We use the English idiom ‘better late than never’ to show that we are relieved that somebody or something is coming, while at the same time expressing annoyance that they or it will be late.
[On the phone:]
Peter: Will you be able to bring my laptop back tonight? I really need it to finish my assignment.
Greta: Sure. I’ll be round at about ten. Will that be alright?
Peter: I’ll probably be asleep by then, Greta!
Greta: Sorry! I won’t be there till at least ten, because I’m working at the club till nine thirty.
Peter: OK. Don’t worry. Better late than never.
We use the English idiom ‘It’s the best thing since sliced bread’ to describe something that we think is fantastic or wonderful.
Peter: Can you show me your new phone?
Greta: Here it is.
Peter: Oh, it’s a new iPhone X. These are really amazing. Look at that screen!
Greta: I know. It can do everything – and more! It’s the best thing since sliced bread.
The only question is – what was the best thing before sliced bread was invented?
The English idiom ‘It’s no skin off my nose’ means ‘It doesn’t affect me’ or ‘It doesn’t bother me’.
John: So you didn’t get an invitation to the party then?
Peter: No. Did you?
John: Yes, of course! I bet you feel disappointed, don’t you?
Peter: No! It’s no skin off my nose. I didn’t want to go anyway.
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Here is the original worksheet from Big Grammar Book Intermediate Book 1: