I know where you are coming from

Meaning(s)

1. understand somebody's behaviour or point of view

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I can see where you're coming from

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This expression is often used when discussing ideas or explaining something, which is why it is commonly heard in a professional environment. It this regard, it is essentially another way of saying 'I understand your point of view,' or 'I understand what you are trying to tell me.' When you talk about 'where somebody is coming from' you are saying you understand their viewpoint or their feelings. This phrase can also be used to relate to or empathize with someone, particularly in a social context.

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  1. I might run my idea past Maria. I think she'd get where I'm coming from.
  2. I understand where you're coming from, I've struggled with addiction myself over the years.

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  1. Look, I know where you're coming from, but it doesn't change the fact that you broke the rules.
  2. I'm disappointed that my boss didn't want me to lead the project, but I can see where he's coming from. There are others in the team with a lot more experience than me.
  3. Sorry, I don't get where you're coming from. Do you mind explaining it to me again?

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