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15                                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Visiting p.3

 

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* 15 Visiting (p.3 of 6)

 

15.11   When you are surprised to meet a person at a public gathering

 

What a delightful surprise!   Listen   <“What a delightful surprise! I didn’t know you are friends with the Johnsons.”>

What a nice surprise!   Listen   <“Hi, Ben! What a nice surprise!” – “Likewise.” >

What a surprise to meet you here!   Listen   <“What a surprise to meet you here! Didn’t you move out of town a while ago?”>

I never thought I'd see you here!   Listen   AI didn’t expect that I would meet with you here. What a surprise.”   <“Is this you, Bob?” – “Mary? I never thought I would see you here.”>

What brings you here?   Listen   AWhat is the reason for your being here?”   < – “I received an invitation from the hostess, probably like you did.”>

What brings you to this neck of the woods?   Listen   < – “I visit my good friend Cindy once in a while.”>

What are you doing in this part of town?   Listen   < – “Just visiting friends.”>

What are you doing here?   Listen   < – “I’m here on business and for pleasure.”>

To what do I owe the pleasure of this unexpected visit?   Listen   < – “Grandpa, I thought you would like to see your granddaughter.”>

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15.12   When you invite a visitor to come in

 

Welcome.   Listen   AYou are cordially invited to enter.”   <“I’m glad to see you. Welcome. Make yourself at home.”>

Won’t you come in?   Listen   AWhy don’t you enter?”   <“I hope I’m not intruding.” – “Not at all. Won’t you come in?”>

Come on in.   Listen   APlease enter my house.”   <I knocked at the door and saw Jane. She said, “Hello, Mark. Come on in.”>

Come right in.   Listen   <The host ushered me in saying, “Come right in.”>

Please come in.   Listen   <“I hope I’m not too early.” – “Not at all. Please come in.”>

Come in and sit down.   Listen   ACome in, have a seat, and make yourself comfortable.”   < – “Thanks. Oh, it’s nice and warm in here.”>

Come in and make yourself at home.   Listen   < – “Thank you. Can I sit by the fireplace?”>

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15.13   When you want a person to leave

 

You are not welcome here.   Listen   <“Please leave. You are not welcome here.”>

You are not invited.   Listen   <“I don’t consider you a friend. You are not invited.”>

Who invited you?   Listen   <“Sir! Who invited you? This party is by invitation only.”>

We don't want your kind around here.   Listen   <“This is a traditional gentlemen’s club. Our members are honest, respected people. You have a reputation for cheating. We don’t want your kind around here.”>

What do you think you are doing here?   Listen   A “Why are you here?”   <Cindy saw a lizard trapped in an empty cage and said, “What do you think you’re doing here?” >

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15.14   When you don't want a person to enter

 

These premises are for the use of members and guests only.   Listen   <The manager instructed the personnel, “These premises are for the use of members and guests only.”>

No admittance without proper identification.   Listen   <There is a sign on the gate of the building ‘No admittance without proper identification’.>

No admittance.   Listen   ADo not enter.”   <There is a sign on the fence ‘No admittance’.>

No trespassing.   Listen   ADo not illegally cross the boundaries of this property.”   <There is a sign on the fence ‘No trespassing’. >

Members only.   Listen   AAdmittance is only permitted to the members of our club.”   <There is a sign on the door of the club ‘Members only’.>

Employees only.   Listen   <There is a sign on the door of the warehouse ‘Employees only’. >

Keep out.   Listen   ARemain outside.”   <There is a big sign on the fence of a military base ‘Keep Out’.>

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15.15   When you want to help a visitor with clothes

 

Can I take your coat and hat?   Listen   < – “Yes, please. Put my umbrella somewhere to dry.”>

Can I help you off with your things?   Listen   < – “Yes, thank you. It’s damp and windy outside. My things are wet.”>

Let me help you off with your things.   Listen   < – “Please be careful. My coat and hat can be wet.”>

Would you like to take off your coat?   Listen   < – “Let me hang it on this clothes rack.”>

Here, let me take your coat.   Listen   < – “Take my hat, too. Thank you.”>

Why don't you take off your coat and make yourself comfortable?   Listen   < – “I’ll do that with pleasure.”>

Put your things somewhere and sit down.   Listen   <“OK, let me sit by the fireplace.”>

Just drop your coat anywhere.   Listen   < – “Let me put it on this chair.”>

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15.16   When you want a guest to feel comfortable

 

Please make yourself comfortable.   Listen   <“I hope I’m not too early.” – “Not at all. Come in. Please make yourself comfortable.”>

Make yourself at home.   Listen   AFeel here as if you are at home.”   <He ushered me in and said, “Make yourself at home.”>

My house is your house.   Listen   <“Thank you for inviting me. It’s nice to be here.” – “My house is your house. Can I get you something?”>

If there’s anything you need, don't hesitate to ask.   Listen   <“Make yourself at home. If there’s anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask.”>

If there's anything I can do for you, just ask.   Listen   <“Your house is lovely.” – “I’m glad you like it. If there’s anything I can do for you, just ask.”>

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