How to ask someone to wait in English

How to ask someone to wait in English

Jun 09, 2021

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Whether you're on the phone, talking to your friends, or participating in a business meeting, you may need to ask someone to wait in English.

In this English lesson, you are going to learn different ways of how to tell someone to wait in English. 10 useful expressions for asking someone to wait

Let's take the first two together

1️⃣ Hang on

2️⃣ Hold on

because often they are used synonymously.

Meaning: to wait for a short time


Just hang on for a few seconds and  I'll be with you.
Just hold on until I finish this. 

We often use them when we're talking about telephone calls. For example, if your new washing broke down and you're ringing a customer service line.

Hold on, I'll put you through to someone who can help you.

Unfortunately, these days many companies have an automated voice recognition system, and it's hard to get a real person on the other end of the line.

3️⃣ Let me think

Meaning: use this expression to ask the person to wait when you don't want to rush into a response


Let me think about that and I'll get back to you.

4️⃣ All in good time

Meaning: a polite way to ask someone to wait and not try to make you hurry


All in good time; just wait till you grow up.

Now,  watch the full video on YouTube  ➡️  

and learn what the difference is between 'wait a minute' and 'wait a moment'.

Happy learning!

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