Let's say you and your colleagues are figuring out how to save time doing your daily work. And then you suddenly come up with an idea, how do you say this if it happened abruptly?

Guys, I have an idea!


Guys, I've just got an idea!


Guys, An idea just popped into my head!

which is the correct expression here? P.S: The register is casual conversation

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  • Have you thought this through? It's not always appropriate to address your audience as "Guys", so that's a difference. Including "just" explicitly emphasises "recency" (or feasibly, "triviality", but I doubt that would be intended). And to speak of anything "popping into your head" is obviously a very relaxed informal idiomatic usage. Your choice depends what context you're speaking in, and what kind of impression you want to give. – FumbleFingers Sep 5 '18 at 16:11
  • In casual conversation, this will definitely work: Hey, I got an idea. – Michael Rybkin Sep 5 '18 at 16:27
  • @MichaelRybkin, nice! that's what I've been looking for. – John Arvin Sep 5 '18 at 19:17

In casual conversation, you can say

I've got an idea!

you can also say



I've got it!

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