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20                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                           Unpleasant Conversations p.5

 

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* 20 Unpleasant Conversations (p.5 of 5)

 

20.20   When you want to sound sarcastic about what a person has done

 

Are you happy now?   Listen   <“Your remark ruined the dinner. Are you happy now?”>

Are you satisfied?   Listen   <“Now your little sister is crying. Are you satisfied?”>

Aren't you proud of yourself?   Listen   <“You broke the girl’s heart. Aren’t you proud of yourself?”>

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20.21   When you try to avoid an unpleasant conversation

 

Do we have to go through all that again?   Listen   ADo we have to discuss the same subject once more?”   <“I still can’t get over what happened last night.” – “I told you I was sorry. Do we have to go through all that again?”>

Let’s not go through all that again.   Listen   <“Sometime I would like to explain my behavior on the cruise ship.” – “Let’s not go through all that again.”>

Please!   Listen   APlease stop talking about it!”   <“What are we going to do about your blunder?” – “Please! How many times do you need to bring it up?”>

Here we go again.   Listen   AI am forced to discuss the same unpleasant topic again.”   <“I would like to discuss your getting drunk at the party.” – “Here we go again.”>

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20.22   When a person is being aggressive

 

Are you trying to start something?   Listen   A “Are you going to pick a fight?”   <“Hey, man! I’m talking to you. Come over here, you dummy.” – “Are you trying to start something?”>

Just exactly what are you getting at?   Listen   A “What is the result you are trying to get? Are you going to start a fight?”   <“Why don’t you get back to where you came from?” – “Just exactly what are you getting at?”>

Just what exactly are you trying to say?   Listen   <“You look like an idiot in your silly clothes.” – “Just what exactly are you trying to say? Is there a problem?”>

Were you talking to me?   Listen   <“We don’t want your kind around here.” – “Were you talking to me?”>

Have you got a problem?   Listen   <“You look like something the cat dragged in. Your presence is causing discomfort to the other customers in this bar.” – “Have you got a problem?”>

What do you mean by that?   Listen   <“Do you always goof up? Can you do anything right?” – “What do you mean by that?”>

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20.23   When you are angry with an aggressive person

 

Get out of my face!   Listen   A “Don’t be in my view! I don’t want to see you!”   <“You are driving me up the wall! Get out of my face!”>

Get off my back!   Listen   A “Don’t be a burden on my back!”   <“Stop criticizing me! Get off my back!”>

Get off my tail!   Listen   A “Don’t follow me!”   <“Why are you following me? Get off my tail!”>

Get off my ass!   Listen   <“What do you need from me? Get off my ass!”>

I’m fed up with you!   Listen   AI have had too much of your aggressive behavior!”   <“I can’t abide your abusive language. I’m fed up with you!”>

Screw you!   Listen   A “I am very angry with you! Go to hell!”   <“Did you come to me to add insult to injury? You stole my boyfriend, and now you are offering me your friendship again as a sign of reconciliation? Screw you!>

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20.24   When you don’t believe that a person who is threatening you has serious intentions

 

Do you mean to say something?   Listen   A “Do you really mean what you have said? Don’t you want to take it back?”   <“I’m leaving you now. I’m returning to my ex-boyfriend Bobby. Good-bye.” – “What have you just said? Do you mean to say something?”>

You can’t mean that!   Listen   AI am sure you don’t mean what you have said!”   <“I hate the day when I met you! I’m done with you!” – “You can’t mean that! Why are you so mad?”>

You wouldn’t do that!   Listen   AI am sure you mightn’t do such thing!”   (used with wouldn’t or couldn’t)   <“I’m so mad at you that I could slap you in the face.” – “You wouldn’t do that! You can’t hit a woman.”>

You wouldn’t dare!   Listen   AYou are threatening me, but you are not brave enough!”   <“Shut up or I’ll hit you in the head.” – “You wouldn’t dare! I’m stronger than you.”>

You and what army?   Listen   AYou are threatening me, but do you have power to make your threat real?”   <“I’m going to punch you!” – “Really? You and what army?”>

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20.25   When you want a person to stay out of your affairs

 

Mind your own business.   Listen   A “Make yourself busy with your own affairs. Stop prying into my life.”   <“You need a haircut.” – “Mind your own business. I like the way I am.”>

I'll thank you to mind your own business.   Listen   <“Does your wife make more money than you?” – “I’ll thank you to mind your own business.”>

It’s none of your business.   Listen   AIt is none of your concern.”   <“How much did you pay for your new luxury car?” – “Goodness gracious, Jim! It’s none of your business.”>

That's none of your affair.   Listen   <“You need to fix yourself up.” – “Good grief! That’s none of your affair.”>

What’s it to you?   Listen   A “Why are you interested in this business?”   <“You suddenly found yourself in a predicament. What are you going to do now?” – “What’s it to you?”>

Don't tell me what to do.   Listen   A “Don’t give me your orders and recommendations.”   <“You’ve got to stop drinking.” – “Don’t tell me what to do. I can take care of myself.”>

Keep your nose out of my business.   Listen   <”Bob, can I have a word with you?” – “What’s up, man?” – “I don’t appreciate your asking my sister about my income. Keep your nose out of my business.”>

Keep out of this.   Listen   ADon’t make yourself involved.”   <“I guess, your cousin is in trouble.” – “Keep out of this. Don’t you have enough problems of your own?”>

Stay out of this.   Listen   <“I see you are in conflict with the boss.” – “Stay out of this. Don’t get concerned with other people’s matters.”>

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20.26   When you are scolding a person

 

Shame on you!   Listen   <“Jane, I think I have inadvertently read your letter to Jim.” – “Shame on you! Don’t read my papers!”>

For shame!   Listen   A “This is shameful!”   <“I broke a plate in the kitchen.” – “For shame! It belonged to my favorite china set.”>

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20.27   When you are trying to stop a person from an illegal action

 

You’ll never get away with it.   Listen   AIf you do it, you will not escape punishment.”   <“Your plan is illegal. Even if you pull it off, you’ll never get away with it.”>

You’ll go to jail.   Listen   <“You can’t steal cars. You’ll go to jail.”>

You’ll end up in prison.   Listen   AIf you do it, you will go to jail.”   <“What you are thinking about is a crime. You’ll end up in prison.”>

I would not do that for love or money.   Listen   AThere is absolutely no reason to do that.”   (used with or or nor)   <“We can rob a convenience store.” – “I would not do that for love nor money. There are security cameras everywhere.”>

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20.28   When you want a person to leave your property alone

 

Look with your eyes, not your hands.   Listen   ADon’t touch it.”   <“I like your new motorbike. Can I touch it?” – “Look with your eyes, not your hands.”>

Did I say you could touch that?   Listen   <“Mother, the birthday cake you bought for dad is so richly decorated!” – “Did I say you could touch it? Hands off! Wait until the celebration tonight.”>

If you break it, you pay for it.   Listen   <My sister told me in the antique store, “Don’t touch anything here. If you break it, you pay for it.”>

If you break it, you bought it.   Listen   <“I would rather you didn’t touch this large vase. If you break it, you bought it. There will be hell to pay.”>

Excuse me, that's mine.   Listen   <In the grocery store I got distracted and an elderly lady inadvertently grabbed the shopping cart with my purchases. I told her, “Excuse me, that’s mine.”>

Hands off!   Listen   AKeep your hands off!”   <“Be careful! You can accidentally damage this fine china cup. Hands off!”>

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