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Expressions we use when leaving a place

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Today we look at some informal expressions we can use when we are leaving a place. These expressions let the people you are with know that it's time for you to go.

When we are with friends or people we know well it is ok to use informal English. It is also ok to leave a place without giving too much of an explanation when you are talking to friends. You can leave suddenly using one of these simple phrases. 

Gotta go! See you tomorrow!


Informal ways of leaving a place

I've got to run

"I've got to run or I'll miss my train."

I'm off

"I've done what I needed to do so I'm off. I'll see you tomorrow."

I must be off

"I must be off, it's getting late. It was nice talking with you."

Shoot off

"I'm shooting off now, I want to get to the shops before they close."

Make a move

"We should make a move now because we all have to be up early tomorrow."

Bail out

"This party is terrible: I'm going to bail (out)."


"Where did you disappear to last night? I didn't notice you leave."

Can you complete these leaving expressions?

  • 1 - I've had enought. I'm going to bail ___.

  • 2 - What time do you think we should make a ___?

  • 3 - I need to ___ off early today. I hope my boss says it's ok?

  • 4 - If I don't ___ now I'll be late.

  • 5 - It's almost 10pm, you had better ___.

  • 6 - What time do you need to be ___?