What's the difference between "I see, I see" and "I see. I see"? Can one use a comma in between?

The first sentence could be used in formal writing, right?

What about this one: "My house, my rules" instead of "My house. My rules"? What's the difference between these two sentences and are both grammatically correct?


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Firstly, a period or 'full stop' signals the end of a sentence, i.e., a complete statement or idea that is independent.

"I see. I see"

Two individual sentences. Two thoughts. That they are identical is merely incidental. Here it is either a simple repetition or, esp. in speech, depending on intonation, a very different pair of ideas conveyed.

"I see, I see"

One sentence. One thought. The second occurrence reinforces ("Have no doubt, I confirm."), modifies, (per intonation, cf. above) or restates differently to complete the expression.

The reasoning is more reflective in the second example.

"My house, my rules" vs. "My house. My rules"

  • Can anyone give me an example of 'I see, I see' and 'I see. I see' being used that portrays the differences in the meaning?
    – user36521
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:39
  • @user36521 You need to do some background research and bring it to the table.
    – Kris
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:40
  • The thing is, to me 'I see, I see' does seem like it can be two thoughts as well.
    – user36521
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:40
  • @user36521 Yes, two, but not independent of each other, which is all that grammar can assert. Beyond that any implications are in the domain of writing and literature.
    – Kris
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:43
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    Yes. And yes. Can you tell us why you think they may not be?
    – Kris
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:47

The two expressions are colloquial, and therefore likely to occur in writing only in informal contexts, or as a record of what someone has said. A comma before the repeated I see, will give the impression of continuous speech. On the other hand, a full stop (period) between my house and my rules will make the statement more emphatic.


Both of these are grammatically correct and the choice of which one to use would depend on context.

I see, I see could mean anything from an absent-minded murmur of agreement to an irritated "Yes I understand, stop going on about it."

I see. I see. The slight pause between them could mean you are acknowledging true understanding of something which is being explained to you. Or it could be angry, as in:

"I see. I see. You think you can behave exactly as you like and I'll still here be waiting for you! Well I won't!"

My house, my rules is a statement that I am in charge because I pay the bills.

My house. My rules is more emphatic, perhaps repeating it to someone who has broken a rule.

My house! My rules! is a full blown argument often followed by "And if you don't like it you can pack your bags and get out!"


'My house, my rules.' and 'My house. My rules.' are both correct, but the comma or full stop indicates slightly different use and pronunciation/inflection when speaking.

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