“I'm still on the fence.”

English Lesson: I'm still on the fence.

You're trying to decide whether to take a new job or stay at your current job. Someone asks you what you're going to do.

I'm still on the fence.

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(someone) is on the fence

When someone is supposed to choose between two things, but hasn't made a choice yet, you can describe them as "on the fence". Imagine that the two choices are areas that are separated by a fence, and someone is sitting on top of the fence between them.

You can be "on the fence" about a life decision, such as where to go to college:

She's still on the fence between Duke and Yale.

Or you can use "on the fence" to talk about someone's opinions on important issues such as politics or religion:

A: How do you feel about the war?

B: You know, I'm kind of on the fence.

 The phrase "on the fence" doesn't really carry a positive or negative association, but some people don't like it when people are "on the fence" on important issues. They feel that people should clearly choose a side and stick with it. Other people think that it's important to understand both sides of an issue.

(something) is still (happening)

Use "still" to talk about things that:

  • started in the past
  • are still going on
  • are continuing longer than you expected or hoped