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* 17 Particular Conversational Matters (p.4 of 9)

 

17.22   When you encourage a person to be careful

 

Be careful!   Listen   A “Be watchful and prudent.”   <“I am going to Antarctica.” – “Good heavens! Be careful!”>

Beware!   Listen   <“There is a dog in the backyard. Beware!”>

Caution!   Listen   <“Two lanes are merging ahead. Caution! Our lane is about to end. Slow down.”>

Watch out!   Listen   <“Watch out! There is a pedestrian on the sidewalk.”>

Watch it!   Listen   <“Watch it! There is a bicyclist on the road.”>

Look out!   Listen   <“Look out! This tree is about to fall.”>

Look sharp!   Listen   <“Look sharp! There are potholes on the road.”>

Be prepared!   Listen   <“The car in front of us is going to turn to the right. He is slowing down. Be prepared!”>

Safety first.   Listen   <“Buckle up before you drive. Safety first.”>

Watch your step!   Listen   <“Watch your step! The road is slippery.”>

Proceed with caution.   Listen   <“There is a road block ahead. Drive slowly. Proceed with caution.”>

Drive safely.   Listen   ABe careful while driving.”   <“Good-bye, George.” – “Take care, Bill. It’s dark outdoors. Drive safely.”>

Look both ways before you cross the street.   Listen   <“There are many cars on the road today. Be very attentive. Look both ways before you cross the street.”>

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17.23   When you warn a person about danger

 

Behind you!   Listen   A “Look at the danger behind you!”   <As the car approached and nearly knocked Jim over, Jack shouted, “Behind you!”>

To your right!   Listen   A “Look at the danger to your right!”   <A skateboarder appeared from nowhere. To warn Cindy of the approaching danger, Bob told her, “To your right!”>

On your left!   Listen   A “Danger is on your left!”   <A bicyclist approached me from behind. He saw that I couldn’t see him, so he alerted me, “On your left!” I took to my right to avoid collision.>

Heads up!   Listen   A “Raise your head up to see the danger!”   <“The foreman saw a moving crane over the construction site and shouted to the workers, “Heads up!”>

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17.24   When you instruct a person to handle a situation with care

 

Play it safe.   Listen   A “Handle it with great care.”   <“This business meeting is very important for us. Play it safe.”>

Play it cool.   Listen   <“Your opponent may be bluffing. Don’t lose your temper. Play it cool.”>

Look before you leap.   Listen   A “Make sure that you achieve your goal before you make a move.”   <“Think twice before you say something at the business meeting. You’re playing with fire. Look before you leap.”>

Leave nothing to chance.   Listen   <“You’ve got to win this contract. Prepare a really good presentation. Leave nothing to chance.”>

Stop, look, and listen.   Listen   <“These trade talks are important for us. You don’t need to open your cards too soon. Stop, look, and Listen.”>

Slow down.   Listen   <“You want to achieve too much too soon. Slow down.”>

Take your time.   Listen   A “Don’t be too impatient. Use the time you have wisely.”   <“You still have a couple of weeks before you meet with the prospective investors. Put together a very good proposal. Take your time.”>

You’re not out of the woods yet.   Listen   A “The worst of your trouble is not over yet.”   <“The boss is still angry with you for your blunder. Don’t argue with him. You’re not out of the woods yet.”>

You’re skating on thin ice.   Listen   A “You are at risk.”   <“Are you going to submit the same recommendation to the director? He turned it down once, don’t you remember? You are skating on thin ice.”>

Make no mistake about it.   Listen   A “Do not be mistaken about this dangerous situation.”   <“Our business partners won’t like your proposal. Make no mistake about it. We know too well what we can expect from them.”>

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17.25   When you instruct a person to take evasive action

 

Get down!   Listen   A “Take the lowest position possible!”   <“This thing is going to explode! Get down!”>

Duck!   Listen   A “Bend the head and/or the body to avoid a blow!”   <“He’s going to hit you! Duck!”>

Hit the pavement!   Listen   A “Fall on the floor!”   <“There is a shooter on the roof! Hit the pavement.”>

Hit the deck!   Listen   <“He’s got a gun! Hit the deck!”>

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17.26   When you request passage through a crowd

 

Can I get by?   Listen   ADo you mind if I pass by?”   (used with can or may or could)   <When the elevator stopped, Bob said to the man in front of him, “This is my floor. Can I get by, please?”>

Coming through!   Listen   A “I am coming through, so let me pass, please.”   <The bus stopped and Jim told the passengers who blocked the door, “Coming through! I’ve got to get off”.>

Step aside.   Listen   A “Move out of the way.”   <“Step aside. Let me through, please.”>

Make way!   Listen   A “I need room for passing, so please get out of the way.”   <“Make way! I’m carrying a heavy load.”>

Clear the way!   Listen   A “I am coming through, so please get out of the way.”   <Bob and Tom shouted “Clear the way!” as they were pulling a large box up the stairway.>

Gangway!   Listen   AI need clear passage.”   <“Gangway!” shouted the captain making his way through the crowd of passengers.>

Out of my way!   Listen   <“Out of my way!” cried the officer making his way through the crowd of soldiers.>

Get out of the way!   Listen   <“Get out of the way!” yelled the cop to the pedestrians as he chased the criminal in the street.>

Keep out of my way!   Listen   <“Keep out of my way!” shouted the furniture mover.>

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17.27   When you promise to attend to a person soon

 

I'll be there in a minute.   Listen   AI’m coming to you, please be patient.”   <“Come here!” – “I’ll be there in a minute. I need to complete my little job.”>

I'll be there in just a moment.   Listen   <“Can you come down here?” – “I’ll be there in just a moment.”>

I'll be right there.   Listen   <“I need your help.” – “I’ll be right there.”>

I'll be with you in a moment.   Listen   <“Can you take a look at this document?” – “I’ll be with you in a moment.”>

I'll be right with you.   Listen   <“Can you come here for a minute?” – “I’ll be right with you.”>

Somebody will be with you in a minute.   Listen   <“Miss! We are ready to order our food.” – “Somebody will be with you in a minute.”>

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