We all know then when someone is going to ask you to continue their speech we can tell them:

  • Go on, tell me what happened next. [Source]

But imagine they say something quite annoying or for some reasons you don't want them to continue telling you what they were talking about. What would you normally say in English? Does the sentence below sound natural to you?

  • Please don't go on.

If not, please let me know what is more acceptable to be said here?

P.S. would it be possible to use some verbs like: "proceed" or "continue" in this sense at all?

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    Why do you think it might not be possible? – AmE speaker Feb 9 '17 at 12:48
  • I don't think about it's possibility. I thought maybe there is a more natural way to say the same thing in this case. I am a nonnative and do not feel your language. If you were me you could possibly notice why I am concerning about such a question. There are lots of lingual gaps between yours and mine @Clare. – A-friend Feb 9 '17 at 13:54
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    What would be said depends on why you are telling them to stop. You are glossing over the core issue: "for some reason you don't want them to continue". I will remove my vote-to-close because the question is too broad if you can edit it to be more specific. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Feb 9 '17 at 13:54
  • @TRomano I mentioned above, but I think it was surely not sufficient to indicate the message in my mind. Well, suppose i.e. they say something very annoying that can hurt your feelings or something that is upsetting you, e.g. a fact about your (saving your presence) wife who is cheating you and they have faced that scene and so on. It can bother you too much to hear the rest of the story. So what shall you say here? I know that: "Please don't go on" is an idiomatic sentence in English, but is it natural in this sense? – A-friend Feb 9 '17 at 13:58
  • Additional details need to be edited into your question. – user3169 Feb 10 '17 at 3:37

In polite conversation, you could try to redirect the speaker.

That sounds very interesting, but please tell me more about (other topic).


That is super, but I was hoping (other person) could tell us something about (other topic).

You could say "please don't go on" with close friends, who would not take offense.


The reason that you want the person to stop will affect what you say. When you use the expression go on about something, it means that somebody keeps repeating the same complaint.

John keeps going on about his new boss.

So, if somebody keeps repeating the same complaint, you can say

Please don't go on about it.

If you find the subject distasteful or embarrassing, you would not use the go on expression. You could politely say

Can we please change the subject?

Or (very much) less politely

Just shut (the fuck) up!

  • Did I get you right @Java Latte? Did you mean "go on sth" means repeating the same thing continually? – A-friend Feb 10 '17 at 16:03
  • @A-friend. Not go on sth, but go on about sth. It's not necessarily repetition: it;s more about keeping talking about the same subject, for example a Patriots fan might go on about the Patriots. It's mainly used when somebody is complaining about the same thing. – JavaLatte Feb 11 '17 at 4:52

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