10/11/16 Useful Expressions for Starting, Keeping, and Ending a Conversation (4)

Useful Expressions for Starting, Keeping, and Ending a Conversation

Ending a Conversation
Note that we often say the word “well” followed by a pause.
Ending a casual conversation:
Well, I’d better get back to (what you were working on)…
Well, I’ll let you get back to (what the other person was working on)…
Well, I’ll let you get back to work.
Well, I know you’re busy. I won’t take up any more of your time.
I should get going. It was nice talking to you.
Well, I have to run. It was nice talking to you.
Well, it was nice seeing you. Say hello to (name) for me.
Well, I have a meeting in a few minutes. I better get going.
I have to call one of my clients. I’ll catch up with you later.

Ending a work-related conversation:
To end a work-related conversation, we often mention what the next steps are.
Okay, I’ll talk with my team and I’ll give you a call tomorrow morning.
So, we’ll wait for Joanna’s response and then go from there.
Okay, I’ll work on the proposal and send it to you by the end of the week.
Note that we would also say “bye,” “goodbye” or something similar after these expressions.