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Conversational Phrases/D

Conversational phrases beginning with D. Select a phrase for more details.

dare I say it FORMAL

You can say this just before saying something that your listeners may not like, or may find challenging or controversial.

do I make myself clear?

You can use this to emphasize your power or authority over somebody.

do you mind? (1)

If someone says this in a friendly way, they're asking for permission to do something.

do you mind? (2)

If someone says this an unfriendly way, they must think you've been rude or inconsiderate.

don't ask INFORMAL

You can say this if you don't want to talk about what's happened.

don't ask me INFORMAL

This is an impolite thing to say after being asked a question you don't want to answer.

don't bet on it | I wouldn't bet on it INFORMAL

You can this say if you don't think something's likely to happen.

don't even think about INFORMAL

You can use this to tell someone not to do something.

don't get me wrong INFORMAL

You can say this if you think you might upset or offend someone, esp. when making a suggestion or giving advice.

don't give me that! INFORMAL

You can say this after someone's said something that you don't believe or can't accept.

don't hold your breath

You can say this if something will take a long time to happen, or might never happen.

don't make me laugh! INFORMAL

You can say this after someone's said something you think is impossible or ridiculous.

don't mention it FORMAL

This is a polite thing to say after someone has thanked you for something.

don't mind me INFORMAL

You can use this to tell someone to ignore you and continue doing whatever they're doing.

don't you dare! INFORMAL

You can use this to very firmly tell someone not do something.

Contributor: Matt Errey