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11 Everyday Conversational Expressions Encouragement p.3

 

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* 11 Encouragement (p.3 of 3)

 

11.11 When you are ready to grab an opportunity

 

I wont hesitate. Listen <When I see a clear shot, I wont hesitate.>

I wont think twice. Listen A Ill make a decision almost immediately. <If they offer me a good salary, I wont think twice.>

Ill do it without a second thought. Listen A Ill do it without thinking whether it is right or wrong. <If my company offers me to move to California, Ill do it without a second thought.>

Ill do it in a heartbeat. Listen A Ill do it almost immediately. <If I need to spend all my money on my daughters health, Ill do it in a heartbeat.>

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11.12 When a person is hesitating

 

He cant make up his mind. Listen A He cannot make a decision. <The boss doesnt know yet if he wants to go forward with this deal. He cant make up his mind.>

He is dragging his feet. Listen <He knows he has to make a decision, but he is dragging his feet.>

He got cold feet. Listen <The bridegroom got cold feet right before the wedding.>

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11.13 When you are not happy about the insufficiency of somebodys efforts

 

Is that it? Listen < Lord knows Ive tried.>

Is that all? Listen < Ive done my best.>

Do you call that finished? Listen <I told you to clean your room. Do you call that finished?>

This wont do. Listen A This effort wont suffice. <Im glad you managed to raise so much money. But you need much more. This wont do.>

That wont do it. Listen A That effort wont bring you a desirable result. <I know how hard you practiced. However, your opponent is very strong. That wont do it.>

That doesnt cut it. Listen A That effort doesnt suffice. <The government has done something to improve its performance. Very little, though. That does not cut it. We are in recession, you know.>

This is not a masterpiece. Listen A This is not an outstanding work. <I have a copy of your report. This is not a masterpiece. The management can easily stop financing your project.>

Once more with feeling. Listen A Repeat this passage once more; this time with passion. <The film director told the actress, Once more with feeling.>

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11.14 When you indicate that an almost done job does not count

 

You almost had it. Listen A You almost achieved it. <Im so sorry you lost the final fight of the championship. You almost had it.>

So near and yet so far. Listen A The result was within reach, but it was not achieved. <I tried to open the door and let the people out of the burning house, but the door was locked. So near and yet so far.>

So close and yet so far. Listen <How did you do in the contest? I came in second, right after the winner. So close and yet so far.>

Close, but no cigar. Listen A You missed, so you are not winning a cigar as a prize. <I forgot your brothers name. Is it Jim? Close, but no cigar. Its Josh.>

You were within a hairs breadth. Listen A You were within a very close distance. <You finished the race almost neck and neck with the gold medalist. Almost! You were within a hairs breadth.>

A miss is as good as a mile. Listen A A small failure that causes a loss is no better than a big blunder. <The other candidate lost the election race by two per cent only. Anyway, he lost it. A miss is as good as a mile.>

Nice try. Listen A Although you missed, I compliment your attempt. <You were within a hairs breadth of beating the world record. Nice try, though.>

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11.15 When a person isnt doing enough

 

Youre not helping as much as you should. Listen <Look, I have almost completed the job. Youre not helping as much as you should.>

Youre not doing your share. Listen A You are not working as hard as others. <Johnny, your father works and makes money. Your mother cooks and keeps the home fires burning. Your job, Johnny, is to learn in school, which you dont do well. Youre not doing your share.>

Youre not doing your fair share. Listen <My dear husband, you should be more helpful around the house. Youre not doing your fair share.>

Youre not pulling your own weight. Listen A You are not doing your share. <Your teammates are complaining about you. Youre not pulling your own weight. Im doing the best I can.>

Youre slacking off. Listen <Im afraid you cant work at our cooperative anymore. Youre slacking off.>

Stop being such a lazybones.   Listen   <“Get a normal job and a haircut. Stop being such a lazybones.”>

Youre not living up to your potential. Listen A You are not fulfilling expectations. <Working atmosphere in our company is conducive to career growth. Youre not living up to your potential, though.>

Youre not living up to your end of the bargain. Listen A You are not doing your portion of the agreement. <I supplied you the goods you ordered. You havent paid for the shipment yet. Youre not living up to your end of the bargain.>

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11.16 When you encourage a person whose attitude is improving

 

Now youre talking! Listen A Finally you are saying what is right. <Next semester Ill study really hard. Now youre talking.>

There you go! Listen A Finally you are doing what is right. <Now I understand I have to study hard. There you go! Im really pleased to hear that from you.>

Thats the way to go! Listen A You are on the right track, so continue doing that. <Im glad you finally got a decent job and settled down. Thats the way to go!>

Thats more like it. Listen A That thing or action is closer to what is right. <I study eleven hours a day. Thats more like it. I would like to see some results, too.>

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