Michael IELTS Band 9
Professional Teacher
Everyday UK Expressions (12): Full stop!

Full stop!<o:p></o:p>

Tip 2: Pay attention to the form.<o:p></o:p>

Idioms and set expressions are usually less flexible than phrases made up of words which have their literal meaning.<o:p></o:p>

You may already know that “a full stop” is a punctuation mark.  It is the point at the end of a sentence “.”  However, the words “full stop” are also used as a phrase in informal conversation to indicate that your last point is clear, definitive, and you will not change your mind about it. <o:p></o:p>

For example: “West Ham United is the best football team in England – full stop.”<o:p></o:p>

This is something which a West Ham supporter might say.  Here is another example: <o:p></o:p>

“I’ve told you before that I don’t like horror films.  I will not watch “The Shining” with you – full stop.”<o:p></o:p>

It is a very direct phrase, and the words “full stop” are spoken with emphasis. It is sometimes used to try to finish a discussion.  In my example about horror films, the phrase would have been appropriate if your friend had been trying to persuade you for some time.<o:p></o:p>

In certain contexts, the expression can be rude. For example, your teacher asks you nicely to do some homework which is late, and you say: <o:p></o:p>

“This homework is really hard and so I have decided that I won’t do it – full stop.”<o:p></o:p>

Your teacher is likely to be a bit surprised if you said that!<o:p></o:p>

Can you write your own sentences which end “…. – full stop”?  

Tip on the form: It should be a full sentence, with a subject and a verb.  At the end of the sentence, you should add: “- full stop.”


Sep 30, 2016 11:58 AM
Comments · 13
I think @Natali has used this phrase(Full stop) in a real lively context and it really sounds proper and to the point.Am I right @Michael??
October 1, 2016

I've seen many language sites but "italki" is the best language hub among them--full stop:)

BTW,so far as I came across this phrase is mostly used in negative sentences or rude context or serious matters such as if someone wants his/her words to be given 1st priority or kind of serious situations like a boss tells his employee to finish the work within 2 days and so on.Am I right?

Thank you @Michael for your continuous valuable lessons:) 

September 30, 2016
Good example, Natalia.
October 1, 2016
To the stranger: "Don't insist. I will not give you my phone number - full stop."
October 1, 2016
Good example about the Lion King, Suade.  Keep up the good work.
September 30, 2016
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Michael IELTS Band 9
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English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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German, Italian