The Language of Interrupting

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Topic: General

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The Language of Interrupting Worksheet 1- Playing Cards 

 

I’m not sure that is really very relevant. 

 

 

If I might interrupt for a moment,… 

 

To get back to what I was saying,… 

 

 

Sorry to butt in, but… 

 

As I was saying… 

 

 

Before you go on,… 

 

 

Where was I? 

 

 

Can I just…? 

 

If I can return to the original topic,… 

 

 

Sorry,… 

 

 

I’ll be coming on to that (point/ question) later. 

 

Perhaps I could… 

 

Anyhow,… 

 

This might be a good point to… 

 

 

Mmm. Good point. Anyway,… 

 

 

Can I bring you back to the previous point? 

 

Can I get back to you later on that? 

 

Before you move on… 

 

 

If I could just finish what I’m saying… 

 

Can I stop you there? 

 

 

If I could leave any questions until the end of this 

part (of the meeting/ story)… 

 

That reminds me of… 

 

 

I think I’ve already covered that. 

 

Is this a good time to…? 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 

That is the next point I want to get to, once I’ve 

finished… 

 

This might be the right time to say/ ask… 

 

 

To get back to the point at hand… 

 

Excuse me for interrupting, but… 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

The Language of Interrupting Worksheet 2- Listening Comprehension Indication Cards 

 

Interrupting 

 

Getting back on 

topic 

 

Interrupting 

 

Getting back on 

topic 

 

Interrupting 

 

Getting back on 

topic 

 

Interrupting 

 

Getting back on 

topic 

 

Interrupting 

 

Getting back on 

topic 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007