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    how to use "to be honest"

    Sometimes I see "to be honest" in some sentences. What does it mean and how to use it?

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    Re: how to use "to be honest"

    it means Frankly, honestly
    source: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/to_be_honest

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    Re: how to use "to be honest"

    Usually you use this because what you are about to say will not be perceived favorably. "I'm not being mean or intentionally cruel, but giving an honest opinion."
    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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    Re: how to use "to be honest"

    It means something like "speaking frankly", "this might sound a bit harsh butů" or just "this is how I genuinely see the situation" etc.
    Some typical contexts...
    I know she tried hard to get this paella right but, to be honest, I've tasted better.
    To be honest, I don't think John's as smart as he thinks he is.
    I know you're a big fan but, to be honest, I don't like any of Johnny Depp's films.
    They may or may not fire me for this. I don't care either way, to be honest.
    Although the apology is welcome, to be honest, it's too little too late".

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    ps: pretty much what Barb says but with some examples.

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    Re: how to use "to be honest"

    You could also say in fairness/in all fairness

    To be honest (with you)/In fairness, I think you could have put a little bit more effort into this assignment.

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


    When a wife asks her husband, "Be honest. Am I getting a little fat?," he had better not be honest!

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    Re: how to use "to be honest"

    And if the husband says "In all fairness, darling, I think you are not", he won't stand a chance his wife will believe him all the same...



    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    When a wife asks her husband, "Be honest. Am I getting a little fat?," he had better not be honest!

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