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Conversational Phrases/T

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

take care INFORMAL

You can use this to say good-bye or farewell to somebody.

take it easy (1) INFORMAL

You can say this if someone's showing signs of stress and they need to relax.

take it easy (2) American English INFORMAL

This is sometimes used to say good-bye, esp. by young people.

take it from me INFORMAL

You can say this to emphasize that what you're saying is true.

tell you what | I'll tell you what INFORMAL

You can say this just before making a suggestion or an offer.

thanks a lot INFORMAL

An informal way of saying "Thank you".

that figures | it figures INFORMAL

You can say this about something that's happened if it seems logical or if it isn't surprising.

that reminds me

You can say this if someone says or does something that makes you remember something.

that said

You can say this before saying something that seems to contradict, or be the opposite of, what you've just said.

that'll be the day! INFORMAL

You can say this if you don't think something will ever happen or become true.

that'll do | that'll have to do INFORMAL

You can say this instead of saying "that's enough" or "that's good enough".

that'll teach you! INFORMAL

You can say this after something bad has happened to someone who should have been more careful, or should have known better.

that's (quite) enough!

You can say this if you want someone to stop behaving badly or annoying you.

that's all (there is to it)

You can use this phrase if there's nothing else you want to say about something, or if there's nothing more to a story.

that's funny | the funny thing is

You can say this if you think something's strange.

that's it! | that does it! INFORMAL

You can say this if something's been annoying you for a while, and you finally decide to do something about it.

that's more like it

You can say this if something's better or more satisfactory than before.

that's that (1) INFORMAL

You can say this if a decision or arrangement is final and it won't be changed.

that's that (2) INFORMAL

You can say this just after you've completed a task.

that's the idea!

You can say this to someone if they're doing something well or correctly.

that's what you think! INFORMAL

You can say this if you think someone's wrong about something.

the (only) thing is

You can say this before giving your reason for refusing an offer, a request or a suggestion.

the next thing I knew

You can say this when you're describing something that happened to you suddenly and unexpectedly.

there you are | there you go

You can say this when you're giving something to someone.

there's no point

You can say this if you think someone's doing something, or thinking of doing something, that is pointless or sure to fail.

there's no such thing

You can say this if someone mentions something that you don't think exists, or that you don't believe in.

there's nothing to it INFORMAL

You can say this if you're encouraging someone to do something, and you want them to think it's easy.

think nothing of it FORMAL

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

to be (perfectly) honest

You can say this when you're telling someone what you really think, even if it might upset them.

to be fair

You can use this when saying something positive about something or someone you've been critical of.

to cut a long story short

You can say this if you're going to get to the main point of what you're saying quickly, without giving all the details.

to my mind | to my way of thinking

You can say this before giving an opinion or saying what you really think.

too bad | that's too bad (1) INFORMAL

You can say this to express sympathy after something bad has happened.

too bad | that's too bad (2) INFORMAL

You can say this if you don't care what someone thinks or feels about something.

Contributor: Matt Errey