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    #1

    ifs and buts

    Hi teachers,

    Suppose someone is deferring a matter etc. or trotting out the same excuses. In this case, is it correct to say: "I want no ifs and buts, please"?

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    Re: ifs and buts

    Yes. (That's a pretty polite way of expressing it )

    To be a little more urgent, you could - after their latest excuse - say 'I've heard that one before' or 'Do you think I was born yesterday?'
    (There are, of course, many impolite ways of putting it.)

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    #3

    Re: ifs and buts

    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.

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    #4

    Re: ifs and buts

    If someone repeats the same excuse over and over, you can say "Oh, that old chestnut again, eh?!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: ifs and buts

    I am not a teacher.

    'Ifs and buts' is more about objecting to something than prevaricating.

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    #6

    Re: ifs and buts

    The usual expression is "no ifs, ands, or buts". The phrase has an interesting etymology. See here: http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/20...s-or-buts.html

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    #7

    Re: ifs and buts

    I was on the verge of mentioning that (honest ), but thought it better not to confuse the issue - though of course it's fine now as the OP has been answered. (I just don't want anyone to think your resident word-nerd is off his game!)

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