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    Smile Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    Is it polite to say "that's all" after I answer a question of a test?

    Because someone told me that it's impolite to say "that's all" at the end of conversation.

    Sorry, I make a mistake. What I want to say is "That's all" not "let's all"
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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    I can't think of why anyone would want to say 'let's all'. What do you intend it to mean?

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    I have never heard that phrase in my life. If you said it after you answer a question in a test or at the end of a conversation, I would say "Pardon?" or "Excuse me, what?!" or I would simply walk away very confused.

    The only thing I can think that it sounds like is "That's all" but you wouldn't say that after answering a question in a test or at the end of a conversation either.

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    Let's all go out for a beer to celebrate finishing our exams?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    Sorry, I make a mistake. What I want to say is "that's all"
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    I can't think of why anyone would want to say 'let's all'. What do you intend it to mean?

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    Haha, that's interesting.
    I make a mistake. what I want to say is "That's all"
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    Let's all go out for a beer to celebrate finishing our exams?

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    I doubt if any native speaker would say 'That's all' in the situations you have described.

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    You got me. Sorry to make that mistake. What I want to say is "That's all"
    Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have never heard that phrase in my life. If you said it after you answer a question in a test or at the end of a conversation, I would say "Pardon?" or "Excuse me, what?!" or I would simply walk away very confused.

    The only thing I can think that it sounds like is "That's all" but you wouldn't say that after answering a question in a test or at the end of a conversation either.

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    As ems already said, that would be an inppropriate (if not puzzling) thing to say at the end of an exam or the end of a conversation.

    If you're looking for a nice way to end a conversation, you can say "Well, it was nice talking to you." The other person will say "You too" and then you go your separate ways. Other things you could say, depending on the circumstances include "It was was nice meeting you" or "It was good seeing you again" or "I hope we get to see each other again soon" or "I'm so glad we got a chance to compare notes" or "Thanks for sharing your thoughts" or... many things. But not "that's all."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is it polite to say "let's all" after I answer a question?

    Okay, I see. But can you tell me why? Impolite?
    Thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I doubt if any native speaker would say 'That's all' in the situations you have described.

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