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Hi, there. I have heard this phrase many times before, please tell me if it is used correctly in the following conversation:

What happened between you two?

She didn't love me, I guess. So she found someone else. That's pretty much it.

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"That's pretty much it." is grammatical, but too abrupt-sounding. It needs more words, something like the following, for example:


"She didn't love...someone else. That's pretty much the gist of it."

Why do you think the speaker should not be abrupt?

Clive

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You could do away with the words "pretty much," and you'd then have an even more compact sentence: "That's it." But who would say something that abrupt, in this context? Adding the extra words "pretty much" makes it less abrupt, but still too much so, in this context. More words are needed.

She didn't love me, I guess. So she found someone else. That's pretty much it.

It seems very natural to me that in this situation the speaker would choose to be abrupt. I don't see anything wrong with that. Emotion: smile

Clive