since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Get Word of the Day FREE

on second thoughts

This page is about the conversational phrase on second thoughts

Meaning

You can say this if you've suddenly changed your mind.

For example

  • Alex said, "Let's go out." But then he said, "On second thoughts, let's stay home."

  • "I think I'll take the day off," said Kim. But after a few moments, she said, "On second thoughts, I guess we need the money."

Quick Quiz

As they were leaving, Kenny said, "On second thoughts,

a. I wish we hadn't come."

b. let's stay a little longer."

c. I think it's time we left."

Contributor: Matt Errey