“I think we need to steer the conversation back to this specific project.”
You're leading a meeting at work. Some of the other people at the meeting are talking about problems in the company, but this meeting is supposed to be for talking about a project that you're planning.
I think we need to steer the conversation back to this specific project.
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steer (a conversation)
"Steering" something means controlling which direction it moves in. For example, you steer a car when you drive.
We also use the word "steer" to talk about controlling a conversation. You steer a conversation when there's something that you want to talk about, or something that you want to avoid talking about.
When people bring up politics, I usually try to steer the conversation back to something a little less controversial.
If you'd like to return to a topic that you were talking about earlier, you "steer the conversation back" to that topic.
We need to (do something)
If you're in charge of a group, or if you feel really confident in your opinion, you can tell people "We need to ___":
We need to get to work. We don't have a lot of time left.
We need to do the best that we can with our current budget.
(the/this) specific (thing)
In English, we care about whether something is general or specific. That's why we use articles like "a" and "the":
I saw a dog.
I saw the dog.
The first sentence is general. It's about a dog which the listener doesn't know about. The second sentence is specific. It's about a certain dog that the listener has seen or heard about.
But sometimes "the" isn't strong enough by itself. One way to make it stronger is with the word "specific":
I've seen a dog that looks like the one you described. I don't know if it was the specific dog you were referring to, though.