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if you ask me You say if you ask me when you are giv­ing your per­sonal opin­ion about some­thing:

• If you ask me, the class sizes in the school are much too big. don’t bank on it You say don't bank on it when you are ad­vis­ing some­one not to de­pend or rely on some­thing hap­pen­ing:

• ‘Ac­cord­ing to the weather fore­cast it’s go­ing to be a fine day for our pic­nic to­mor­row.’ Don't bank on it. no big deal You use no big deal when you mean that some­thing is not at all im­por­tant:

• Many peo­ple con­sid­ered that John was a hero for res­cu­ing the boy from the whirlpool, but he said mod­estly that it was no big deal. talk of the devil! You say talk of the devil! when you sud­denly see some­one whom you have just been talk­ing about:

• Talk of the devil! We were just say­ing that we hadn’t seen you for a long time. not ex­actly You use not ex­actly to mean that some­thing is not all true:

• The neigh­bours are not ex­actly friendly. They all ig­nore us. funny you should say that You use funny you should say that as a com­ment on a coin­ci­dence when some­one has said some­thing that is strangely or un­ex­pect­edly closely con­nected with some­thing else that has been said:

• ‘Frank re­ally should think of mar­ry­ing again. It’s been a long time since his wife died and he’s very lonely.’

‘Funny you should say that! He’s just told me that he’s joined a dat­ing web­site.’ that’s news to me You say that’s news to me when you have just been told some­thing that you did not know about, of­ten some­thing that you feel you should have known about ear­lier.

• ‘Bill and Jane were never mar­ried.’ ‘That’s news to me. He al­ways re­ferred to her as his wife.’ come to think of it You say come to think of it when you have just thought of or re­mem­bered some­thing:

• The doc­tor says that Bob has heart dis­ease. Come to think of it, his father had some­thing wrong with his heart. too true! You say too true! when you wish to em­pha­sise how true a state­ment is or how much you agree with it:

• ‘So you think that the post­man could be the thief.’

‘Too true! We’ve just dis­cov­ered that he was sacked from his last job for steal­ing parcels.’ no way You use no way to em­pha­sise that you are not go­ing to do some­thing or that some­thing is not likely to hap­pen:

• ‘Are you go­ing to ac­cept the job?’

‘No way! It’s very poorly paid.’

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