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17                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                           Particular Conversational Matters p.5

 

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* 17 Particular Conversational Matters (p.5 of 9)

 

17.28   When you offer a person to enter in front of you

 

You first.   Listen   A “You go first and I will follow you.”   <At the doorway the son told his father, “You first”.>

After you.   Listen   <Jim opened the door for Bill and said, "After you".>

Ladies first.   Listen   <“Let’s swim“, suggested Jane. “Ladies first”, said Bob and made a gesture indicating that Jane should get in the water first.>

Be my guest.   Listen   A “You go first as guests do.”   <Tom said, “Here’s the entrance. Be my guest.”>

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17.29   When you wish a person well (on various occasions)

 

Best wishes!   Listen   <I received a birthday present and postcard from my sister. She wrote, “Best wishes!”>

All the best!   Listen   A “I wish you all the best!”   <When my business partner learned about my promotion, he dropped me a line, “Congratulation! All the best!”>

Good luck!   Listen   <“This contest is tough. Good luck!”>

Congratulations!   Listen   <“Dear son, I’m glad you graduated from college. Congratulations!”>

Have a good time!   Listen   A “Have an enjoyable time!”   <“I’m off to a party.” – “Have a good time!”>

Have fun!   Listen   A “Have a merry and amusing time!”   <“I’m leaving to the zoo with a group of my classmates.” – “Have fun!”>

Have a ball!   Listen   A “Have a good time!”   <“I’m going to a school reunion.” – “Have a ball!”>

Enjoy yourself!   Listen   <“Tonight, I’m going to a bar with my friends.” – “Enjoy yourself. Don’t drink too much, though.”>

Happy birthday!   Listen   <When I entered the dark room, the guests turned the light on and shouted, “Happy birthday!” >

Many happy returns!   Listen   A “Let there be many happy returns of this day!”   <“Congratulations on your birthday. Many happy returns!”>

…and many, many more.   Listen   A “…and many more good wishes to you.”   <After wishing happy birthday to my sister, the guests said “…and many, many more.”>

Happy anniversary!   Listen   <The guests congratulated my father, “Happy anniversary!”>

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17.30   When you return somebody's good wishes or polite words

 

Same to you.   Listen   A “I wish you what you are wishing me.”   <“Good luck.” – “Same to you.”>

Likewise.   Listen   A “The same from me to you.”   <“Best wishes to you!” – “Likewise.”>

You too.   Listen   <“Have a nice day!” – “You too.”>

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17.31   When you promise a person to wait

 

I'll wait for you.   Listen   <“Don’t be too late. I’ll wait for you.”>

I'll be waiting for you.   Listen   <“After the reception return home at once. I’ll be waiting for you.”>

I'll stay up for you.   Listen   <“Don’t get drunk. On the way back, take a taxi. I’ll stay up for you.”>

I'll sit up and wait.   Listen   <“I can’t go to bed until you come back home. I’ll sit up and wait.”>

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17.32   When you ask somebody to leave things as they are

 

Leave it alone.   Listen   A “Don’t touch it.”   <”You don’t need to wash the car today. Leave it alone. You have more important things to do.”>

Don’t bother.   Listen   A “Since it is too much trouble, don’t do it.”   <“Should I unload the truck today?” – “No, don’t bother. You can do it tomorrow.”>

Don’t bother about it.   Listen   A “You don’t need to deal with it.”   <“It’s not a serious trouble. Don’t bother about it.”>

Let it be.   Listen   A “You can’t change the situation, so don’t deal with it.”   <“I can’t get over his rude remark. I need to do something about it.” – “Let it be. He didn’t mean any harm.”>

Let it go.   Listen   <“He jeered at me in the presence of my colleagues! Can you believe that?” – “Let it go. You’ll find a way to get even with him.”>

There is no need to.   Listen   A “There is no need to do it.”   <“We might as well make this payment ahead of time.” – “There is no need to. We don’t even have the bill yet.”>

Don't make waves.   Listen   A “Don’t instigate trouble.”   <“It wouldn’t be wise to escalate this conflict. Don’t make waves.”>

Don't rock the boat.   Listen   A “Don’t disturb the situation unnecessarily.”   <“You don’t need to fight with your business partners over petty issues. Don’t rock the boat.”>

Live and let live.   Listen   A “Don’t interfere with other people’s business.”   <“Our political party needs opposition. There should always be political opposition. That’s the name of the game. Live and let live.”>

Let sleeping dogs lie.   Listen   A “Don’t stir up a troublesome situation.”   <“Nobody needs to know the truth about what happened that day. Let sleeping dogs lie.”>

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17.33   When you request a person to give you a physical object

 

Give it to me.   Listen   <“I need the cell phone urgently. Give it to me.”>

Hand it over.   Listen   <“Come on! It’s mine! Hand it over.”>

Let me have it.   Listen   <“This piece of cake looks nice. Let me have it.”>

Let it go.   Listen   <“Don’t hold my arm. Let it go.”>

Let go of that.   Listen   <“Don’t hold on to my bag. Let go of it.”>

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