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2018.08.10 Issue:Well (Part 2)

Last time, we looked at how to use “well” as an adverb and adjective.  Today, let’s look at some of the ways we can use “well” as an exclamation.
In spoken English, “well” has a lot of different uses. We often use “well” at the beginning of a sentence to show we need time to think.

A:What should we get for Mom’s birthday present?
B:Well, let me think. Maybe she’d like some perfume.

 

A:How was your job interview?
B:Well, it’s hard to say. I hope it went okay.

 

“Well” is also used to show that you are saying something that is not expected.

A: You liked that movie, didn’t you?
B: Well, I’m not really a big fan of horror movies.

 

A: Did you reserve a conference room for today’s meeting?
B: Well, I tried, but it was already booked.

 

“Well” is often used to continue a conversation after a pause, or to end a conversation.

・Well, as we were talking about earlier, I think …
・Well, I should be going now.

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