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12 Everyday Conversational Expressions Stress, Anxiety, Excitement p.7

 

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* 12 Stress, Anxiety, Excitement (p.7 of 9)

 

12.27 When you want to make the best of a bad situation

 

Make the best of it. Listen A Try to get the most in an unfavorable situation. <Its so hard to work at this company. Make the best of it. Get experience and make useful contacts.>

Its the best I can do under the circumstances. Listen <My sister bandaged my wounded arm and said, Its the best I can do under the circumstances. I need to take you to a hospital.>

I wish I could do more. Listen <Well, we failed to repair my bicycle. Anyway, thank you for your help. I wish I could do more. I wish I had my tools with me.>

Something is better than nothing. Listen A At least you got something. <At least I made money on the deal. Something is better than nothing.>

Its for the best. Listen A It is still more or less okay in spite of the way it looks. <I didnt buy the house I wanted. Its for the best. You couldnt afford it anyway.>

Its all for the best. Listen <So, your girlfriend dumped you? Its all for the best. Now you can concentrate upon your study.>

It was just one of those things. Listen A It was just one of those unlucky, unavoidable events that in the end even turned out to play a positive role. <My great-grandfather got seriously sick and missed his trip on a boat. No one was to blame, of course. It was just one of those things. The name of the boat was Titanic.>

You need to count your blessings.   Listen   A “You need to be grateful for the small advantages you still have in your difficult situation.”   <“You got injured in the accident, but you are alive. You need to count your blessings.”>

Be thankful for small blessings. Listen <The times are tough, but you can pay your bills. Be thankful for small blessings.>

The important thing is that you learn from your mistakes. Listen <I lost a lot of money trying to get out of that mess. The important thing is that you learn from your mistakes. You will never get into such a mess again.>

The important thing is that you are alive. Listen <I got into a really bad accident. My car is a wreck. The important thing is that youre alive.>

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12.28 When you cannot help in a situation

 

What am I supposed to do about it? Listen <The car got stalled. Do something! What am I supposed to do about it? Im not a mechanic.>

What do you want me to do about it?   Listen   <“Son, why don’t you get a job?” – “Mother, nobody wants to hire me. What do you want me to do about it?”>

What do you expect me to do in this situation? Listen <Yes, dear, our son who is a college student wants to get married. And our daughter who is only nineteen is pregnant. What do you expect me to do in this situation?>

What else can I do? Listen A Is there anything else I can do to help in this situation? <Did you give the patient all the medicine prescribed? Yes, I did. What else can I do?>

Theres nothing I can do. Listen <Were losing money on this unwise investment. Theres nothing I can do. Next time we have to think twice before investing.>

This situation is beyond me. Listen <Our company is going under. We lost competition. This situation is beyond me.>

This situation is more than I can handle. Listen <Can you call upon your friends in Washington? Without their political support we can lose local elections. This situation is more than I can handle. Even support from Washington wont bring us local votes.>

I cant help it. Listen A Unfortunately, I cant help in this situation. <I wish your sister didnt smoke. I cant help it. I wish she didnt either.>

It cant be helped. Listen A Unfortunately, nothing can help in this situation. <My rose bush looks dead. It cant be helped. The current drought killed many plants in the garden.>

I would if I could, but I cant. Listen A I want to help in this situation, but I cant. <We are losing this game. Can you do anything? I would if I could, but I cant. Our opponents are too strong.>

My hands are tied. Listen A I am not free to act as I please. <Im sorry. This situation is more than I can handle. My hands are tied.>

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12.29 When you dont know what to say

 

I dont know what to say. Listen A I dont have any idea what I can say. <Why did you do such a silly thing? I dont know what to say.>

I have nothing to say. Listen <How could it happen? You were there. Tell me! I have nothing to say.>

I have nothing to add. Listen <Why did you do such a dumb thing? I just did. I have nothing to add.>

Im speechless. Listen A I am so surprised I dont know what to say. <They abandoned attempts to find the lost crew. Im speechless. How can they do that?>

I have no response. Listen <Why has the commanding officer decided to abort the rescue mission? Im not fully aware of all the details. I have no response.>

Im lost for words. Listen A I am so surprised I am unable to say anything. <It all has happened so suddenly. Im lost for words.>

Im at a loss for words. Listen <Why is she so rude to me? I dont know. Im at a loss for words.>

What can I say? Listen A I dont have an explanation or excuse. <Well, however awful, this is what happened. What can I say?>

What can I tell you? Listen <Do you remember any details of what happened that day? Do you have any recollections? Please calm down. What can I tell you?>

What do you want me to say? Listen <How on Earth did you lose the car keys? We cant get home now. What do you want me to say? Im sorry!>

No comment. Listen A I cannot comment on this subject. <Did you smoke under the No Smoke sign? No comment.>

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12.30 When you accept blame

 

I take the blame. Listen <It is a bad investment. I take the blame.>

I blame no one but myself. Listen <I made a wrong decision. I blame no one but myself.>

I take the responsibility. Listen <It was my child who broke your window. I take the responsibility.>

I take full responsibility. Listen <My actions caused that accident. I take full responsibility.>

I am fully responsible. Listen <The right front tire blew up, and I lost control of my car. I am fully responsible for what happened afterwards.>

I did it. Listen <Do you remember when we were kids somebody broke a rosebush in front of our school, and then you found a rose bouquet on your doorsteps? Hardly. Why? I did it.>

Im the one youre looking for. Listen <Hey, guys. Somebody brought a box of mineral water instead of beer. We dont have a drop of beer in the entire camp anymore. Im the one youre looking for.>

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