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When "that is" means "in other words," can it be used in colloquial speech? Or is it more suited to a formal register? Does the following sound natural in daily speech?

We, that is, my brother and I, are going there tomorrow.

I'd appreciate your help.

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    that is is perfectly good in all registers including informal, and slightly better than in other words when you are clarifying the meaning, not the wording. – jonathanjo Aug 16 at 11:19
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When "that is" means "in other words," can it be used in colloquial speech? Or is it more suited to a formal register? Does the following sound natural in daily speech?

We, that is, my brother and I, are going there tomorrow.

To be Honest no it does not sound correct I believe you should have used the saying

***We, I should say, my brother and I, are going there tomorrow.****

"that is" adds nothing to the sentence, without saying "that is" it is already assumed from the sentence We, my brother and I, are going there tomorrow.

Whilst "I should say" denotes a correction. You have remembered they do not know who we are?

Further more "in other words," does not work in this situation either. "in other words," is used when you give an explanation instead of a direct reply to a question or a reason to not comply with a suggestion, rather than giving a short direct answer like yes or no.

*We, my brother and I, are going there tomorrow., "In other words," I'm busy and won't be available.

  • How about "that is to say" instead of "that is" in the OP? – Apollyon Aug 16 at 15:12

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