During conversations, sometimes you don’t know what to say. Especially when we speak English continuously, we hesitate in the middle and search for words to be used. Then conversation may become a bit awkward and you will find it difficult to continue.
Let’s learn about the gap fillers that native speakers use to bridge the conversation!
A: Hey, how was your last presentation?
B: Well⋯It wasn’t great, but I figured out where it went wrong once I finished it.
- That’s an interesting question. / That’s a good question
Sometimes “interesting” does not necessarily mean a positive response. As a gap filler, it often means “I have no idea how to answer”. According to different contexts, its meaning varies.
A: So, if most of the members agree with this plan, why don’t you propose it to the boss?
B: That’s an interesting question. I’ll think about that.
- I haven’t really thought about it.
A: Do you know what you want to do after you graduate?
B: Oh, I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess I’ll start by trying some internships?
- I’ve never thought about it that way.
A: Don’t you think working is so much better than studying in school?
B: I’ve never thought about it that way, but I guess everyone has their preferences.
- Let me think. / Let me think about it.
A: What do you want to have for lunch?
B: Let me think.
- Give me one second.
A: Which one should I go for? The red one or blue?
B: Give me one second. Let me compare them quickly.
- I guess/ I suppose…
A: Why is this person taking so long?
B: I guess he’s probably stuck in traffic?
- It depends…
A: Are you going to attend that meeting?
B: It depends on whether or not I can finish my work before 11.