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How to greet someone you haven't seen for ages

Learn some phrases for talking with someone you haven't seen in a long time.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


interesting conversation

Thank Mr Kirk and the LearnEnglish Team so much.

Hi sir,
could you tell me about the sentence " catch up!" of woman in the end of conversation, how does it mean in this situation ? I don't understand.

Hello Petertin17,

What she means is 'We should get together for a drink in order to catch up!' In this context, 'catch up' means 'talk about what has happened in our lives since we last saw each other'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter M ,
the context about The work is:
Woman: No way! I bought a big house with… four bedrooms, and a garden… the works.

Can you expplain me this sentence.

Besr wishes

Hello medmomo,

In this context, 'the works' means 'everything that you could want'. For example, if you go to New York and order a hamburger in a restaurant, you could get it 'with the works', which means it would come with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, onion, mayonnaise ... Here it means the house had everything she wanted, and perhaps even more.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir Kirk ,

I need to know what is the meaning of the word works: The Works is this course ?

Best Wishes

Hello medmomo,

'Works' can refer to pieces of writing by authors. For example, you might see a book entitled 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' which would contain everything Shakespeare ever wrote. That may be the meaning here but without knowing the context I cannot say for sure. Unless 'The Works' is a title (of a play, a film or a book, for example) then it would not have a capital letter but would be 'The works...'


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I haven't see you for a long time= haven't see you for ages

Haven’t seen you in ages!
sir pls explain this sentence.