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10 Everyday Conversational Expressions Secrets

 

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* 10 Secrets

 

 

10.1 When you share a secret with somebody

 

Can you keep a secret? Listen A I am going to tell you something that I want you to keep a secret. (used with can or could) < Sure! Then listen. Im pregnant.>

Confidentially Listen A In a private manner, between ourselves. <Confidentially, Im not sure if the mother knows all the truth about her daughter. Please keep our little secret private.>

Im telling you this in confidence. Listen A Im telling you this in secrecy, privately. < Whats going on? Tom and I are engaged.>

Im telling you this in the strictest of confidence. Listen < Dont worry. Ill never tell anyone.>

Can you swear on your mothers grave? Listen < Sure. What happened?>

Just between you and me. Listen <Im looking for a new job. Just between you and me.>

Keep a seal on it. Listen <I am strapped for cash. Im selling my collection. Keep a seal on it.>

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10.2 When you ask a person to keep a secret

 

This is top secret. Listen A This information is highly confidential. <You cant disclose the contents of this memorandum to anyone. This is top secret. I understand.>

This is for your eyes only. Listen <Im giving this report to you for a few hours. This is for your eyes only. Trust me. It wont leave this room.>

This is for your ears only. Listen <Can you keep a secret? Sure. This is for your ears only. Jim is in jail again. Wow. Well, I wont tell a soul.>

This is off the record. Listen A This should not be publicly reported. <This is off the record. What happened? Our boss has just got fired. Were going to have a new department manager on Monday.>

This is not for the record. Listen <This is not for the record. I submitted my resignation to the board of directors. It has not been approved yet.>

This is not to be quoted. Listen <The Senator is not going to run for President. This is not to be quoted.>

This is not for public disclosure. Listen <Ive heard the rumor that youre looking for a new job. Thats right. But this is not for public disclosure.>

This is not for publication. Listen <I want to show you our new results. This is not for publication.>

Dont say I told you. Listen <Sue has broken up with her boyfriend. Dont say I told you. Of course not! You know me.>

Dont say who told you. Listen <A group of my friends went to Las Vegas for the weekend. Dont say who told you.>

Dont let it out of this room. Listen <Have you heard about Sheryl and Bob? No. Tell me. They eloped. Dont let it out of this room.>

Dont let the cat out of the bag. Listen A Dont reveal the secret. <Is it true that our company is practically bankrupt? Yes. However, dont let the cat out of the bag. People dont need to be nervous.>

Dont let this go any further. Listen <Are you really selling your car? Youre so proud of it! Yes, I am. I need money. Dont let this go any further.>

Dont let this get around. Listen <If you want to access this website, here are my nickname and password. Dont let this get around.>

Dont let this get out. Listen <Terrys husband is drinking again. Dont let this get out.>

Dont tell a soul. Listen A Dont tell anybody about it. <Are you engaged with your boyfriend? Yes. Dont tell a soul. Its out secret.>

Dont breathe a word of this to anyone. Listen A Dont tell any of this to anyone. <Marys wedding has been cancelled. Dont breathe a word of this to anyone.>

Keep quiet about it. Listen A Dont tell anybody about it. <Your niece Lucy ran away from home. Keep quiet about it.>

Keep it to yourself. Listen <Im sharing this information with you in strict confidence. Keep it to yourself.>

Keep your mouth shut. Listen <Are you in trouble financially? Yes, Im in debt. Keep your mouth shut about it.>

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10.3 When you promise to keep a secret

 

Your secret is safe with me. Listen A I wont tell your secret to anybody. <This information is very important. Your secret is safe with me. I swear.>

Ill take it to my grave. Listen A I wont tell this secret to anybody until I die. <Dont you dare tell anyone I told you. Ill take it to my grave.>

I wont tell a soul. Listen A I wont tell this secret to anybody. <I hope you are a tight-lipped person. Trust me. I wont tell a soul.>

My lips are sealed. Listen <Dont tell my mother about it. Dont worry. My lips are sealed.>

It wont leave this room. Listen <I prefer you wouldnt mention this to anyone. It wont leave this room.>

I wont breathe a word of it. Listen <I hope you wont tell anybody about this. You got it. I wont breathe a word of it.>

I swear on a stack of bibles. Listen <Dont tell anybody. I understand. I swear on a stack of Bibles.>

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