https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/248902/115654 says

As you say yourself, the first example is using present tense. Not a very common construct, but perfectly valid - the 'narrator' is basically doing a 'flashback' to the actual events.

"As you say yourself" seems to be a common expression, as Ngram Viewer shows About 9,770 results.

However, I can't find its definition or meaning, could someone help?

1 Answer 1


You are right, the expression is not defined in dictionaries despite its common usage.

By saying “as you say (yourself)” you agree with what the person you are referring to is saying.

  • Thank you. Suppose Arthur says something and Doug says "as you say (yourself)", which means Doug agrees with Arthur, right?
    – PutBere
    May 29, 2020 at 11:48
  • Yes, that’s the meaning.
    – user29952
    May 29, 2020 at 11:56
  • Doug quotes something that Arthur said previously, using it to express his own point of view. May 29, 2020 at 12:33

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