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used to emphasize something you are saying
Well, I think it's a good idea anyway.
Well, I've had enough and I'm going home!
'James doesn't want to come to the cinema with us.' '
, let's go on our own.'
used to pause or give yourself time to think before saying something
Well, let's see now, I could meet you on Thursday.
accepting a situation
used to show that you accept a situation even though you feel disappointed or annoyed about it
Well, I did my best - I can't do any more than that.
Oh well, we'll just have to cancel the holiday, I suppose.
well, well, (well)
used to express surprise or amusement
Well, so Steve got the job?
Well, well, well, I didn't think I'd see you here.
used to express anger or disapproval
Well, she could at least have phoned to say she wasn't coming!
used to show that you are about to finish speaking or doing something
Well, that's all for today.
Well, that's the last one done.
used to show that you are not sure about something
'Will you be in on Friday evening?' 'Well, it depends.'
used to slightly change something that you have said
He's rolling in money! Well, he's got a lot more than me, anyway.
used to show that you agree with an idea or accept a suggestion
'Very well,' he said. 'I accept.'
continuing a story
used to continue a story you are telling people, especially in order to make it seem more interesting
You know that couple I was telling you about the other day? Well, last night I saw a police car in front of their house!
asking a question
used to ask someone to answer a question you have asked them, when you are angry with them
Well? What have you got to say for yourself?
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