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* 17 Particular Conversational Matters (p.1 of 9)

 

17.1   When you ask for advice or opinion

 

What do you think?   Listen   A “What is your recommendation? What is your opinion?”   <“I would like to have a short vacation. What do you think?” – “Sounds good to me. How about going to Mexico for a couple of weeks?”>

What do you think about that?   Listen   <“I want to start my own business. What do you think about that?” – “That’s great. Have you spoken with a bank about lending you start-up capital?”>

What do you think I should do?   Listen   <“I had a small traffic accident. What do you think I should do?” – “I think you should file a report with the police.”>

What do you suggest?   Listen   <“You know how complicated my situation is. What do you suggest?” – “Don't worry, you’ll sort it all out.”>

What would you do in this situation?   Listen   <“My wife and my sister don't get along. What would you do in this situation?” – “If I were you, I would try to keep them apart.”>

How do I go about it?   Listen   <“I have problems at work. How do I go about it?” – “First, try to talk with your manager.”>

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17.2   When you give advice

 

I think you should get a better job.   Listen   A “I recommend you to do it.”   <“I don't like the way my manager treats me. And I don’t like the wages the company is paying.” – “I think you should get a better job.”>

Maybe you should move to a place closer to your work.   Listen   <“I spend much time driving to work.” – “Maybe you should move to a place closer to your work.”>

Why don't you call the police?   Listen   <“My neighbor is a drunk. He abuses me.” – “Why don't you call the police?”>

If I were you, I would buy a new car.   Listen   <“My old car needs repair.” – “You repair your old car too often. If I were you, I would buy a new car.”>

I wouldn’t do it if I were you.   Listen   A “I don’t recommend you to do it.”   <“I’m going to invest more money in this company.” – “I wouldn’t do it if I were you. They aren’t doing great anymore.”>

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17.3   When you make a suggestion

 

I think you should call your sister.   Listen   <“I think you should call your sister. You haven't spoken with her for a long time.” – “You're right. Also, I want to ask her about something.”>

I don't think you should sell your boat.   Listen   <“I don't think you should sell your boat.” – “Thanks for the suggestion, but I need money now.”>

Why don't you buy a new car?   Listen   <“Why don't you buy a new car?” – “Thanks, but my old one still runs.”>

Why don't we go hiking this weekend?   Listen   <“Why don't we go hiking this weekend?” – “It sounds like a good idea. Where do you want to go?”>

Let's go out tonight.   Listen   <“Let's go out tonight. I know a nice Italian restaurant not far from here.” – “Sorry, I can't. I have much work to do.”>

We may as well go to the movies.   Listen   A “There is no reason we shouldn’t do that.”   <“We can go for a walk. We may as well go to the movies. What’s playing at the Los Angeles Playhouse?”>

You might as well watch television.   Listen   <“Since you’ve got nothing else to do, you might as well watch television.”>

It wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion.   Listen   A “It would be to your advantage to do it although the result is uncertain.”   <“Your lawyer gave you a piece of advice. But before you act, it wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion.”>

It doesn’t hurt to ask.   Listen   <“My mother won’t buy me a new bicycle.” – “You can try to talk with her anyway. It doesn’t hurt to ask.”>

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17.4   When you make a supposition

 

Suppose there was no rain now.   Listen   A “Let us assume it did not rain now.”   <“Suppose there was no rain now. What would you do?” – “I would go to the beach.”>

Supposing she is right.   Listen   A “Assuming that she is right.”   <“Supposing she is right, what does it mean for us?” – “That means we are wrong. But I don’t want to make such a bold assumption.”>

I suppose she is telling me the truth.   Listen   A “I believe it to be likely even though I don’t have proof.”   <“I suppose she is telling me the truth.” – “She might if it is in her interests, but you can never be sure.”>

I guess it’s going to rain.   Listen   A “I assume it is probable even though I’m not certain.”   <“I guess it’s going to rain. What do you think?” – “I’m not sure. Weather forecasts aren’t reliable these days.”>

I suspect he is right.   Listen   <“I suspect he is right.” – “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe so, maybe not.”>

I believe she is innocent.   Listen   <“I believe she is innocent. I just have this feeling.” – “How do you know? You don’t have any evidence.”>

I bet it’s still raining.   Listen   A “I can bet this is true. I am sure that....”   <“I bet it’s still raining. I can hear raindrops”. – “Yes, it’s still raining. As a matter of fact, it’s pouring!”>

I wonder if it is still snowing.   Listen   A “I have an unproved assumption...”   <“I wonder if it is still snowing. Can you please look out the window?” – “Yes, it is snowing.”>

Perhaps it will be sunny tomorrow.   Listen   A “It is possible that....”   <“It has been raining cats and dogs all week. Perhaps it’ll be sunny tomorrow.”>

Maybe we’ll see a clear sky some day.   Listen   A “It is of uncertain likelihood that...”   <“The weather was really bad recently. Maybe we’ll see a clear sky someday”>

Possibly the wind will abate tonight.   Listen   <“Possibly the wind will abate tonight. I know it’s very strong at the moment, but the radio is forecasting good weather.”>

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17.5   When you give an opinion

 

I think we need a vacation.   Listen   <“We haven’t had a vacation for three years. What do you think?” – “I think we need a vacation.”>

I don't think you need a new car.   Listen   <“My car is five years old. Do you think we can afford a new one?” – “I don't think you need a new car.”>

 

I believe markets should be regulated.   Listen   <“There is a recession going on. Everybody is waiting for recovery. What are your ideas about it?” – “I believe markets should be regulated.”>

I don't believe there is a connection between climate change and human activity.   Listen   <“What do you think about the origin of global warming?” – “I don't believe there is a connection between climate change and human activity.”>

 

I feel that's the right thing to do.   Listen   <“They are going to prohibit smoking in all public places. Do you have any thoughts on that?” – “I feel that's the right thing to do. But the government will collect less in taxes.”>

I don't feel that it's such a good idea.   Listen   “They are going to increase the speed limit on major freeways. How do you feel about it?” – “I don't feel that it's such a good idea.”

 

In my opinion, Tom Sawyer is the best book ever written.   Listen   <“What is your favorite book?” – “In my opinion, Tom Sawyer is the best book ever written.”>

In my humble opinion, we need to continue what we have started.   Listen   <“Our project is in trouble.” – “In my humble opinion, we need to complete what we’ve begun.”>

In my view, it was a mistake.   Listen   <“I dropped out of college when I was twenty.” – “In my view, it was a mistake.”>

From my point of view, it’s a bad deal.   Listen   <“I bought a sports car.” – “From my point of view, it’s a bad deal. You need a van.”>

From my perspective, it’s a good movie.   Listen   <“This movie received warm responses. What do you think about it?” – “From my perspective, it’s a good movie.”>

As I see it, it’s not a serious problem.   Listen   <“You know, the population of the planet is about to stop growing.” – “As I see it, it’s not a serious problem.”>

The way I see it, it’s not going to work.   Listen   <“I heard that your sister had returned to her ex-boyfriend.” – “Unfortunately she did. The way I see it, it’s not going to work.”>

 

It seems to me that you’ve lost some weight.   Listen   < – “Oh, really? I’m glad to hear that.”>

It seems like nobody cares about anything.   Listen   < – “That’s not right. There are responsible people everywhere.”>

It appears to me that you are the only person who is concerned.   Listen   < – “No, that’s not true. There are many worried and caring people.”>

It appears like nobody is doing anything about this problem.   Listen   < – “That’s not entirely correct. The government has allocated significant money to tackle this problem.”>

It looks like we aren’t making any progress.   Listen   < – “Then we’ve got to work harder to achieve our goals.”>

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