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12                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                           Stress, Anxiety, Excitement p.8

 

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* 12 Stress, Anxiety, Excitement (p.8 of 9)

 

12.31   When you blame an unfavorable situation on fate

 

It’s fate.   Listen   AYou’ve got to accept things as they are.”   <“My grandmother died on the day when the war was over.” – “It’s fate.”>

It’s your fate.   Listen   <“I’ve never thought that I would move to another country.” – “It’s your fate.”>

It was fated to happen.   Listen   <“The housing market rose and then crashed in the matter of just few years.” – “It was fated to happen. Something like that had happened before.”>

It was destiny.   Listen   <“Last month, somebody stole my motorcycle from the garage.” – “It was destiny. Your garage is easy to get into.”>

It was destined to happen.   Listen   <“Our team lost the game.” – “It was destined to happen. They didn’t practice hard.”>

It was meant to be.   Listen   <“The local bridge fell in the river. A few people got injured.” – “It was meant to be. The bridge was old.”>

It’s the cruel hand of fate.   Listen   <“My parents got divorced after many years of living together.” – “It’s the cruel hand of fate. Some people don’t get along as they grow old.”>

It’s God’s will.   Listen   <“My grandfather died at the age of 99. He was a few months short of 100.” – “It’s God’s will.”>

It’s all in God’s hands.   Listen   <“Nights are unusually cold this week. I’m afraid my chrysanthemums will die.” – “It’s all in God’s hands.”>

It’s in the cards.   Listen   <“Everyone gets fired at least once in the lifetime. It’s in the cards.”>

It’s in the stars.   Listen   <“One can’t be successful all the time. What goes up must come down. It’s in the stars.”>

It’s karma.   Listen   <“The current recession will last for a few years more.” – “How can you be so sure?” – “It’s karma.”>

That’s how it goes.   Listen   AThat’s fate. That’s how it is.”   <“Some people lose, some people win. That’s how it goes.”>

That’s the way it goes.   Listen   <“Many investors lose their money at the stock market.” – “That’s the way it goes.”>

That’s the way the ball bounces.   Listen   <“My uncle lost his fortune during the Great Depression.” – “That’s the way the ball bounces.”>

That’s the way the cookie crumbles.   Listen   <“Even invincible ships sink sometimes.” – “That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”>

That’s life.   Listen   AThat’s how it is in life.”   <“A new generation is replacing an old one.” – “That’s life.”>

That’s just how life is.   Listen   <“I’m disappointed with your negative response, but that’s just how life is.”>

Things happen for reasons we don’t understand.   Listen   AWe cannot always explain why certain things happen.”   <“Why me? Why am I punished?” – “Things happen for reasons we don’t understand.”>

Whatever will be, will be.   Listen   AEvents that are supposed to happen will inevitably take place.”   <“You don’t need to worry about the future too much. Whatever will be, will be.”>

Who am I to question?   Listen   AI am not a right person to ask why the things are the way they are.”   <“I’ve been very sick for a long time. C’est la vie. Who am I to question?”>

You can’t fight it.   Listen   <“There is a housing crisis going on. Your home is depreciating, too. You can’t fight it.”>

Don’t fight it.   Listen   <“You can’t change anything in your situation. Don’t fight it.”>

Accept your fate.   Listen   ASubmit to what is unavoidable.”   <“One of my grandfathers died when he was 46. The other grandfather died at the age of 52. Maybe I will die young, too.” – “Accept your fate. Don’t think about such things.”>

Don’t ask why, just accept it.   Listen   <“I’m very sorry for your loss. Don’t ask why, just accept it.”>

Bite the bullet.   Listen   A “Accept an unpleasant thing and try to live with it.”   <“If you want to keep this job, you’ve got to make friends with the people at the office. Bite the bullet.”>

Roll with the punches.   Listen   AMove in the direction life pushes you.”   <“I have so many problems at work…” – “Roll with the punches. It will be over sooner than you think.”>

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12.32   When you don’t want to talk about an unpleasant subject

 

Never mind.   Listen   A “Forget it. Don’t worry about it.”   <“Damn it!” – “Did you say something?” – “No, never mind.”>

Skip it.   Listen   A “Forget it. Never mind.”   <“I might need your help tomorrow.” – “What did you say?” – “Oh, skip it. It’s not important.”>

Don’t ask.   Listen   A “You better don’t ask because you are not going to like the answer.”   <“So, how did your date go?” – “Oh, good heavens! Don’t ask.”>

You’ll be sorry you asked.   Listen   A “I won’t answer your question because you are not going to like my response.”   <“How did you eventually get rid of the teenagers who chased you?” – “You’ll be sorry you asked.”>

You don’t want to know it.   Listen   <“How much did you pay for your new bicycle?” – “You don’t want to know it.”>

Drop the subject.   Listen   A “Stop talking about it.”   <“So, how is your family life?” – “Drop the subject. I don’t want to discuss it.”>

I’m just thinking out loud.   Listen   A “I’ve said something, but I don’t want to continue.”   <“What do you want to say by that? Are you scolding me?” – “Oh, no. I’m just thinking out loud.”>

Forget it.   Listen   A “Don’t ever bring up this subject.”   <“Are you still seeing James?” – “Forget it. We broke up.” – “I’m sorry I asked.”>

Next question.   Listen   A “I don’t want to discuss it further, so let us move on to a next question.”   <“So, are you going to Mexico this summer?” – “I don’t know if I have a vacation this summer, yet. Next question.”>

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12.33   When you are outraged with a situation

 

This is outrageous!   Listen   <“Look at these prices. This is outrageous!”>

This is ridiculous!   Listen   <“You call it justice? This is ridiculous!”>

This is unreal!   Listen   A “No, it’s not happening!”   <“Look what’s happening in the labor market. This is unreal! Why isn’t the government doing anything about it?”>

Unbelievable!   Listen   <“They cancelled our flight for the second time. Unbelievable!”>

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12.34   When you like a situation

 

Very good!   Listen   <“Mother, I bought all the ingredients you had ordered.” – “Very good! I’ll cook an apple pie tonight.”>

Perfect!   Listen   <“All the members of the board are present. We can start our meeting.” – “Perfect! Let’s begin.”>

Excellent!   Listen   <“Our team has won again!” – “Excellent!” Now, we are one step closer to the finals.”>

Brilliant!   Listen   <“Our technicians found a solution to the problem.” – “Brilliant! Let’s move on with our project.”>

Great!   Listen   <“I got the tickets for tonight.” – “Great! I’ve always wanted to hear this singer.”>

Flawless!   Listen   <“Our partners have finished their job. Now, we are on our way to success.” – “Flawless!”>

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12.35   When a situation is favorable to a person

 

Good for you!   Listen   A “This situation is good for you.”   <“I just got promoted!” – “Good for you! You deserve it.”>

Lucky you!   Listen   <“Lucky you! All your dreams have eventually come true.”>

Lucky for you.   Listen   <“Lucky for you, I have Bill’s phone number. Call him now if you want.”>

You’ve got lucky.   Listen   <“I’m sorry I’m late for the meeting.” – “You’ve got lucky. The boss is late too, so we haven’t started yet.”>

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12.36   When a situation appears suspiciously good

 

It’s too good to be true.   Listen   A “This situation is suspiciously good and therefore not likely to be true.”   <“Your information arouses suspicion. It’s too good to be true.”>

What’s the catch?   Listen   A “This situation is suspiciously good, so it may contain a hidden drawback.”   <“Okay, you may have this money.” – “What’s the catch?” – “There is no catch. This money is a loan, not a gift.”>

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12.37   When you regret about something after the fact

 

It’s easy to be wise after the event.   Listen   <“Now I know I shouldn’t have done that.” – “Well, it’s easy to be wise after the event.”>

I should have known.   Listen   A “I should have known what would happen. I should have predicted consequences.”   <“Things aren’t going the way I expected. I should have known.”>

I should have known better.   Listen   <“You are suffering because of my unwise actions. I’m sorry. I should have known better.”>

If I had only known then what I know now.   Listen   A “If I had only known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have done that.”   <“To buy that stock a year ago was a mistake. If I had only known then what I know now…>

If I knew then what I know now.   Listen   <“I lost a lot of money on that unfortunate investment. If I knew then what I know now…”>

If I could only turn back the clock.   Listen   <“If I hadn’t driven my car in the storm, I wouldn’t have gotten into an accident. If I could only turn back the clock.”>

There you are.   Listen   A “You are brought to this result by your own actions or by uncontrollable circumstances.”   (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)   <“I was not supposed to do that. It cost me dearly. You see, you make one mistake, and there you are.”>

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