Collocations with “Say”
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Have something/nothing to say
Ex. Carla had nothing to say regarding the missing things.
Want/long to say
Ex. I want to say the truth!
Suffice (it) to say
Meaning: it is obvious.
Ex. Suffice it to say, I invested much into that business.
Meaning: to agree with something.
Ex. I dare say that your hairdo is just beautiful.
Ex. “We’re going to the seaside”, she said happily.
About to say
Meaning: to announce that you want to express the same idea.
Ex. I was about to say the same thing.
Be going to say
Meaning: to intend to say something.
Ex. I can’t remember what I was going to say.
Love/hate to say
Ex. I hate to say it, but I think your mother was right.
A thing to say
Ex. That was a really bad thing to say.
Say no more
Meaning: used to say that you understand the meaning of something being said.
Ex. I totally understand what you mean. Say no more!
Meaning: an expression used to tell somebody to confirm when you have given them enough of something.
Ex. I’m pouring the wine into your glass. Say when!
That is to say
Meaning: to be more precise.
Ex. Our country, that is to say, the UK, is going to host the festival.
It is easier said than done
Meaning: used to say that something might be a good idea but not easy to accomplish.
Ex. We are supposed to save some money for our holiday but it’s easier said than done.
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