Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

to be frank

to be frank
Meaning(s)
1) provide your truthful opinion on something, even if it may cause offence
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    • to be perfectly frank, it is not good enough
  • Analysis
    The phrase 'to be frank' and  'let me be frank' means that you are being honest or truthful even though the person listening may not like what you are about to say. "To be frank, this design is not really to my taste." If you are being 'frank' you are being sincere, genuine and open about your feelings and opinions. You can use this expression to preclude giving someone an opinion that might not be very welcome in order to soften what you are about to say. This is quite a formal expression probably used more widely in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I do like meeting up with Helen from time to time but, to be perfectly frank, she can be a bit of a bore sometimes.
    2. To be frank, I usually don't like spicy food, but your dinner tonight was marvellous. 
    3. I can't see our application being successful, to be frank, but I think we should try anyway.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. To be frank, the way the company treats its employees is a disgrace. It's no wonder that staff morale is so low.
    2. Let me be frank about this - failure to reach your sales quota again this month will be considered a sackable offence.
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