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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

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  • 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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Well, although I’ve never been to London, I guess there’s no much difference between the beautiful city of London and Bogota. It goes without saying that in Bogota doesn’t snow at all while in London does. That’s the only big difference between them, I think. Although I learned that you’ve been to Bogota, I’ll give you some advice anyway. 1. You should always bring along an umbrella in a very good condition and, of course, that goes without saying that you’d better get used to looking after it because it brights one minute and rains the next. 2. Most of… Read more »


Although Brazil is a huge country with different climates, it goes without saying that you need to bring light clothes in your bags (sunglasses and sunscreen too, especially if you intend to go to the beaches). Temperatures are high in most part of the country, but you can play it safe and bring a couple of coats.

It goes without saying that Brazil is a diverse country in culture and people, so don’t forget to try all kinds of tipycal Brazillian food, such as pão de queijo, brigadeiro, feijoada, acarajé, sobá and so on.


It goes without saying that if you visit Ukraine you should have a lot of free time to get know our amazing people, traditions and tasty cuisine.What about weather? As far as l know, it will be warm and sunny! 🙂

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