Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) not proud or arrogant, neither special nor important
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    • humble beginnings
  • Analysis

    If you are a 'humble' person you are modest and unassuming. A modest person avoids being arrogant or boasting about their work or achievements. Modest can also mean insignificant or in extravagant.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I was totally wrong. I offer you my humble apologies.
    2. I am very uncomfortable talking about my achievements. My parents brought me up to be humble.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our latest sales figures were quite humbling. They showed that despite the great strides we've made recently, we still have some way to go before we can compete with the market leaders.
    2. The business started from fairly humble beginnings, but has grown exponentially since then.
    3. Tom was humbled by the thanks he received from his students on the last day of school. It made him realise the impact his teaching had had on them.
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