Come to think of it

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"Come to think of it…"

Meaning: used to express when a person suddenly realizes something

Similar Expressions
  • Come to think of it, he was at the party.
  • On second thought, he was at the party.
  • I just remembered, he was at the party.
When do we use it?

We use this phrase when we suddenly realize something. This is usually something that is different from what we thought or said earlier. So, we use this when we suddenly remember some piece of information that we had forgotten.

A) Tim wasn't at the meeting.
B) Are you sure?
A) Well…Come to think of it, he was there.

How do we use it?

We use this phrase at the beginning of a sentence before we say what we have suddenly realized or thought of. Put a comma after this phrase when writing.
  • Come to think of it, I didn't turn off the stove.
  • Come to think of it, she doesn't live on this street. She lives on the next street.
Many times, people will use other words before this phrase. These are words that are used to stall while a person is thinking.
  • Actually…come to think of it, he didn't write this book.
  • Well…come to think of it, we haven't heard from him in a couple of months.
Example English Conversation

A) Mark is in charge of this project.
B) I thought that Steve was in charge.
A) Come to think of it, you are right. Steve is in charge.
B) What would you do without me?
A) I guess I would be wrong a lot.

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