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  • -So, where's the nearest restaurant around here? -Beats me.

  • Huh? 'Beats me?' What does that mean? Let's find out.

  • What's up guys? My name is Shane, and today we are going to increase your vocabulary.

  • A very common phrase in English is 'I don't know'.

  • It's a good phrase, but sometimes there are phrases that are more appropriate to your situation.

  • So, today we look at six phrases that you can use instead of 'I don't know', which can help you start to sound more like a native speaker

  • So, let's have a look at the phrase for today.

  • [Phrase #1.]

  • The first phrase is, 'I can't remember off the top of my head.'

  • Let me give you an example.

  • You are at work, it's the morning, and you know you have a meeting at either 2, 3 or 4 p.m., but you can't remember the exact time.

  • And your boss comes over to you and he says, 'What time is the meeting today?'

  • You can say, 'I can't remember off the top of my head.'

  • This means you know you have a meeting, but you're not sure of the exact time - You're not certain.

  • 'Off the top of my head' means without thinking or looking.

  • So, the next time you don't know something without looking and without thinking, you can say, 'I can't remember off the top of my head.'

  • This is a really good phrase, and it will help you to sound like a native speaker.

  • [Phrase #2.]

  • The next phrase is, 'I'm not sure'.

  • Let's pretend you want to buy an iPhone.

  • You're about 70 to 80 percent sure that you want to be an iPhone, and your friend says to you, 'Hey are you going to buy an iPhone?'

  • You can say, 'I'm not sure.'

  • This means you're not certain; you're still thinking about it.

  • You don't know what you are going to do.

  • You're probably going to buy an iPhone, but you're not certain 100 percent.

  • This is a really good phrase to use if you think you're going to do something but you're not 100 percent certain.

  • [Phrase #3.]

  • And the third phrase is, 'beats me'.

  • Let's pretend you're in a new city and you've never been there before.

  • You are with your friend who has also never been there before.

  • And he says, 'Do you think there are any McDonald's around here?'

  • You can say, 'Beats me.'

  • This means you have no knowledge or information about the question because you have never been to that city before.

  • We say 'beats me' because the question beats you - You can't answer it, so the question wins and you lose.

  • So, next time you have absolutely no knowledge of something, and someone asks you a question, you can say' beats me'.

  • [Phrase #4.]

  • Another way to say I have no knowledge of something is, 'I have no idea'.

  • Let's pretend your friend asks you how do planes work? How do they stay in the air? How do their engines work?

  • And you know nothing about planes. You don't like planes, and you're not interested in planes.

  • You can say, 'I have no idea.'

  • This means you have no information about that question.

  • So, the next time someone asks you something that you have no information about, you can also say, 'I have no idea'.

  • [Phrase #5.]

  • And another phrase to say you have no information about something is, 'I haven't got a clue'.

  • Let's pretend your friend asks you about cars and your friend says, 'How do cars work?' and you know nothing about cars.

  • You can say, 'I haven't got a clue.'

  • This means you have no information or no knowledge about this subject.

  • [Phrase #6.]

  • And the last phrase for today is, 'who knows?'

  • Let's pretend you're talking to your friend and he says, 'What do you think you'll be doing in 30 years?'

  • And you don't know. You haven't thought about it yet.

  • You can say, 'who knows?' because nobody knows the answer to this question.

  • Your friend doesn't know. I don't know. You don't know.

  • So, if anyone ever asks you a question and nobody knows the answer, you can say 'who knows'.

  • And they are the six phrases for today.

  • Thank you so much for watching.

  • And if you're interested in learning more phrases that native speakers use all the time, make sure you check out this video right here.

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-So, where's the nearest restaurant around here? -Beats me.

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Different Ways To Say 'I DON'T KNOW' (Say This Instead!)

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    nao posted on 2021/07/23
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