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the thing is

B2 informal used to introduce an explanation or an excuse: The thing is, my parents like me to be home by ten o'clock. The thing is, the shops close early on Sundays. used to emphasize the importance of what you are saying: The thing is to be watchful even when you think your child is safe.
Translations of “the thing is”
in Chinese (Traditional) 問題是, 要緊的是…
in Chinese (Simplified) 问题是, 要紧的是…
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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