To be sincere

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

Does the phrase "to be sincere" meaning "what I really think is" sound natural/correct in the examples that I created below?

a. John: Are you going to Jack's wedding? Mike: To be sincere, I think this wedding is a lie. I'm not going.
b. Mary: Do you like this perfume? Sarah: To be sincere, I don't. It's too strong.

Thank you in advance!
  • Jektor

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    The phrase you are looking for is "to be honest":
    "To be honest, I think this wedding is a lie"
    "Do you like this perfume? Sarah: To be honest, I don't. It's too strong"

    Nickle Sydney

    Senior Member
    Well, I have never come across "to be sincere" as an introduction and I don't think it actually works (well, I have never heard it either).
    To be honest, to be frank, honestly, frankly speaking, frankly.

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Thank you all very much.

    So, the phrase "to be sincere" isn't natural/idiomatic in English? I wonder why.
    It just isn’t. I don’t think there’s a reason for that sort of thing. We have a few “set” ways of saying this and your suggestion just isn’t one of them.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    It's possible to use "In all sincerity..." - I really mean what I am saying; the speaker is assuring the listener of his sincerity.

    I wouldn't use it in your example sentences, where the speaker is simply speaking frankly.

    Frankly, I think this wedding is a sham.
    To be quite frank, no, I don't like your perfume.
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