grammatical expression: (it) goes without saying



Well, it’s the last day of the year, so I’d like to write one last blog entry for 2011. It is the expression “goes without saying”, and it’s used when we want to assure another person about something. For example:

We’re very sorry about sending you the wrong item. We’ll send you the correct one immediately, and it goes without saying that there will be no delivery charge.

A: When we go out for my birthday, are you going to pay for dinner?

B: Oh, that goes without saying! It’s your birthday!

It goes without saying that I will do my very best at this job! Thank you for giving it to me.

As you can see from my examples, we usually put the word “it” at the beginning of this expression. However, if we use it as a response to another person, as in my second example, we use the word “that” instead.

When we say something “goes without saying”, we’re basically saying that it’s so obvious that it shouldn’t have to be said. However, we say it anyway in order to make the other feel assured about it.



  1. mariana Said:

    Hi, how are you guys, you helped me a lot last time with come and go, after several times looking for answers, now, i have a new question, if it is possible for you to help me again.
    i wonder why Numerals (word class) cardinals and ordinals are considered determiners and not adjectives? is this a convention? or there is a logic reason? because i can not understand it.

    I hope you can help me!

    Lots of love! Mariam.

    • Hi there.

      I’m afraid I really don’t know. My guess is that numbers in English are always used to determine the place or quantity of a noun, but an adjective is used to describe its nature or appearance.

      I don’t know if that helps you, but I hope it does.


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