Let me see, well, you know etc
Expressions of this kind are often used when the speaker needs time to think.
- ‘How much are you selling it for?’ ‘Well, let me see…’
- ‘When are you going to finish that report?’ ‘Well, I think it will be ready by Tuesday.’
- ‘Why did you do that?’ ‘Well, you know, I don’t know.’
Expressions like ‘uh’, ‘oh’, ‘er’ etc., can also be used with similar meanings.
Honestly and frankly
These expressions are used to claim that one is speaking sincerely.
- Honestly, I didn’t say anything that should make him angry.
- Honestly, I didn’t know you weren’t coming.
- Honestly, I never said a word about her looks or age.
- Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of cricket.
Honestly and frankly can also be used to introduce critical remarks.
- Honestly, Sam, why do you have to be so rude?
- ‘What do you think of my skirt?’ ‘Frankly, dear, it’s a disaster.’
As you know
Expressions like as you know, as we agreed or as we suggested are used to talk about facts which are known to both speaker and listener.
- As you know, next Monday’s meeting has been cancelled.
- As you know, people get colds in wet weather.
- As we agreed, there will be a special screening of the film on Sunday.