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29 Everyday Conversational Expressions Different Versions

 

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* 29 Different Versions

 

Sometimes different versions of the same expression can be heard in live speech. The difference is in the use of various grammatical forms.

 

29.1 Can, May, Could

 

17.8 Can I help you? Listen A Can I be of service for you? < Im not ready to order yet.>

May I help you? Listen <Whos calling? May I help you?>

Could I help you? Listen <What are you looking for? Could I help you?>

 

 

29.2 Tenses

 

3.4 Im OK. Listen <How are you? Im OK, thanks.>

Ive been OK. Listen <How have you been? Ive been OK, thanks.>

 

17.16 It doesnt bother me any. Listen A It does not trouble me and I dont have any objections. <Do you mind if I listen to the radio? No. It doesnt bother me any>

It wont bother me any. Listen <Do you mind if I turn on the radio? No. It wont bother me any>

 

 

12.28 It cant be helped. Listen A Unfortunately, nothing can help in this situation. <My rose bush looks dead. It cant be helped. The current drought is killing many plants in the garden.>

It couldnt be helped. Listen A Unfortunately, nothing could be done to help in this situation. <My rose bush died. It couldnt be helped. The current drought killed many plants in the garden.>

 

17.4 I bet its still raining. Listen A I can bet this is true. I am sure that.... <I bet its still raining. I can hear raindrops. Its pouring!>

Ill bet its still raining. Listen <Ill bet its still raining. Its raining cats and dogs!>

Ill bet you its still raining. Listen <Ill bet you its still raining. And how! Without interruption! >

 

17.9 Thats all. Listen A Thats all I need. <Would you like anything else? No, thats all.>

Thatll be all. Listen <Do you need anything else? No, thatll be all.>

 

 

29.3 Pronouns

 

12.25 Thats all I need. Listen <My car got stalled in the garage, and the garage door broke. Thats all I need!>

Its all I need. Listen <A pregnant cat! Its all I need.>

 

26.12 It doesnt quite suit me. Listen A It is not exactly what I want. <This dress is nice. It doesnt quite suit me, though. I want something lighter and more ornate.>

That doesnt quite suit me. Listen <Your life is too hectic. Your interests are outlandish. Your views are too radical. That doesnt quite suit me. Lets break up.>

 

 

29.4 Contraction

 

2.1 Ill talk to you soon. Listen A Good-bye until I talk to you again soon. <It was nice talking to you, Jane. Ill call you in a few days. Good-bye, Greg. Ill talk to you soon.>

Talk to you soon. Listen <See you tomorrow. Talk to you soon.>

 

2.4 It was good to see you. Listen A I am glad I saw you this time. <Good-bye, Henry. It was good to see you. Bye, Margaret. See you around.>

Good to see you. Listen <Bye, Henry. Good to see you. Bye, Margaret. See you.>

 

12.37 Its just as I expected. Listen A I thought it would be this way. <The market is falling now. Its just as I expected.>

Just as I expected. Listen <The market is down. Just as I expected.>

 

 

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