of course

of course

Meaning

  • with absolute certainty
  • as would be expected and is of no surprise
  • can also be used as an informal affirmation that what you are saying is true
  • used as a polite way of giving someone permission
  • can also be used to mean “as luck would have it”

Example Sentences

  1. Of course, I will help you to move. That’s what friends are for.
  2. I can’t believe that you doubted me. Of course, I remembered to bring your bag with me.
  3. He will, of course, be the first person out the door today. It is after all a long weekend.
  4. “Do you like my new hairstyle?” “Of course.”
  5. “Could I please run in and use your printer? Mine has just broken.” “Of course, help yourself.”
  6. Of course, my car would be giving trouble today. As if I don’t have enough to worry about.

Origin

The use was first recorder in 1548. It was used as a phrase meaning “belonging the ordinary procedure.” It was also used to mean “natural order.” As in, this is to be expected.

As a standalone idiom it was not used until the 1800s. It is a modified version of the original and means naturally, obviously. This is the manner in which it is used today.

1823: She made some very particular inquiries about my people, which, of course, I was unable to answer.

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