the (only) thing is
This page is about the conversational phrase the (only) thing is
You can say this before giving your reason for refusing an offer, a request or a suggestion.
- "Can you come to our party?"
"I'd love to, but the thing is I've got an exam the next day and I have to study."
- "My brother would love that job."
"I know he would. The only thing is, I've already told my cousin he can have it."
He said, "Can I stay at your place?" and I said, "The only thing is
Contributor: Matt Errey