One-Point English Idiom Lesson: Using “All of a Sudden”

Michael Happy English! 2 Comments

All of a sudden!

The idiom all of a sudden means suddenly. We generally use this idiom when we talk about something that happened past, and usually the thing that happened was unexpected. You can use all of a sudden + S V or S all of a sudden V. You can also use all of a sudden at the end of a past sentence.

  • I was waiting for the bus. All of a sudden, it started raining.
  • During the meeting, Jane all of a sudden walked out of the room.
  • Jack walked in front of the house. All of a sudden, a cat jumped in front of him.
  • When I was sitting in the restaurant, the building started shaking all of a sudden. It seems like there was a mild earthquake.

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  • http://javiervallestero.blogspot.com.es Francisco Javier

    All of a sudden, I thought about another similar idiom “out of the blue”.

    • http://blog.myhappyenglish.com Michael

      Your comment came out of the blue, but all of a sudden it seems like a great idea!