Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) briefly discuss or mention something
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touch on an issue
When you 'touch on something' you briefly deal with something in a written or spoken discussion without going into too much detail. You will often hear this used in professional or academic environments. In social situations, it can be a good expression to use when asking to deal with sensitive matters. "Would you mind if we touched on your issues with your mother?" To 'touch on' something can also mean to come near to being. "She was touching on rude when she made that statement."
Social Examples (Basic)
The book touches upon a number of important topics, but there isn't enough detail to gain a proper understanding of them.
We touched on the subject last week but didn't have the opportunity to explore it properly.
Could I touch on the subject of money for a moment?
Professional Examples (Basic)
Jane's sales pitch was mainly about her new product, but she also touched on her personal life.
We'll touch on that issue in the meeting tomorrow. Today we need to focus on the task at hand.
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