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28                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Job Situations p.3

 

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* 28 Job Situations (p.3 of 3)

 

28.16   When you promise to take care of an issue

 

I'll do it.   Listen   <“Our partners are asking us to prepare a draft contract.” – “I’ll do it.”>

I'm on it.   Listen   A “I am in the process of getting it done.”   <“We’ve got to solve this problem.” – “I’m on it.”>

Leave it to me.   Listen   A “I will take care of it.”   <“We received a technical question from our customer. We need to respond somehow.” – “Leave it to me.”>

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28.17   When you order an employee to take care of an issue

 

Get it done.   Listen   A “We have had enough discussions, now complete the task.”   <“You’ve got to present your proposal tomorrow. Get it done.”>

Just do it.   Listen   <“We’ve lost electric power. Go to the basement and turn on the generator.” – “Are you sure it will help?” – “Just do it.”>

You heard me.   Listen   A “You heard my instruction, now follow it without further argument.”   <“We have to complete the job on time. Put your nose to the grindstone, guys.” –“There might not be enough time…” – “You heard me.”>

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28.18   When you don't approve the course of actions

 

That won't work.   Listen   <“Our project is funded insufficiently. And we still have much to do. We are running on empty. That won’t work. We need better funding.”>

It's not going to work.   Listen   <“Your plan is ill-conceived. It’s not going to work.”>

It doesn't stand a chance.   Listen   A “It does not have a chance of success.”   <“Do you want me to spend my time and money on your whimsical idea? It doesn’t stand a chance.”>

It doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell.   Listen   <“If government funding is withdrawn, our project is doomed. It doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.”>

We are wasting our time.   Listen   A “We are not getting anywhere with this.”   <“This ill-advised scheme can’t succeed. We are wasting our time.>

We are wasting our effort.   Listen   <“I think we need to cease our attempts to solve the problem by conventional methods. We are wasting our effort. We need a fresh approach.”>

We are wasting our energy.   Listen   <“The boss will never approve a plan like that. You call it bold? He’ll call it silly. We are wasting our energy.”>

We are just running around in circles.   Listen   A “We are moving chaotically and senselessly.”   <“We need to stop our aimless activity and get organized. We are just running around in circles.”>

We are spinning our wheels.   Listen   A “Our vehicle is not moving anywhere although its wheels are turning. We are stuck in a bog.”   <“We have been working on this problem for a year. We have accomplished nothing. We are spinning our wheels.”>

We are beating a dead horse.   Listen   A “We are trying to do what has already failed.”   <“In order to raise money for our project, we contacted several banks. We got turned down every time. Why do you think this time it will be different? We are beating a dead horse. We need private funding.”>

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28.19   When you look for excuses

 

I'm doing the best I can.   Listen   <“This job could hardly be called excellent. You can do better than that.” – “I’m doing the best I can.”>

I'm doing my best.   Listen   <“When are we going to see some results?” – “I’m doing my best.”>

That's the way I was told to do it.   Listen   <“Why are you doing it this way? Odds are you are simply wasting material.” – “That’s the way I was told to do it.”>

That's the way I've always done it.   Listen   <“Do you think that’s the right way to do it?” – “That’s the way I’ve always done it.”>

I'm just following orders.   Listen   <“Do you know you could be criminally charged for doing that?” – “I’m just following orders.”>

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28.20   When you recommend your colleague to end an unsuccessful task

 

Throw it away.   Listen   <“You are wasting your time. This plan is a failure. Throw it away.”>

Give it up.   Listen   A “Surrender, stop trying, don’t waste your time.”   <“Your analysis is inconclusive. It’s a way to nowhere. Give it up.”>

Dump it.   Listen   <“The odds are against you. It’s a losing idea. Dump it.”>

Trash it.   Listen   <“You’re building your theory on incorrect assumptions. You’re not going to succeed with it. Trash it.”>

Junk it.   Listen   <“Your proposal contradicts the basic principles of mechanics. That simply won’t work. Junk it.”>

Toss it.   Listen   <“Your method is lacking systematization. You’re just running around in circles. Toss it.”>

Finish it off.   Listen   <“You’ve already spent a good deal of time trying to prove your hypothesis. You’re spinning your wheels. Finish it off.”>

Get rid of it.   Listen   <“Your research is funded inadequately. It doesn’t stand a chance. Get rid of it.”>

Nip it in the bud.   Listen   A “Destroy it while it is still small.”   <“You’re wasting your energy on this project. Nip it in the bud.”>

Pull the plug on it.   Listen   <“The experimental model you are trying to build lacks solid theoretical foundation. All your results have been negative so far. Pull the plug on it.”>

Pull the rug out from under it.   Listen   <“Experimental facts don’t support your theoretical study. It’s not late to cancel it without damaging your reputation. Pull the rug out from under it.”>

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28.21   When a project has been cancelled

 

The project went down the drain.   Listen   AThe project is cancelled and all our efforts are lost forever.”   <“They stopped financing our work. The project went down the drain.”>

Case is closed.   Listen   ACancellation is final.”   <“The commanding officer aborted this mission. Case is closed”.>

End of story.   Listen   AThere is nothing to discuss any more.”   <“Our initiative has failed. End of story.”>

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28.22   When you end your job

 

Let's call it a day.   Listen   ALet us end what we have been doing for the day.”   <“We have done all we could. Let’s call it a day.”>

It's time to call it a day.   Listen   AIt is time to quit for the day.”   <“We’ve been working all day. It’s time to call it a day.”>

Let's call it a night.   Listen   <“We have been working till 10pm. I’m tired. Let’s call it a night.”>

Let's call it quits.   Listen   <“It’s getting dark. We can’t work anymore. Let’s call it quits.”>

So much for that.   Listen   AI have been dealing with it long enough and now I am about to stop.”   <“I’ve been planting roses all day. My hands are scratched all over. So much for that.”>

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28.23   When you start a task over again

 

It's time to start over from scratch.   Listen   <“We received new funding. It’s time to start over from scratch.”>

We're back to square one.   Listen   AWe have returned to the starting point.”   <“In our attempts to solve the problem we have exhausted all our resources. We are back to square one.”>

We're back to basics.   Listen   AWe have returned to essentials.”   <“We failed to achieve practical results of any significance. We are back to basics.”>

We're back to the drawing board.   Listen   <“Field testing of our new product revealed numerous errors and defects. We are back to the drawing board.”>

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28.24   When you praise a person for doing a good job

 

I am very pleased with your work.   Listen   <When I showed the boss the contract signed by our business partners, he said, “You’ve done well. I’m very pleased with your work. We have to do lunch sometime.”>

Congratulations!   Listen   <“Well, I’m glad you have completed the project successfully. Congratulations!”>

Very impressive.   Listen   A “Your work impressed me.”   <The critic looked at the painting and told the artist, “Very impressive. You did a good job.”>

Very nice.   Listen   A “Your work looks very nice.”   <When the lady saw herself in the new dress, she told the tailor, “Very nice. I like it.”>

Nice job.   Listen   A “You have done it well.”   <At the end of the day, the department manager tallied up the total and told his sales associates, “Nice job, guys. Today’s sales amount is an all-time record.”>

Nice work.   Listen   <The teacher looked at the schoolboy’s homework and said, “Nice work. You see, you can do it when you try hard.”>

Good work.   Listen   <The mayor reviewed the new development and told the construction company’s representative, “Good work. Thanks to you, our city is growing at a fast pace.”>

Good job.   Listen   < – “Thank you, sir. Your appreciation means very much to me.”>

Keep up the good work.   Listen   A “Keep on doing good work.”   <The boss looked at my results and said, “Keep up the good work.”>

Keep it up!   Listen   <“Last year, we extended our business to Mexico and Canada.” – “Very good. Keep it up!”>

Well done!   Listen   <In the end of the month, the boss told the sales manager, “I like your style. Well done! I’ve never doubted you.”>

Bravo!   Listen   <At the end of the performance, the audience shouted, “Bravo!”>

That takes the cake!   Listen   A “This is so good it is worth the prize.”   <“Such a spectacular demonstration! You’ve done a wonderful job! That takes the cake!”>

You're something else!   Listen   A “You are different from others. You are very good at what you are doing!”   <“Your presentation was excellent. It exceeded everybody’s expectations. You are something else!”>

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28.25   When you demonstrate your subjection to a more experienced colleague

 

You're the boss.   Listen   AI submit to you and your experience.”   <“First, read the instruction manual carefully. Then, turn the machine on and get practical, firsthand experience with it.” – “Okay. You’re the boss.”>

You're the doctor.   Listen   <“Follow these instructions diligently.” – “Sure. You’re the doctor.”>

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28.26   When you are going to reprimand an employee

 

I'd like to have a word with you.   Listen   < – “Okay. I need a minute to complete this job.”>

Can I see you in my office?   Listen   ACan I talk to you in the privacy of my office?”   (used with can or may or could)   <The boss told me, “Could I see you in my office? I need to talk with you about something.”>

I'll see you in my office in fifteen minutes.   Listen   AI want to talk to you in the privacy of my office.”   < – “Yes, boss. I’ll be there.”>

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28.27   When your colleague is late for work

 

You're late.   Listen   <“You are late. The meeting has already begun.”>

You're late again.   Listen   <“You are late again. The boss will be angry with you.”>

Why are you so late?   Listen   <“Why are you so late? It looks like you are never on time.”>

What took you so long?   Listen   <“What took you so long? Everyone is already in the conference room.”>

Try to be on time next time.   Listen   <“Try to be on time next time. We don’t need to look sloppy in the eyes of our business partners.”>

Better late than never.   Listen   A “You arrived late, but this is still better than your complete absence.”   <“Oh, you are finally here. Better late than never.”>

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28.28   When you are not motivated by personal preferences

 

Don't take it personally.   Listen   ADon’t interpret my words as directed against you personally.”   <“Don’t take it personally, but the boss is not happy about your late arrival at the business meeting.”>

Nothing personal, strictly business.   Listen   A “I am only concerned about business in an impersonal manner.”   <“Based on last year’s financial results, we have to downsize the company by eliminating jobs. Nothing personal, strictly business.”>

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