Interrupting Phrases - Answer Sheet

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Vocabulary
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Published: 13th Apr 2011

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Interrupting phrases
Photocopiable cards and teacher’s instructions

Interrupting phrases
Suggested answers

Stopping interruptions/ Getting back on topic
Relevant - I’m not sure that is very relevant (to the topic at hand/ to what we 
were talking about)
Get back - Can we get back to the point on the agenda?/ To get back to what 
I was saying…
Saying - As I was saying,…/ To get back to what I was saying…
Where - Where was I?/ Where were we?
Later - Could we leave all the questions to later?/ We’ll be talking about that 
later/ I’ll come to that point later.
End - There’ll be time for questions at the end/ Can we leave that discussion 
until a.o.b. at the end?/ Can you bring that up again at the end?
Any____ - Mmm. Good point. Anyway/ Anyhow,…
Point - We seem to be getting off the point/ To get back to the point at hand…

Interrupting
Interrupt - Can I interrupt (you there)?/ Sorry for interrupting, but…
Butt - Sorry to butt in, but…
Before - Before you go on, can I…?/ Before I forget…
Remind- That reminds me.
Time - Is this a good time to…?/ This might be the right time to…
Could - Could I say something here?/ Could I interrupt you for a moment?/ 
Could I stop you there?/ Could I come in here?
Say- Could I say something?/ I have something to say on this point.
Sorry- Sorry for interrupting, but…/ Sorry, can I just…?

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