Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today, Lindsay and Michelle share 6 phrases to buy you some time in a rushed, stressful situation!


Sometimes it seems like everyone’s in a hurry.  People want an abrupt answer even if you’re not ready to give it.  This can be intimidating, especially if you’re still learning English.  But it doesn’t need to be.

The person trying to rush you needs to understand that you’re still making your decision, and that they can do something else for a moment while you decide.  There are several phrases in English that can convey that message.


Here are 6 phrases that can calm down a rushed person and give you some time:

  • “Gimme a second.”
  • “Hold on a second.”
  • “I’m still deciding.”
  • “Just a second, please.”
  • “Sorry, I need a minute.”
  • “I’m not quite ready yet.”


Have you ever been rushed while in the US?

Tell us your story in the comments section below!

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