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interjection well pronunciation in British English /wel/
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  1. 1
    used for introducing a statement, especially one that you make as a reply

    Well, I agree with you about that.

    Well, I haven’t seen you for a long time.

    1. a.
      used for replying to someone when you think that there is something slightly wrong with what they have said

      Well, I wouldn’t have put it quite like that.

    2. b.
      used for replying to someone when they are expecting you to sayyes’, but the answer is ‘no’

      ‘So you told him what you thought of his idea, then?’ ‘Well, not exactly.’

  2. 2
    used for asking a question or for asking for an explanation

    Well, what did they say?

    Well, who’s responsible for this mess?

  3. 3
    used for continuing to tell someone something after a pause

    Well, as I was saying...

    1. a.
      used when telling a story for introducing the words that you or someone else has said

      So then she says well pack your things and go!

  4. 5
    used for ending a discussion or talk

    Well, that’s all for now.

 

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