An ELT Notebook : Gambits / Sentence Stems


Gambits ( or sentence stems)are a type of lexical chunk consisting of a group of words with a specific function used as an unanalysed whole. 

Examples :  

That reminds me of ... (to introduce an anecdote); 
The thing is.. (to introduce a point in an argument, problem or objection etc); 
you know (to introduce and explanation - eg It was, you know, a bit embarassing).
if I were you (to introduce advice)
In my view (to introduce and opinion)