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I see what you mean

This page is about the conversational phrase I see what you mean

Meaning

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

For example

  • "If we pay higher wages, we'll make less profit and we won't be as rich."
    "I see what you mean, but shouldn't we at least pay them enough to live on?"

  • "We can't force her to leave him. It's her decision."
    "I see what you mean, but we've got to do something. We can't let him beat her like that."

Note:

1. Also "I see what you're saying"
2. The shortened question forms "See what I mean?" and "See what I'm saying?" are also very common.

Quick Quiz

After he'd spoken, I said, "I see what you mean."

a. I agreed with what he'd said

b. I could see his point of view

c. I'd seen how mean he was

Contributor: Matt Errey