it goes without saying: meaning and explanation

If you say that something goes without saying, it means that it is obvious (so obvious that you don’t really need to say it). This phrase can be used to emphasise something.

You can use this phrase to introduce something obvious (e.g. it goes without saying that if I lend you this money then I expect to be repaid in full) or to comment on/respond to something obvious (e.g. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag with you on the trip. That goes without saying).

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: England (RP)

saying should clean suit .
It without saying you should a clean suit the interview.

Discussion question

Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • If you visit the UK, then it goes without saying that you should be prepared for all sorts of weather, even during the summer. Bring an umbrella! Give me some advice about travelling in your country. If something is important or obvious, then introduce it with it goes without saying.

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