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English definition of “the thing is”

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 .Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings used to emphasize the importance of what you are saying: The thing is to be watchful even when you think your child is safe .Intensifying expressions Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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