Matter – English noun, verb and expressions

Matter – English noun, verb and expressions

In this complete tutorial for beginners’ learners are going to learn a vocabulary lesson and the word we’re looking at is “matter”.

So here is the spelling M-A-T -T- E- R \ ˈma-tər  \

In this lesson you will learn how to use:

matter” as a noun

matter” as a verb

You will also learn 3 very useful expressions with “matter”.

matter as a noun (1)

Before we further proceed, watch the video here about Matter English noun verb expressions:

A situation or subject that is being considered.


Kevin: Why are you upset?

John: It’s a personal matter.

So, it’s a personal matter, john is saying it’s a personal subject or it’s a personal situation. As you can see in this example, we are using the word matter as a noun.

Another examples:

Anne: My passport has been stolen. What should I do?

Carol: It’s a matter for the police.

Principal: There are important matters I would like to discuss in the meeting.

matter as a noun (2)

This means “the reason for a problem, pain or worry”.

This is often a question: “What is the matter?”


Dan: You look upset? What’s the matter?

What’s the matter with your arm?

Tom: My motorcycle won’t start.

Dave: What’s the matter with it?

Ken: I think it has a flat battery.

matter as a verb (1)

= to be important


Black lives matter.

= Black lives are important.

Gary: I’m sorry I can’t help with your project.

Mike: It doesn’t matter. Maybe next time.

Jim: I forgot to thank the director.

Tom: Don’t worry, I’m sure it didn’t matter.

matter as a verb in questions

Questions with the verb “matter” mean: “Is it a problem…?


Does it matter if I use your laptop?

Does it matter if I bring my friend?

Expressions with “matter” (1)

It’s only a matter of time

= Something will definitely happen in the future.


Mark is very rude to the customers.

It’s only a matter of time before he loses his job.

It’s only a matter of time before you feel better.

Expressions with “matter” (2)

  • to make matters worse

= to describe a bad situation that is getting worse


She is terrible sick, and to make matters worse she has lost her job.

I’m late for work, and to make matters worse there’s no bus.

Expressions with “matter” (3)

  • to be no laughing matter

= to describe a serious situation


Being in hospital is no laughing matter.

Having a broken arm is no laughing matter.

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