Improve your everyday English! 🙂 Try these expressions 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

  • I want to say the truth!
  • Sara longed to say all about her feelings for Mark but she kept her peace.

Suffice (it) to say

Meaning: it is obvious.

  • Suffice it to say, I invested much into that business.

Dare say

Meaning: to agree with something.

  • I dare say that your hairdo is just beautiful.

Say angrily/happily/bitterly

  • “We’re going to the seaside”, she said happily.
 Expressions with "Say"
Expressions with “Say”

About to say

Meaning: to announce that you want to express the same idea.

  • I was about to say the same thing.

Be going to say

Meaning: to intend to say something.

  • I can’t remember what I was going to say.

Love/hate to say

  • I hate to say it, but I think your mother is right.

A thing to say

  • That was a really bad thing to say.

Say no more

Meaning: used to say that you understand the meaning of something being said.

  • 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.

  • I’m pouring the wine into your glass. Say when!
 Expressions with "Say"
Expressions with “Say”

That is to say

Meaning: to be more precise.

  • 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.

  • We are supposed to save some money for our holiday but it’s easier said than done.

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