There are some English phrases that you probably won’t find in a text book or hear about when you study English at school but they are used often by native speakers in everyday dialogue and ‘I could do with’ is one of those. If you can use it in conversation in an appropriate situation, it will make your speaking sound very natural!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
We use I could do with….. to talk about something that we want or something that would make our lives easier/better in that moment.
HOW CAN I USE ‘I COULD DO WITH’ IN REAL LIFE?
Here are 5 natural examples:
Perhaps you are cutting a loaf of bread and the knife is blunt so it’s hard work so you say to your boyfriend “I could do with a sharper knife really. Can you pass me one from that drawer.”
Perhaps you are in a clothes shop with your friend so you say to your friend “I could do with a new pair of black trousers for work. My other ones are looking a bit old now.”
Perhaps you are confused about how your new laptop works so you say to your grandchild “I could do with your help when you’ve finished your homework!”
Perhaps you are spending too much time in the office at the moment and you feel tired and in need of a break so you say to your wife “I could do with having some time off work. I’ll speak to the boss about my holiday allowance tomorrow.”
Perhaps you are cooking and you ask your brother to taste the sauce and he says “It’s not bad but it could do with a bit more salt.”
Notice the structure of this phrase:
I could do with + noun (a sharper knife, some new trousers, your help)
I could do with + ing verb (having some time off)
It could do with + noun (a bit more salt)
Is there anything that you need/want in your life right now? I’d love to hear your example, post it in the comments below 🙂