Can you say "Our results speak for themselves" if you want to make clear that the results are obvious? I want to translate something and I don't know if this phrase is too literally for the English language


To speak for itself/themselves is a very widely used English idiom.

speaks for itself ​

C2 If something speaks for itself, it is clear and needs no further explanation:

The school's excellent record speaks for itself.

Cambridge Dictionary


This expression doesn't really mean that the results are obvious. What it means is that because our results are good, then the procedures and processes we use to achieve those results must be good as well (otherwise those good results couldn't have been achieved). Here's how this expression could be used in context:

Q: I see that your company has been profitable for each of the past five years. Do you think this is because you have a better understanding of customer needs than your competition does?

A: Well, I could show you all of the research our marketing team has done, but really, I think our results speak for themselves.

So here, A is not saying that the results are obvious, he's saying that the fact that the results are good means that it's obvious that the research has been good.

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