Other Ways to Say "I don’t know"




Has your mind gone blank in the middle of a presentation? Can’t answer your student’s question? Don’t want to admit that you simply don’t know the answer?
Here are some better ways of rephrasing those three awkward words, to get out of answering immediately!

  • Let me check on that
  • I’ll get back to you on that one
  • I’ll find out and let you know
  • Let me find out for you
  • I’ll double check and let you know
  • That’s a really good question, I’ll check
  • That’s a really good question, I’ll find out
  • I haven’t looked at that yet
  • That requires a bit more research first
  • I’m going to investigate that further
  • I’m not 100% sure on that
  • I can find out for you
  • Let me look that up for you
  • I want to be sure and give you the correct information. Let me check.
  • I can’t remember off the top of my head. I’ll get back to you on that.
  • I don’t have that information here right now
  • That’s not my area of expertise, I’ll ask …..
  • There are several possible answers, I’ll need more information first
  • It could be one of many possibilities, I’ll look into it
  • That’s something I want you to find out for yourself!
  • I’m probably not the best person to ask for that information
  • What do YOU think?
  • What do you suggest?
  • I haven’t had time to think that through yet
  • I’ve been wondering the same thing!
  • I haven’t a clue
  • I haven’t got a clue
  • I’m not sure
  • Beats me
  • Search me
  • Who knows? (Rhetorical question)
  • I haven’t got the faintest idea
  • I haven’t the faintest idea
  • I have no idea
  • Your guess is as good as mine


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