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    It is safy to say...

    Hello. I'd like to ask about "It is safe to say...."

    Is it okay to use this about a bad thing?

    For example, can I say "It is safe to say the patient will die soon"?
    Because someone says "safe" has a sense of relieving and it should be used only for good things, like "It is safe to say the patient will recover soon."

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Hello. I'd like to ask about "It is safe to say...."

    Is it okay to use this about a bad thing?

    For example, can I say "It is safe to say the patient will die soon"? If you are an insensitive doctor, you could say this.
    Because someone says "safe" has a sense of relieving and it should be used only for good things, like "It is safe to say the patient will recover soon."
    We use "it's safe to say..." when you are reasonably confident that what follows is or will be, in all likelihood, true.
    "It's safe to say that he will spend many years in prison."
    "It's safe to say that he was once very wealthy."
    "It's safe to say that he will be successful in whatever profession he chooses."

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    So, can it be used for bad things too, as long as it isn't rude or insensitive?
    How about "It is safe to say I (or you or whoever) will fail the exam"?

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    So, can it be used for bad things too, as long as it isn't rude or insensitive? Yes, and it is also used for rude or insensitive comments.
    How about "It is safe to say I (or you or whoever) will fail the exam"? Yes.
    "He hasn't studied at all this week. It's safe to say he'll fail the exam."
    "It's safe to say..." means "I'm pretty sure..." or "I'm reasonably certain..." and is sometimes used sarcastically. "It's safe to say that he'll be a great disappointment to his mother."

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    I think now I understand. Thank you very much!

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    So, can it be used for bad things too, as long as it isn't rude or insensitive?
    How about "It is safe to say I (or you or whoever) will fail the exam"?
    riquecohen explained the phrase very well already. But I'll add that you can use this phrase with rude or insensitive things because, as it has already been pointed out, all it means is "I'm sure that...".

    ex. "It is safe to say that he's an insensitive s.o.b" = "It's obvious that he's an insensitive s.o.b."

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Hello. I'd like to ask about "It is safe to say...."

    Is it okay to use this about a bad thing?

    For example, can I say "It is safe to say the patient will die soon"?
    Because someone says "safe" has a sense of relieving and it should be used only for good things, like "It is safe to say the patient will recover soon."

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I think that it can refer to something positive and something

    negative at the same time.

    (2) Here is a terrifying example. Please excuse me. But I think that you

    will never forget this example.

    (a) Most doctors say that it is safe to say that most men (at least in the United States) will

    die with prostate cancer, not of prostate cancer.

    EXPLANATION: It is true that most men get prostate cancer,

    but it usually grows so slowly that a man will have died before

    it becomes a problem. Of course, some men do die of prostate

    cancer because they have the fast-growing type.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: It is safy to say...

    Thank you for good examples!

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