I just love getting something for free, don’t you? When businesses want to thank their loyal customers they sometimes provide a service or a treat on the house. This is a great way to make sure customers come back again and even tell their friends about their experience.
In today’s video, Dara gives some more examples of how to use this expression. Have a look, and then practice the expression using the prompts below!
On the house? You mean, on the roof of a house?
No! On the house is a phrase which means given for free. It’s usually used in relation to food or drink that is given for free in a restaurant or bar.
Let’s see how this phrase is used naturally:
- I hope you enjoyed your meal. Would you like some tea or coffee? It’s on the house.
- I love Korean restaurants. You pay for the main meal, but all of the side dishes are on the house, with free refills!
- Your wife left you? I’m very sorry to hear it. Here, have a beer on the house.
So, there we are. Have you ever received any food or drink on the house? Let us know in the comments section below.
Think about these questions and try to write an answer using today’s idiom.
- Have you ever received something for free in a restaurant on your birthday?
- If you were the owner of a bar or restaurant, what free items would you provide to your customers?
- What do you think are the benefits of offering free gifts to customers?
- In Ireland, musicians are sometimes offered free drinks in a bar in exchange for playing a few songs. Do you have a similar custom in your culture?
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