let me put it this way | how shall I put it?
This page is about the conversational phrase let me put it this way | how shall I put it?
You can say this before telling someone what you really think, esp. if you're saying it as politely or gently as you can.
- When asked about the history teacher, the principal said, "Let me put it this way. He knows his history, but his teaching skills could be better."
- "What's Daniel's new girlfriend like?"
"Well, I don't think she's - how shall I put it? - ever going to be a top model. But she seems nice enough."
Also "let me put it like this"
You can say "let me put it this way" or "how shall I put it?" if you're
Contributor: Matt Errey