a couple of
The monkey has a couple of bananas.
He arrived a couple of days ago.
Bobby has a couple of pens in his pocket.
A: Have you been to Europe?
B: Yes, a couple of times.
a long time ago
A long tiem ago, dinosaurs lived on the earth.
A long time ago, there were no airplanes.
My grandfather was a pilot a long time ago.
A: When did you go to Germany?
B: I went to Germany a long time ago, in 1963.
a lot of
He has a lot of hair.
The millionaire has a lot of money.
A lot of students were absent because of the flu.
A: Why aren't you feeling well?
B: I think it's because I ate a lot of chocolate today.
a pair of
I bought two pairs of shoes, one for my brother and the other for my sister.
She wants to buy a pair of beautiful gloves.
I need a pair of socks.
A: What are you going to buy when you go shopping?
B: I'm going to buy a pair of earrings.
above all (else)
You must not smoke or drink. Above all, you must exercise.
Above all, you should obey your parents, said my grandfather.
Above all, a soldier must be brave.
A: What did you like about this book?
B: It was interesting and exciting, but above all, it was funny.