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it's not as if

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase it's not as if

Meaning

You can say this when giving a reason that can't be the real one because it isn't true.

For example

  • "Barry lost his job, you know?"
    "I wonder why? It's not as if he's lazy."

  • "She's really old, but she still gives concerts."
    "Why does she bother? It's not as if she needs the money."

Quick Quiz

I said, "They don't trust you," and Luis said, "Why not? It's not as if

a. I've cheated them."

b. I'm always honest."

c. I'm trustworthy."

Contributor: Matt Errey