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on the fence • not my forte • change the subject
go on all day • just to clarify
  1. Now, , we all need to be here at ten and please bring your notes.
  2. I am still whether to buy a new house or just rent an old one.
  3. We could debating this so let's change the subject.
  4. Everytime I ask about his project, he tries to .
  5. Taxes are , so I hired an accountant.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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1027 Countries United

Shirley explains the terms United Kingdom and Great Britain and how they relate to Scotland.

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on-the-fence

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I'm pretty much an on-the-fence kind of person.

Most issues have two sides. A fence divides two sides. If you sit on the fence, you are not on either side. You are neutral or undecided. Here are a few examples:

  1. I am still on the fence about whether to quit my job.
  2. That guy always sits on the fence. He never takes a side.

not my forte

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Politics is not my forte.

When you have a forte for something, that means you have special skill or talent or knowledge about it. When something is not your forte, that means you are not interested in it or are not good at it. Notice the following:

  1. Art is not my forte, so I never go to museums.
  2. Sports is not my forte, but I like going to big games.

change the subject

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I don't like politics. I'll change the subject if that's alright.

When you change the subject, you stop talking about one topic and start talking about another topic. People sometimes ask to change the subject when they are talking about something they are not comfortable with. Here are a few examples:

  1. We talk about work too much. Let's change the subject.
  2. Not to change the subject, but did you see the moon last night.

just to clarify

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Just to clarify, in the U.K. we have Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

When you clarify something, you make it more clear or easier to understand. We often use the phrase "just to clarify" to let the listener know we are going to quickly summarize what was said earlier so something is fully understood. Notice the following:

  1. Just to clarify, the bus leaves at nine and you must be here at eight.
  2. Just to clarify, you need to sign both copies, not just yours.

go on all day

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We could go on all day talking about that.

When somebody goes on all day about something, that means they continue to do it for along time. It often refers to talking but can refer to other activities. Here are a few examples:

  1. I could go on all day talking about sports.
  2. She went on all day complaining about her job.
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