Speaking in English using phrases with See, Tell and Say

I'd rather not say

Meaning:  Is a polite of to say you don’t want to give somebody some information.

Usage:  I understand you are curious to know about her, but I’d rather not say.

I wouldn't say no.

Meaning:  Used to say you would like something or to accept something you are offered.

Usage: She called me to attend the prize distribution for she won a prize. I will be busy on that day, but I wouldn’t say no.

You can say that again.

Meaning:  Completely agree with someone.

Usage:  Have you noticed how during the sale, the prices are hiked and then discounted? ~ You can say that again.

I have to say

Meaning:  Used for emphasizing an opinion.

Usage:  I have to say, by far this was the best lecture I’ve ever attended.

Whatever you say

Meaning:  Used to agree with somebody’s suggestion, even if you don’t like it because you don’t want to argue about it.

Usage:  I am not in a mood for an outing today, but whatever you say.

Tell me

Meaning:  Used before asking a question.

Usage:  Tell me, is this a good place to have authentic Indian food?

To say the least.

Meaning:  Used to say that you could have expressed something in a much stronger way.

Usage:  To say the least, I am disappointed with the board’s decision.

That would be telling.

Meaning:  Used to tell that you can’t give some information because it is a secret.

Usage:  If I answered your questions about the confidential letter, that would be telling.

I couldn't tell you.

Meaning:  Used to tell somebody that you do not know the answer to the question.

Usage:  I couldn’t tell if there will there be a holiday this week.

I told you so.

Meaning:  Warning somebody about something.

Usage:  We are on the wrong route and I told you so.

To tell you the truth.

Meaning:  Used to say what you really feel or think.

Usage: To tell you the truth nobody was interested in the discussion.

I'll see what I can do

Meaning:  I’ll try to help.

Usage: Don’t worry about the project, I’ll see what I can do.

You see.

Meaning:  Used when you are explaining something.

Usage: You see, what I said was entirely different.

I don't see why not.

Meaning:  Used to say ‘yes’ when somebody asks something.

Usage:  May I go to the library for some reference books? ~ Yes, why not.

Let's see/Let me see.

Meaning:  Used to say that you are thinking or trying to remember something.

Usage:  Let me see if I can help you with your maths homework.

See how it goes.

Meaning:  To say that you will decide about a situation after letting it develop for a short time.

Usage:  It’s too early to tell how the team will perform. Let us just wait and see how it goes.

You'll see.

Meaning:  Used to tell somebody that they will find out you were right about something.

Usage:  You don’t have to believe my words now, but you’ll see later.

See for yourself

Meaning:  Used to tell somebody to look at something to check that what somebody has said about it is true.

Usage:  If you think I am wrong, why don’t you see it for yourself.

See you later/ See you around/ See you soon.

Meaning:  Used if you are not sure when you will see the person again.

Usage:  It was good to meet you. See you around.

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