put weight/substance to one's words ?!

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m0nchichi

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I'm looking for a way to describe how 'important' something is someone says. In German people say something like ' his words have substance' or 'put some weight or substance to what you say' .


Thanks in advance!
 
  • Loob

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    English UK
    Can you give us a complete sentence, m0nchichi? And, perhaps, some context: what sort of person is saying this, and who is (s)he speaking to?
     

    kency

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    English - SE England
    I'm looking for a way to describe how 'important' something is someone says. In German people say something like ' his words have substance' or 'put some weight or substance to what you say' .


    Thanks in advance!
    Weight and substance are all commonly used for this in English.

    You could also say somebody speaks authoratitively or "with authority".
     

    m0nchichi

    Senior Member
    I think I found the phrase:

    To carry more weight



    I would have to make up a context, though. Let's say your son/daughter is getting older and interested in going out and drinking and you tell them not to drink because it is unhealthy. Of course, they wouldn't believe you because that's what teenagers do. But if their role model, who is a famous person, would say the same, it would carry more weight.

    Does this make sense?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    That looks perfect, m0nchichi:):thumbsup:



    One tiny point: if their role model said the same....
     
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