Example dialogue:

Speaker A: "I like the work. It's just that---"

Speaker B: The pay is too low? I wanted to finish.

Is that usage correct? Or I have to use another word? Or writing something like finish the sentence?

  • 1
    I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean. Could you please identify which words were said by speaker A and which by speaker B?
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 15, 2017 at 17:36
  • I take it you're contemplating finishing the statement made by another person with whom you're having a conversation, but restraining yourself from interrupting. Is that right? Mar 15, 2017 at 17:45
  • ... or did speaker A start the sentence, speaker B interrupted and speaker A said "I wanted to finish"
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 15, 2017 at 17:49
  • @JavaLatte I edited the question.
    – alex
    Mar 16, 2017 at 1:36
  • 1
    Why would anybody say "The pay is too low? I wanted to finish"?
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 16, 2017 at 6:41

1 Answer 1


I'm assuming

I wanted to finish

Is said by the same person who said

I like the work. It's just that---

If that is the case, a more natural line would be the "command" form:

Let me finish!

Which is a request to the other person to allow you to finish your sentence.

  • And in informal British English, it would usually be preceded by something "Hang on a minute..."
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 15, 2017 at 18:06
  • Sorry, these are two speakers. And the second one is finishing the other's sentence.
    – alex
    Mar 16, 2017 at 2:09
  • You should have waited for clarification of the question ;-)
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 16, 2017 at 6:42
  • This exchange doesn't make sense with the clarification. Why would speaker B say that?
    – mstorkson
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:19

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .