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Conversational Phrases/N

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

needless to say

You can say this if what you're telling someone is obvious, or they should already know it.

nice to meet you

You can say this when meeting someone for the first time.

nice to see you

You can say this when meeting someone you already know.

nice try INFORMAL

You can say this to someone who's trying to cheat you or play a trick on you.

no can do INFORMAL

This is a humorous or light-hearted way of saying you can't do something.

no comment

Politicians and other public figures often say this if they don't want to answer a question from a reporter or journalist.

no doubt (1)

You can say this if you think something's definitely true or will definitely happen.

no doubt (2)

You can say this when you accept that something's true, but it doesn't change your opinion.

no doubt about it

You can say this if you strongly believe that something's true or correct.

no hard feelings INFORMAL

You can say this to someone you've argued or competed with to let them know you have no bad feelings toward them.

no harm done

You can say this if a mistake or accident hasn't seriously harmed anyone or damaged anything.

no matter what

You can say this if nothing can change what you're telling someone.

no offence

You can say this if what you're telling someone might upset or offend them.

no problem (1) INFORMAL

You can say this after someone asks you to do something and you'd be happy to do it, or it wouldn't be a problem to do.

no problem (2) INFORMAL

You can say this after someone has thanked you or said they're sorry.

no such luck

You can say this if you're disappointed because something you'd hoped for didn't happen.

no way (1) INFORMAL

You can say this to let someone know that you definitely won't do something, or that something definitely won't happen.

no way (2) INFORMAL

You can say this if something's surprising or difficult to believe.

no wonder

You can say this if you're not surprised by something.

no worries (1) British and Australian English INFORMAL

You can say this after someone asks you to do something and you'd be happy to do it, or it wouldn't be a problem to do.

no worries (2) British and Australian English INFORMAL

You can this say after somebody thanks you, or if you accept somebody's apology, excuse, explanation, etc.

not at all

You can say this after someone has thanked you for doing something.

not on your life! INFORMAL

You can say this if you're strongly refusing a request or rejecting a suggestion.

not really

You can use this instead of saying "no" if you think "no" might sound too definite or too strong.

not that I know of

You can say this if you've been asked a question and, to the best of your knowledge, the answer is "no".

not to worry British and Australian English INFORMAL

You can say this if you think something isn't important or serious enough to worry about.

now that you mention it

You can say this if someone says something that makes you think of, or remember, something.

now then

You can say this to get people's attention, esp. before making a suggestion or starting a new discussion.

now you tell me! INFORMAL

You can say this after someone has told you something, but you wish they'd told you sooner.

now you're talking! INFORMAL

You can say this if you like someone's suggestion or offer very much.

Contributor: Matt Errey