10 USEFUL EXPRESSIONS
Expressions are used to express statements when you need to ask for permission, you need to apologize, you need to ask for an advice, approval etc.
Some of the famous expressions used in the English language are the expressions when you need to ask for some time to think for an answer while you still keep the conversation going.
A: Hey! I am planning to put up a business. What do you think is the best business that I can put up? Do you have any suggestion?
1. I suggest you… – when you need to suggest on something you can always use this expression while thinking at the same time. When you are being asked but you cannot think of any answer on the spot, use this expression to show your interest on the topic and giving yourself the time to think while giving the other person the idea that you still want to keep the conversation going.
2. My advice would be… – this expression is used when you already have something in your mind but you are still doubtful if you are ready to deliver it or not. Either which you can still show the other person that you are interested in the topic while thinking of something to answer.
3. That’s a great topic, I think… – “That’s a great topic” shows that the topic is a good idea and that you are interested on it. While you follow it with “I think”, then what you think of.
4. You might try… – You are not sure if the other person will agree or not on your suggestion so you can use the expression “might try”, at least he or she gets the chance to choose.
5. I would strongly advise you to… – with a given topic, you definitely would have an answer to it, you can use this expression to express that you already have an answer or solution to a problem and that you are ready to deliver it, however, you can pause from “I advise you to” then think of a better answer. That way, the other person already knows that you still have to think of something to say.
6. If I were you… – Use this expression to express that if you put yourself in his shoes, you would do this or that. This case, you can show the interest on the topic while thinking of a response to the other person.
7. How about… – When you need more time to think, you can use this expression to show that you are interested on the topic but you still need time to think but you have choices that you can suggest. This way, the other person will get the chance to think of the given choices. While you on the other hand is thinking of another answer just to keep the conversation going.
8. Personally, I think that… – this is an expression used by many. To show that they are interested in keeping the conversation going while thinking of a better answer.
9. If you don’t mind me saying… – this expression is used when you want to suggest something but you are not sure if the person would agree or not. He or she may not like it, so better be careful and start it using this.
10. As far as I know… – This one is used to express the information or details that you have on a certain topic before expressing your final answer. This way, you can still have time to think before you deliver it.
All of these expressions are used in the sense of suggesting, giving out opinions and such. It depends on how you deliver it and how you use it for. But all of them are commonly used in the English language to express your interest on a topic while thinking of an answer at the same time. If a person being asked do not have anything to say, they are sometimes tagged as being rude. We do not want that to happen to us, practice these expressions and use them as often as needed.
WORDS TO KNOW:
1. ADVISE: offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone
example: I advise you to call her now before it’s too late.
2. DOUBTFUL: feeling uncertain about something.
example: Her mother is doubtful of her daughter’s marriage to her fiancé.
3. AGREE: have the same opinion about something; concur.
example: I agree. She is more beautiful than her sister.
Have you ever experienced being asked and got nothing to say? When and how did you keep the conversation going? Comment your answers below.