The fixed expression “I have to admit” is used to emphasize that the speaker is about to acknowledge or confess something, often in situations where they may have initially been hesitant or reluctant to do so. It is commonly used to convey a sense of honesty or self-reflection. By using this phrase, the speaker indicates that they are about to reveal something that might be surprising, contrary to their previous beliefs, or goes against popular opinion. It serves as a preamble to a statement that may require some courage or vulnerability on the part of the speaker.
- “I have to admit, I was wrong about her. Despite my initial doubts, she turned out to be an incredibly talented singer.”
- “I have to admit, I was skeptical at first, but this new technology has truly revolutionized the way we communicate.”
- “I have to admit, I was hesitant about taking on the project, but it ended up being a tremendous success, exceeding all expectations.”
PELIC STUDENT EXAMPLE:
Arabic male, level 4 writing class.
TLC STUDENT SPEAKING TEST EXAMPLE:
but with my parents,
male China C1
*There are only a few examples that all start at C1 in the TLC.