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    on a serious note

    I am not sure if the underlined is replaceable with " on a serious note" and what exactly does "note" mean?

    - People tend to be on a serious side today


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: on a serious note

    Quote Originally Posted by paris 06 View Post
    I am not sure if the underlined is replaceable with " on a serious note" and what exactly does "note" mean?

    - People tend to be on a serious side today
    Your sentence sounds strange to me. It would sound less unnatural to me as: people are (rather/a bit/a little) on the serious side today.

    The expression with note is used when a speaker wishes to turn a conversation/discussion which has been fairly light in tone in a more serious direction.

    A: Our works canteen is going to be run by a catering company from Hamburg.
    B: Oh, so we'll be getting hamburgers for lunch every day.
    A: I hope not! On a more serious note, the canteen has been heavily subsidised in recent years, and we need to consider whether we can afford to carry on like this.

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