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Collocations with “Say”

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Improve your everyday English! 🙂 Try these collocations with “say” to make your English sound more natural.


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.


Dare say


Meaning: to agree with something.
Ex. I dare say that your hairdo is just beautiful.


Say angrily/happily/bitterly


Ex. “We’re going to the seaside”, she said happily.

Collocations with “Say”


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!


Say when


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!

Collocations with “Say”


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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