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    If I am being honest

    Hello

    What does this mean? Is it gram. correct? I have heard it so many times. But if I asked my teacher about this - she wasn' t sure whether it was possible to use it in normal speech. It s eems to me that Tom Cruise uses this phrase in every movie he plays in.

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    Re: If I am being honest

    The phrase is grammatical but it needs an ending.

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    Re: If I am being honest

    It usually comes before an admission of some sort. It is as if the speaker was by-passing a conversation like this:
    A. It wasn‘t my fault.
    B. Well, I think you were both at fault.
    A.. Rubbish, it was all their fault.
    B. Come on now, be honest. Don‘t you think you were being a bit unreasonable?
    A. Mmm. Maybe you have a point. If I‘m being honest, we were both partly to blame.
    They miss out the first 4+ lines, and go straight to the last sentence.

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    #4

    Re: If I am being honest

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    Is it gram. correct?
    If by 'gram' you mean 'grammatically', please write the word in full.

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