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Expressions to Change the Subject in a Conversation


Expressions to change the subject in a conversation

12 Expressions to change the topic

To change the subject of a conversation means to deliberately talk about another topic because:

  • You think the conversation is boring.
  • The topic of the current conversation has reached its natural conclusion.
  • Everyone is silent and there is no interest in the current topic of the conversation.
  • Someone asked you an embarrassing question.

Is it rude to change the subject?

It is not considered rude to redirect a conversation and avoid the subject that you don't want to discuss. You have just to go about it politely. Here are some useful expressions to do so.

Expressions to change the tubject or topic in a conversation

The following expressions - discourse markers or transitions - are used to change the subject in a conversation.

1. Speaking of..., ...

Alan: We need to save money for the next vacation. Sara: Speaking of money, have we paid our credit card bills yet?

2. To get back to what I was saying, ...

To get back to what I was saying before, I feel so sorry for Jane. Her heroin addiction has gotten completely out of control.

3. By the way...

By the way, I like your new haircut.

4. That reminds me of...

That reminds me a bit of what we heard from our neighbors.

5. That brings to mind...

That brings to mind a wonderful novel by Hemingway.

6. Changing the subject...

"Changing the subject, I see, Mr. President, that I must take this opportunity to thank the Luxembourg Presidency because we have completed the first stage in establishing the Eurovignette." European parliament

7. Before I forget...

Before I forget, I'm leaving tomorrow morning.

8. Oh, I nearly forgot...

Oh, I nearly forgot, I'm having a party at my house on Friday and you are invited!

9. Oh, while I remember...

Oh, while I remember, I lost my purse today.

10. I've just thought of something...

I've just thought of something! Why don't we go to the movies?

11. Oh, there's something else I wanted to say...

Oh, there's something else I wanted to say. I couldn't find the car's keys.

12. On a happier/sad note...

"On a happier note, the weekend was not so busy so it gave me the chance to tour downtown and the shopping mall areas by means of public transit." Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

On a sad note, I have to report the death of John's mother.

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