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    #1

    It goes without saying

    What's the meaning of ' it goes without saying'?

    Thank you!

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    Re: It goes without saying

    Not a teacher.
    Basically means "obviously"

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    Re: It goes without saying

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    What's the meaning of ' it goes without saying'?

    Thank you!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Yura Reiri:


    (1) You have asked about an interesting saying.

    (2) I guess that it could mean many things -- depending on the context.

    (3) Here is an example of how many ordinary people use it:

    Wife: Do you love me?

    Husband: Of course.

    Wife: Then why don't you ever tell me?

    Husband: Honey, it goes without saying that I love you. I married you,

    didn't I? If I hadn't loved you, I wouldn't have married you.

    As Member Kazewolf put it: "Obviously I love you. Why do you need

    me to tell you?"

    (4) Of course, we human beings have feelings. We like people to tell us

    that they love us. Obviously, children love their parents if their parents

    are good parents. Nevertheless, those parents like it if their children

    tell them. That's why we Americans have Mother's Day and Father's Day.

    I understand that in some countries they have Teacher's Day.

    (5) Here is one of my favorite quotations to share with you. It comes

    from a French leader named Tallyrand, who lived many years ago:

    "Things that go without saying go even better if they are said."

    I do not know what M. Talleyrand was referring to (maybe international

    politics?), but for ordinary people like me, it means:

    When someone does something nice for you, tell him/her -- orally

    or in writing. Yes, it is obvious that you appreciated what s/he did.

    But it is even better for him/her and you if you actually express

    your appreciation.


    James

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