For one thing

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"For one thing,…"

Meaning: used when giving just one of many reasons

Similar Expressions
  • One reason is that it is too expensive.
When do we use it?

We use this expression when there are many reasons for something, but we are just giving one. We are telling the speaker that there are other reasons, but we are just telling them one.

How do we use it?

We usually use this expression at the beginning of a sentence. Put a comma after it when writing.
  • For one thing, we don't have enough time.
  • For one thing, there is no reason to hire another employee.
When speaking, we might hear some people add this to the end of a sentence.
  • I won't know anybody there, for one thing.
Example English Conversations

A) Why don't you quit your job?
B) For one thing, I have kids and a family. I can't just quit my job and do whatever I want to do.

A) Why don't you buy a new house?
B) For one thing, the housing market is not good for buyers at the moment. Another reason is that I just bought a new car, so I don't have enough money right now.

A) Why don't you like her?
B) For one thing, she stole my boyfriend. Also, she only talks about herself and she is very selfish.

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