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How to be sarcastic in English!

In our English conversation practice class today, you’ll learn how to be sarcastic in English.

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Sarcasm is an important part of language; and it’s often used in English. But what is it, exactly?

 Sarcasm consists of saying the opposite to what you really mean.

It’s a form of speaking that’s quite typical in many English-speaking countries, and it’s important to be able to recognise it.

We don’t recommend you use sarcasm in English until you’re comfortable doing it. However, knowing how to use it will help you recognise it. So, here are some ways you can be sarcastic.

Sarcasm is often used as a form of humour, or to make other people feel silly or stupid. And it often comes in the form of a witty and fast response to a question or observation.

For example:

At work

A: Is that pen yours?
B: No, I stole it.

At home

A: Am I supposed to pick a card?

B: No, you’re supposed to pick your nose.

In a restaurant

A: Are you going to eat that?

B: Only if you want it.

In a shop

A: Will there be anything else?
B: Why? Wasn’t that enough?

At the riverbank

A: Did you catch that fish?
B: No, I asked it to jump out of the water and into my bucket.

Witty people

Some people are famous for their witty, sarcastic comments. Here are a few examples of this. Notice how the comments start off sounding nice but end up being more aggressive:

Quote 1

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde

Quote 2

“Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.” Ashleigh Brilliant

Quote 3

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” Groucho Marx

Quote 4

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” Mark Twain

Quote 5

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” Fred Allen


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