Habits

There are some activities that are a regular part of our daily lives. We have a number of English phrases for talking about habits - both the good ones and the bad ones.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. I spend a lot of time...
  2. I (often) tend to...
  3. You'll always find me...
  4. ___ is a big part of my life.
  5. I always make a point of...
  6. Whenever I get the chance, I...
  7. I have a habit of..
  8. I can't (seem to) stop...
  9. I'm always...
  10. I can't help...
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10 are followed by a gerund. (-ing form)
  2. Phrase 2 is followed by the infinitive of the main verb (e.g. I often tend to watch TV in the evenings.)
  3. Phrase 4 needs a noun or gerund in the blank space.
  4. Phrases 1 - 3 are quite neutral. The habit is neither a good one or bad one.
  5. Phrase 4 is a bit more positive and phrases 5 and 6 show that the speaker likes doing these things and tries to do them a lot.
  6. Phrase 7 suggests that the speaker often does something but that it's not intentional. It may be a bad habit.
  7. Phrases 8 to 10 are habits that the speaker thinks are bad but cannot stop.
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