, etc.
When a yes-or-no question using the verb to be is asked, the answer can be made emphatic by
following it with a tag, in which, if the answer is yes, the verb is said a little louder than the other
words. Affirmative tag answers are not contracted.
Are you unhappy?
Is he sick?
Are we winning?
Are they leaving?
Yes, I am.
Yes, he is.
Yes, we are.
Yes, they are.

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When the answer is no, there are two ways to answer with a tag. The underlined words are
the ones said a little louder. Negative tag answers are usually contracted. The full form makes
them more emphatic.
Are you unhappy? No, I’m not./No, I am not.
Is he sick? No, he’s not./No, he isn’t./No, he is not.
Are we winning? No, we’re not./No, we aren’t./No, we are not.
Are they leaving? No, they’re not./No, they aren’t./No, they are not.
When an information question using any verb other than to be is asked, the answer can be
made emphatic by following it with a tag, in which the verb is said a little louder than the other
words.
Do you eat meat? Yes, I do./No, I don’t./No, I do not.
Does he like school? Yes, he does./No, he doesn’t./No, he does not.
Do we wait in line? Yes, we do./No, we don’t./No, we do not.
Do they live here? Yes, they do./No, they don’t./No, they do not.
As a matter of fact
As a matter of fact, is a common expression that has a number of different meanings. In our
example conversation, it introduces a confirmation of what was previously said. It can go before
the main clause or after the verb.
I heard you were looking for a job. As a matter of fact, I am!
Your friend is very good-looking; is he He is, as a matter of fact!
single?
You can express the same meaning with actually but put it after the verb.
I heard you were looking for a job. I am, actually.
Your friend is beautiful, but I’ll bet She is, actually.
she’s married.
Just
This use of just indicates that something happened only a short time before. It can be used with
the past tense or with the present perfect tense. For example:
Past tense Present perfect tense
I just arrived. I have just arrived.
They just finished. They have just finished.
We just ate. We have just eaten.
He just called. He has just called.
To get in
To get in means to arrive and is usually used in the past tense.
What time did you get in?
They got in late last night.
Another way to say to arrive, when it refers to the future, is to get there.
I hope we get there on time.
She will get there by six.
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To get in can also mean to be accepted by a school/college/university or another group with
limited membership.
He applied to that college and really hopes to get in.
She didn’t get in her first choice of sororities, but she got in another one, and she’s happy.
I can assure you that… /you can be sure (that). . .
These are common ways of saying that you believe something to be true, hoping to win the confidence of the person you are talking to.
I can assure you that I will work hard.
You can be sure that something interesting will happen.
Here is another way to express that you believe something to be true:
I promise you that we won’t leave until the work is done.
Party animal
Party animal is an informal expression used to characterize someone who spends a lot of time
with friends or acquaintances for entertainment—either at home or in public places.
My friend Eric will take you downtown on Saturday night; he’s a real party animal, so you’ll
meet lots of people.
Extraordinaire
Extraordinaire is a word borrowed from French, pronounced in English “ek stra or d- NAYRE”
It is used to exaggerate the meaning of the previous word.
I’d like you to meet Marc—he’s our pastry chef extraordinaire. You have to try his
cheesecake!
What do you do?
The question What do you do? asks what one’s job or occupation is. When you answer with a
form of to be, you give a general job title. Note that the article a is always used when referring to
only one person but is never used when referring to more than one person.
What do you do? I’m a lawyer.
What does he do? He’s a painter.
What does she do? She’s a banker.
What do they do? They’re professors.
When the answer refers to someone who has a special title or position (i.e., is the only one in
that position), use the instead of a.
What does he do? He’s the president of ABC Enterprises.
What do you do? I’m the school secretary (the only one).
When you answer with another verb, you give more specific information about where you work.
What do you do? I work for a large firm.
What does he do? He drives a delivery truck.
What does she do? She works at Atlas Bank.
What do they do? They teach French at Loyola.

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When a specific time or place is included in the question, the answer refers to how people
spend their time, not just what their jobs are.
What do you do on weekends?
What does she do at the beach?
I relax and hang out with my friends.
She surfs, relaxes on the beach, and
goes to the boardwalk for fun.
Tell me about yourself
Tell me about yourself is a polite way to let someone know that you are interested in learning
more about him or her. It is better than asking direct questions, as the person being asked can
decide what to tell and what not to tell. For example:
Tell me about yourself.
Tell me about yourself.
Well, I’m twenty-seven, I have a degree
in mathematics, and I’ve been
working at SYZ Company for three
years. My parents are both
economists and I have a sister who’s
a nurse and two younger brothers.
They all live in Connecticut, where I
was born. I’m crazy about football
and have season tickets. I listen to
reggae, etc.
Well, I’m from a small town, and I
came here to work.
Awesome
Awesome is an expression that is used a lot—maybe too much!—to say that you think something
is really good. Other ways to express the same thing include great, fantastic, terrific, wonderful,
and cool.
So … how do you like it here?
Did you like the movie?
Thank you for taking me—
you’re awesome!
Nonstop schedule
Nonstop schedule describes the activities of a very busy person, whether it be because of work,
school, family responsibilities, or even social life.
I don’t have time to see you this week, with my nonstop schedule.
Other ways to indicate nonstop activity are around-the-clock or twenty-four-seven (twentyfour hours a day, seven days a week).
I get telephone calls around-the-clock.
He works twenty-four-seven, so I hardly ever see him.
A mix
A mix refers to a combination of different elements, usually indicating variety.
There will be a good mix of music at the wedding, to keep the grandparents, the parents, and
the young people happy.
We invited a mix of people—family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
It’s awesome!
It was awesome!
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Hopefully
Hopefully is a word inserted to indicate your wishes that something will happen. It can come in
the middle of a verb phrase (will + hopefully + verb), before the subject, or at the end of a
sentence.
I’ll hopefully graduate in two years.
Hopefully, I’ll graduate in two years.
I’ll graduate in two years, hopefully.
If we leave right away, hopefully we’ll arrive on time.
A couple of
A couple really means two; however, informally, it can mean more than that—but it does indicate
a small number.
I’ll see you in a couple of hours. I’ll see you sometime today.
It only costs a couple of dollars. It costs less than five dollars.
He’ll be home in a couple of months. He’ll be home before the end of the year.
A good guy
Calling someone a good guy is a common way to recommend a male as being understanding of
someone’s situation, helpful, or generous. A female with the same kind of recommendation would
be called understanding/helpful/generous.
If you’re looking for a used car, go see Sam Smith; he’s a good guy and will probably give you
a good price.
If you want a teaching job, call Mary Johnson; she’s very understanding and will give you
good advice.
The local scene
The local scene refers to the culture and range of entertainment offered in a particular area.
I’m moving to Springfield next month. Oh, it’s great! There are lots of things to do
What’s the local scene like there? at night and on weekends.
To show someone a good time
To show someone a good time means to make sure he or she is entertained.
If you come visit in December, we’ll show you a good time. All our friends have parties in
December!
Thanks so much
Thanks so much is a common way of expressing appreciation. Other ways to say this are Thank
you very much/Thanks a lot/I really appreciate this/You’re a doll (very informal)/You’re a
sweetheart (very informal).
The reply to any of these could be You’re welcome/No problem/I’m glad I could help you/
Glad to help/Any time.
Thanks so much for fixing my tire. No problem.
I really appreciate it.
Thank you very much for helping us. You’re welcome. Any time.
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To be in good shape
To be in good shape means to be fit financially or situationally.
My sister’s husband has a good job, so they’re in good shape financially.
She has a good education and a lot of experience, so she’s in good shape for the job market.
A similar expression, to be in shape, means to be physically fit.
She exercises every day to stay in shape.
You look great. How do you stay in shape?
To be looking forward to something
The expression looking forward to indicates that the speaker is very happy about a future event.
I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.
She’s really looking forward to going to college in the fall.
Another way to say this is with the expression, can’t wait to.
I can’t wait to see you on Saturday.
She can’t wait to go to college in the fall.
To have in store for
The phrase to have in store for indicates an unknown situation that someone presents to someone else; it can be good or bad.
Well, I’m going home, but I have no idea what my family will have in store for me.
We’re going shopping tomorrow to see what the designers have in store for us this season.
He’s been working there for years, but he never knows what’s in store for him until he gets
there.
To show up on someone’s doorstep
To show up on someone’s doorstep means to visit someone without notice. It doesn’t necessarily
mean that you plan to stay overnight—or longer—but it’s possible.
I was just getting ready to go out when my cousin showed up on my doorstep.
Related expressions are drop in and drop by, but these are used only for short visits—never
an overnight stay.
We were in town, so we decided to drop in to see you.
Please drop by for a while. I miss seeing you.
To show up, on the other hand, is used negatively to indicate that someone often doesn’t
appear when expected.
Pia said she was coming, but you never know if she’ll show up or not.
Another meaning of show up, when used with a direct object, is to perform or seem better
than someone else.
Your singing was fantastic! You showed up all the other contestants.
He will show up the competition with his fantastic speech.
She showed us all up when she came in wearing that red dress!
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Circle the most appropriate short answer for each question.
Is Larry coming tomorrow?
a. Yes, he does. c. Yes, he is.
b. No, he doesn’t. d. No, he won’t.
Do you like chocolate ice cream?
a. No, I’m not. c. Yes, 1 am.
b. No, 1 don’t. d. Yes, she does.
Are we leaving at six?
a. Yes, they are. c. Yes, we are.
b. Yes, they do. d. No, we don’t.
Is she a lawyer?
a. No, she doesn’t. c. No, he doesn’t.
b. Yes, he is. d. Yes, she is.
Are they here yet?
a. No, they’re not. c. No, they do not.
b. Yes, they’re. d. Yes, they do.
Match each remark in the first column with an appropriate response from the second
column. Note: Some remarks have more than one appropriate response.
1. Thank you! a. As a matter of fact, no.
2. I just got in from Chicago. b. Awesome.
3. Are you a doctor? c. Glad I could help you.
4. Tell me about yourself. d. He’s a cook.
5. I’m a real party animal. e. I am, actually.
6. We’re in good shape financially. f. I hope I get in.
7. You should go to college. g- I’m a college student from Ohio.
8. You’re a doll. h. No problem.
9. Is this your doll? i. No, I’m not.
10. What does he do? j- Then you can show us a good time.
k. Welcome.
I. Yeah, right!
m. Yes, it is.
n. You’re welcome.
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Write a tag answer for each of the following questions.
1. Do you work twenty-four-seven?
2. Are you from New York?
3. Do your parents live in Los Angeles?
4. Are you a student?
5. Is your best friend studying English?
Write a yes-or-no question for each of the following answers.
1.
No, we don’t.
2. _______________________________________________________________
Yes, she is.
3.
No, they aren’t.
4 _____________________________________________________________
Yes, I do.
5_____________________________________________________________
Yes, he does.
6.
No, I’m not.
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Match the words or expressions in the first column with words or expressions in the second
column that have a similar meaning. Note: There may be more than one match for each
expression.
1. a party animal a. twenty-four-seven
2. extraordinaire b. a combination
3. awesome c. an understanding male
4. a mix d. arrive
5. you’re welcome e. attend
6. nonstop f. be accepted
7. hopefully g- current events here
8. in shape h. fantastic
9. a couple of i. glad to help you
10. a good guy j- have plans for someone
11. any tim e k. if we are lucky
12. the local scene I. no problem
13. look forward to m. physically fit
14. have in store for n. round-the-clock
15. show up o. someone who likes to have fun
16. get in P- two
17. can’t wait q- expert
r. want to
Circle the most appropriate response to each remark.
1. Are you Sam’s brother?
a. No, I don’t. c. I can assure you.
b. That’s correct. d. As a matter of fact.
2. I’m the president’s brother.
a. Actually! c. Yeah, right!
b. You’re a doll! d. You’re welcome.
3. We’re leaving at six tom orrow morning.
a. Awesome. c. Anytim e.
b. I’m in shape. d. No, I’m not.
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4. I work all the time.
a. Yes, you’re a party animal. c. Yes, you have just arrived.
b. Yes, you got in. d. Yes, you’re busy twenty-four-seven.
5. Are you coming to my party?
a. I’m looking forward to it c. I’m in shape.
b. It’s a mix. d. I can assure you th a t
ite a remark or question for each of the following responses.
1___________________________________________________________________
She’s a teacher.
2. _____________________________________________________________________
You’re welcome.
3. _____________________________________________________________________
I can assure you that I’ll show up on time.
4. _____________________________________________________________________
I’m an engineer from Seattle, and I’ve been working here for six months.
5. _____________________________________________________________________
I can’t wait.
Fill each blank with the correct form of the indicated verb.
1. I can’t w ait to (see)
2. We are looking forward to (see)
3. Are you looking forward to (go)
4. W hat are you looking forward to (do)
5. I can’t w ait to (hear)________________
you next week.
____________ you next week.
____________ on your vacation?
_________________ there?
all about it
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Imagine you are introducing two of your friends to each other. Write what you would say
and what each of your friends would say. Ask an English-speaking friend to check your
answers.
Write a conversation between two people, using at least eight of the expressions explained
in this chapter.

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