it depends | that depends

This page is about the conversational phrase 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.

For example

  • "Will you play golf this afternoon?"
    "It depends. If it stops raining, I might."

  • "How much are the tickets?"
    "That depends. Seats at the front are expensive, but seats up the back are much cheaper."

Also "it all depends"

Quick Quiz

Enzo said, "Are you getting a new car?" and I said, "It depends.

a. I'm getting a Honda."

b. If I get a bonus, I will."

c. I can't afford one."

Contributor: Matt Errey