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Conversational Phrases/I

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

I beg your pardon (1) FORMAL

You can say this to apologize for accidently doing something or for making a small mistake.

I beg your pardon (2) FORMAL

You can say this if you think what someone's said or done is wrong.

I beg your pardon? FORMAL

You can use this to ask someone to repeat what they've just said.

I bet | I'll bet INFORMAL

You can say this to let someone know you understand the feeling or experience they've just described.

I can tell you

You can use this to emphasize what you're saying.

I can't believe | I couldn't believe

You can say this when describing something that's true, but so amazing or disturbing that you can't believe it's true.

I couldn't agree more FORMAL

You can say this if you completely agree with what someone's said.

I don't blame you

You can say this if you understand why someone did or felt something.

I don't suppose FORMAL

You can use this to politely ask a question or make a request.

I don't think so (1)

You can say this if you think something probably isn't true or possible, but you're not entirely sure.

I don't think so (2)

You can say this to show that you strongly disagree with an opinion or statement.

I guess not INFORMAL

You can say this to show you agree with a negative statement, esp. if you feel pressured to agree, or you don't care very much.

I guess so INFORMAL

You can say this if your feeling or opinion about something isn't very strong.

I hasten to add FORMAL

You can say this when adding a comment, esp. after accidently insulting someone.

I hate to think

You can use this when saying how bad something might become, or might have been.

I have no idea

You can say this to emphasize that you really don't know something.

I see what you mean

You can say this if you understand why somebody thinks something, even though you might not agree.

I suppose so

You can say this if you agree to something even though you don't really want to.

I think so

You can say this if you think something's probably true or correct, but you're not entirely sure.

I thought so | I thought as much

You can say this if you discover that what you thought might be true or correct actually is true or correct.

I told you

After you've been proven correct, you can say this to someone who didn't believe you.

I told you so INFORMAL

You can say this if something bad happens after you've warned someone that it might.

I was wondering if | I wonder if FORMAL

You can use this to make a polite offer or request.

I wouldn't mind

You can use this to let someone know what you'd like to have or do.

I'd hate to see

You can use this to say what you wouldn't like to see happen.

I'd like to think so

You can say this if you hope something's true, even though it might not be.

I'd love to see

You can use this to say what you'd like to see happen.

I'll see what I can do

You can use this to tell someone you'll try to do what they've asked you to do.

I'll show you! | I'll show them! INFORMAL

You can say this if you're going to show someone what you can do, esp. if you're angry or showing off.

I'm afraid

You can use this when saying something that might disappoint, upset or sadden someone.

I'm afraid not FORMAL

You can say this instead of "no" if your answer could upset or disappointed someone.

I'm afraid so FORMAL

You can say this instead of "yes" if your answer could upset or disappointed someone.

I'm sorry for your loss | I'm so sorry FORMAL

You can say this if someone tells you that one of their relatives or friends has died.

I'm telling you INFORMAL

You can use this to emphasize that what you're saying is true, especially if it's surprising, shocking or hard to believe.

I've had it (up to here) with INFORMAL

You can say this if you're angry with someone and you've had enough of their bad behaviour.

if it's all the same to you

You can say this to make sure someone doesn't mind what you're suggesting, esp. if it's a change of plan.

if you ask me

You can say this when giving your opinion about something.

if you don't mind | if you wouldn't mind FORMAL

You can use this to politely tell someone what you intend to do.

if you insist

You can say this if you agree to do something because someone's insisting you do it.

if you like (1)

You can say this when making an offer or a suggestion.

if you like (2)

You can say this when agreeing to something, even though it's not what you really want.

if you must

You can say this if you're allowing someone to do something you don't really want them to do.

if you must know

You can say this if you're telling someone something you don't really want them to know.

in that case | if that's the case

You can use this if you're saying what you'll do, or what should happen, given the facts you've just been told.

is that a fact? (1)

You can say this after being told some unexpected news or some interesting information.

is that a fact? (2)

This phrase can also be used ironically after someone says something silly or unbelievable.

it depends | that depends

You can say this if you can't give a definite answer because something might change, or because different things are possible.

it looks like INFORMAL

You can say this just before saying what seems to be true, or is probably true.

it's beyond me

You can say this if you find it impossible to comprehend or imagine something.

it's just that INFORMAL

You can say this when you're explaining your reason for doing something, esp. if you've upset or disappointed someone.

it's no use

You can say this if you think there's no point in doing something.

it's not as if INFORMAL

You can say this when giving a reason that can't be the real one because it isn't true.

it's not my day | it's one of those days

You can say this if you're having a bad day and lots of things are going wrong.

it's not the end of the world

You can say this if you're comforting someone who's sad or disappointed.

Contributor: Matt Errey