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"the thing is" in British English

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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 keep a good distance from the car in front of you, when you're driving in snow.
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the thing is" in American English

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the thing is

infmlthis is the subject you have to consider: The thing is, my car broke down, so how can I drive?
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the thing is”
in Chinese (Simplified) 问题是, 要紧的是…
in Chinese (Traditional) 問題是, 要緊的是…
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