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


12.38   When you are surprised with something


Who would have thought!   Listen   AI couldn’t have imagined it would happen!”   (used with would or could)   <“So, the long-bearded man was the one who did it? Who would have thought!”>

I never would have guessed.   Listen   AI never would have thought it to be so.”   <“So, all that time she wanted to marry her gardener? I never would have guessed.”>

Never in a million years could I have imagined that.   Listen   <“Alice joined the Red Cross and went to the disaster area.” – “Never in a million years could I have imagined that.”>

I was caught unaware.   Listen   <“His move was unexpected. I was caught unaware.”>

I had no idea.   Listen   <“Did he want this job? I had no idea.”>

It appeared out of nowhere.   Listen   AIt came unexpectedly with no warning.”   <“I’ve got a new problem. It appeared out of nowhere. There was no way I could possibly foresee it.”>

It came from nowhere.   Listen   <“A new trouble smashed me. It came from nowhere.”>

It came from out of the blue.   Listen   <“I didn’t see the car that caused the accident. It came from out of the blue.”>

It was completely out of the blue.   Listen   <“Nobody expected the market to drop so low in one day. It was completely out of the blue.”>

It was a bolt from the blue.   Listen   <“My uncle sold his century-old business. It was a bolt from the blue.”>

It dropped like a bomb.   Listen   <“The Countess eloped with her gardener. The news shocked the noble family. It dropped like a bomb.”>

It was the shock of my life.   Listen   <“The murderer was set free after serving only a few years in prison. They said there was some clerical error on his file. It was the shock of my life.”>

It was the last thing I expected.   Listen   <“I thought he would ask me out for dinner or something. He invited me to a zoo. It was the last thing I expected.>

It threw me for a loop.   Listen   AMy mind started making circles. It confused and shocked me.”   <“When I learned that my own child had stolen money, it threw me for a loop.”>

You took me by surprise.   Listen   AI didn’t expect your action.”   <“Oh, you took me by surprise. I didn’t hear you entering the room.”>

Just like that.   Listen   AWithout a warning.”   <“And then she slapped me in the face. Just like that!”>

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12.39   When you are somewhat disappointed with a failure


You can’t win them all.   Listen   AIt is impossible to win every time, but an occasional loss doesn’t discourage me.”   (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)   <“Unfortunately, I couldn’t win this contract. Oh, well. You can’t win them all. It’s not the end of the world, though.”>

You win some, you lose some.   Listen   ASometimes you win, sometimes you fail.”   (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)   <“I’m sorry to hear that you lost your case in court.” – “You win some, you lose some. That’s the way it goes.”>

Win a few, lose a few.   Listen   <“Today the stock market lost yesterday’s gains.” – “That’s the way the cookie crumbles. Win a few, lose a few.”>

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12.40   When an event you expected is happening


I expected it.   Listen   A “I thought it would be this way.”   <“It’s raining, isn’t it? I expected it.”>

It’s just as I expected.   Listen   <“The market is falling now. It’s just as I expected.”>

I knew it was coming.   Listen   A “I knew it was on its way.”   <“A new disaster? I knew it was coming.”>

I knew it would happen.   Listen   <“The war has finally broke out. I knew it would happen.”>

I’m not surprised.   Listen   AWhat is happening is not surprising to me.”   <“Well, we lost the game. I’m not surprised. I knew we weren’t prepared.”>

It came as no surprise.   Listen   <“My rose bush died. It came as no surprise. The gardener overwatered it.”>

It’s no surprise to me.   Listen   <“So, this politician is lying through his teeth? It’s no surprise to me.”>

No wonder it’s happening.   Listen   AIt’s not surprising that it’s happening.”   <“Gold is growing in price again. No wonder it’s happening. People don’t trust paper currency.”>

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12.41   When you expect something to happen


I have a good feeling about it.   Listen   A “I have a premonition that something good should happen.”   <“Our team is going to win the championship. I have a good feeling about it.”>

I get the feeling something’s going to happen.   Listen   A “I have a premonition that something should happen.”   <“It’s been suspiciously quiet recently. I get the feeling something’s going to happen.”>

I have a feeling.   Listen   A “I have a feeling that something should happen although I don’t have proof.”   <“Something awful is going to happen. I have a feeling.”>

I just have this feeling.   Listen   <“He isn’t going to stay with us for a long time. I just have this feeling.”>

I can feel it in my bones.   Listen   <“Something is going wrong. I can feel it in my bones.”>

I have a hunch.   Listen   A “I have a feeling that something should happen.”   <“When we arrive, they will be waiting for us at the airport. I have a hunch.”>

I just know.   Listen   <“This is going to happen. How do I know it? I just know.”>

I can sense it.   Listen   <“She is not telling us the entire truth. I can sense it.”>

My sixth sense tells me.   Listen   <“This time we will be successful. My sixth sense tells me.”>

My gut feeling tells me.   Listen   <“They’re going to deceive us. My gut feeling tells me.”>

I feel it in the air.   Listen   <“We’re going to win this game. I feel it in the air.”>

You just watch.   Listen   A “I made a prediction, so you just pay attention to what is happening.”   <“Our team has started losing. It’s about time to put Mike Smith in the game. The coach will give him a command. You just watch.”>

You just wait and see.   Listen   <“We’ll get out of this unfortunate situation. You just wait and see.”>

Something’s got to give.   Listen   A “The situation is tense and can explode any minute.”   <“Things are getting complicated in our company. The board and the president are in conflict. Something’s got to give.”>

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12.42   When you hope something positive will happen


I hope so.   Listen   A “I hope it is so. I hope it is going to be so.”   <“It looks like the worst is over.” – “I hope so.”>

I’m waiting with bated breath.   Listen   <“I’m going to win this contest.” – “I’m waiting with bated breath.”>

I’m crossing my fingers.   Listen   <“My new play should be successful.” – “I’m crossing my fingers.”>

My fingers are crossed.   Listen   <“The sportsman attempted to lift this heavy weight twice. This time he has got to do it.” – “My fingers are crossed.”>

God willing.   Listen   A “If God is willing it to happen, it will happen.”   <“Are we going to be at the airport on time?” – “Yes, God willing.”>

We haven’t seen anything yet.   Listen   A “The main part has not taken place yet.”   <“I liked the first act of the show very much.” – “I guess, it was just an introduction. This performance should be wonderful. We haven’t seen anything yet.”>

The best is yet to come.   Listen   A “The best part is still ahead.”   <“You’re young. Your life has just begun. The best is yet to come.”>

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12.43   When you believe an event is foretelling the future


It’s a sign of things to come.   Listen   <“We see more storms and earthquakes. It’s a sign of things to come.”>

It’s a harbinger of things to come.   Listen   <“The hurricane season has gotten longer. It’s a harbinger of things to come.”>

It’s a sign.   Listen   <“The President isn’t touching this topic in his speeches any more. It’s a sign. Domestic policies may change.”>

It’s a good sign.   Listen   <“Unemployment is going down. It’s a good sign. Hopefully, we are getting out of the recession.”>

It’s an omen.   Listen   <“Our team has lost the last game. It’s an omen. The coach will make some changes.”>

It’s a good omen.   Listen   <“Productivity is growing. It’s a good omen. Finally, economy is recovering.”>

The handwriting is on the wall.   Listen   A “There is a visible sign.”   <“Our company is going to go out of business. The handwriting is on the wall.”>

A storm is brewing.   Listen   A “There is a sign of something bad.”   <“The two countries are accusing each other in a breach of the peace treaty. A storm is brewing.”>

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12.44   When you are concerned about the future


For better or for worse.   Listen   A “The outcome of this situation might be either positive or negative, but it doesn’t look too good.   <“The country has a new president, for better or for worse.”>

What’s going to happen to me?   Listen   <“I don’t have a permanent job. Nor do I have a steady income. What’s going to happen to me?” – “What do you think? Guess!”>

What about me?   Listen   A “What will happen to me? What is the plan with regards to me?”   <“Sergeant McArthur! Sir! Private Smith was sent to the canteen. Private Brown was sent to the commissary. What about me, sir?” – “You, Private Johnson, will stay at this battle station and defend it.”>

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12.45   When an event that might happen is undesirable


I hope not.   Listen   A “I hope the unfavorable event we are discussing won’t happen.”   <“I am sneezing”. – “Are you getting sick?” – “I hope not. But I feel sort of under the weather.”>

Bite your tongue!   Listen   A “The unfavorable event we are discussing can happen, so you better stop talking about it.”   <“We can be late for our flight.” – “Bite your tongue! We still have time.”>

God forbid.   Listen   A “The unfavorable event we are discussing can happen, so God better prevent it.”   <“It looks like the stock market is going down again.” – “God forbid! Many stockholders can be hurt.”>

Not again!   Listen   A “I don’t want the same unfavorable event to happen again.”   <“I can hear that our neighbors are quarreling.” – “Not again! They have little children.”>

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12.46   When you retreated in a cowardly manner


I ran away with my tail between my legs.   Listen   A “I ran away like a frightened dog.”   <“Then I saw a gang of teenagers. I ran away with my tail between my legs.”>

I gave up too easily.   Listen   A “I gave up without a fight.”   <“I asked the girl out, and she refused. I was afraid to ask her again. I gave up too easily.”>

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12.47   When you request compassion


Have a heart!   Listen   A “Please have compassion!”   <“Why are you punishing me? I didn’t do anything wrong. Have a heart!”>

Have pity on me!   Listen   <“Please! Have pity on me! Let me go!”>

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