Other Ways to Say “To be Honest” in English

Here is a list of useful ways to say “to be honest” in English with ESL image. Learn these common phrases to use instead of “to be honest” to improve your English.

Other Ways to Say “To be Honest”

  • Actually …
  • Allow me to speak my mind …
  • As a matter of fact …
  • As it happens…
  • Frankly …
  • Honestly/ frankly speaking…
  • Honestly…
  • I’m going to lay it on the line …
  • I’m just going to come right out and say it …
  • I’m only telling you this because I care about you …
  • If I can speak my mind …
  • If I shoot from the hip …
  • If I’m perfectly honest …
  • If I’m being honest…
  • If truth be told …
  • In actual fact …
  • In all fairness …
  • In all honesty …
  • In all sincerity
  • In fact …
  • Let me set the record straight …
  • Let’s be fair …
  • Let’s be/make it clear
  • Let’s put the whole truth out there
  • Let’s set the record straight
  • The truth of the matter is…
  • To be fair
  • To be frank …
  • To put it frankly/bluntly…
  • To tell the truth …
  • Truth to be told…
  • Truthfully…
  • With all due respect …
  • TBH

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Walt Dittrich
Walt Dittrich
2 months ago

To avoid saying “To be honest” one should say “honestly”?!
That sort of defeats the purpose, no?
Saying “To be honest”, “Honestly”, or even “Truthfully,” implies everything you said before that was a lie.

Scott Main
Scott Main
1 month ago
Reply to  Walt Dittrich

I agree with that. Or at best says that you lack integrity with all of your other words.

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