• Special characters
  • Lautschrift

phrases including "say"

2 replies   
LEO lists "That is to say" and "it is safe to say" as typical phrases. In texts by non-native speakers you can often find "it is to say" (es ist zu sagen/erwähnen), but there are not many examples from texts by native speakers. So I'm inclined to believe that this is not generally accepted.

How do native speakers see this?

Thank you very much in advance.
AuthorThe unwoken fool25 Apr 09, 14:04
"That is to say" is correct. "It is to say" is not idiomatic English, but probably rather a literal translation from German.
#1AuthorMary nz/a (431018) 25 Apr 09, 14:06
It must be said that "it is to say" is not idiomatic English.
It's safe to say, though, that "that is to say" is indeed in common use.
#2AuthorVillager (GB) (575909) 26 Apr 09, 01:51
i Only registered users are allowed to post in this forum
LEO uses cookies in order to facilitate the fastest possible website experience with the most functions. In some cases cookies from third parties are also used. For further information about this subject please refer to the information under  Leo’s Terms of use / Data protection (Cookies)