I see what you mean

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


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."


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