Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

in terms of in EnglishOne listener asked us about the phrase “In terms of” and today we’ll show you how to use it, when to use it, and when to avoid it so that you can keep your English interesting and connect with people.

When we hear this phrase it sounds a little bit formal. It’s not something to use all of the time.

It is better for business meetings and presentations in a more formal atmosphere.

It feels stiff when we use it in social and casual contexts. It could put distance between you and the person you are speaking with because it may tell the person that you want to keep things formal.


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What does “in terms of” mean?

  • “Regarding…”
  • “Concerning …”
  • “In relation to ….”
  • As measured by …”


It can be used as a nice transition to move on to a new topic in a business meeting.

When it’s your turn to speak you can say “In terms of ….” and then you can expand on the topic that you want to talk about.


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More casual phrases to use instead of “in terms of”:

  • As far as a good kind of dog food, we could choose this one or that one”
  • “What do you want to do about dinner?”
  • “What do you want to do for dinner?”


*Listen to the conversation between Lindsay and Michelle about how to use “in terms of” when you ask about responsibilities when it comes to taking care of a dog.


Bonus phrasal verb:

To take off: This means to leave. You can use it casually when you say that you are leaving a place.


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How would you use this phrases? Let us know.

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