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* 5 Directing a Conversation (p.4 of 8)

 

5.14�� When you want to repeat your point

 

Let me repeat myself.�� Listen�� A �Let me repeat what I have said.��� <The Senator made a pause, looked at the audience, and said, �Let me repeat myself. We have to cut spending. We must. There is no other way.�>

Allow me to repeat myself.�� Listen�� <�Allow me to repeat myself. Since this theory is based on incorrect assumptions, its conclusions are incorrect.�>

To repeat,��� Listen�� <�You�ve heard my arguments. To repeat, the best course of action for us now is to wait and see.�>

To reiterate,��� Listen�� <�To reiterate, I am in resolute opposition to your proposal since it is ill-considered and unwise.�>

As I�ve said��� Listen�� <�As I�ve said, it�s going to rain today. I don�t think we can go hiking.�>

Like I said��� Listen�� <�Like I said, I�m not interested in your excuses. I need a result�.>

As I was saying,��� Listen�� <�As I was saying, our policies remain unchanged no matter what�.>

I don�t want to sound like a broken record, but��� Listen�� <�I don�t want to sound like a broken record, but our marketing methods aren�t adequate anymore.�>

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5.15�� When you want to provide additional explanation

 

Let me explain.�� Listen�� <�Paradoxically, the inflated dollar will be in high demand internationally. Let me explain.�>

Let me elaborate.�� Listen�� <�This is the main idea of my proposal. Now, let me elaborate.�>

Let me give you some details.�� Listen�� <The Governor said at the briefing, �You already know about the accident. Let me give you some details.�>

Let me tell you a little more about it.�� Listen�� <First, the General made an announcement about yesterday�s military operation. Then, the public relations officer told the journalists, �Let me tell you a little more about it.�>

Let me clarify that.�� Listen�� <�In certain cases, special rules apply. Let me clarify that.�>

Allow me to clarify.�� Listen�� <�The situation is complicated. Allow me to clarify.�>

Let me rephrase that.�� Listen�� <�No smoking is allowed on the ship. Let me rephrase that in case somebody doesn�t understand. Any smoking is categorically prohibited everywhere on this ship.�>

Let me make myself clear.�� Listen�� <�Let me make myself clear. I don�t want to harass you, but I need the job done.�>

Let me make myself perfectly clear.�� Listen�� <�Let me make myself perfectly clear. If you kids don�t stop splashing water everywhere, I will not allow you to play in the swimming pool anymore today.�>

Let�s talk about it.�� Listen�� A �Let�s discuss the issue.��� <�There may be different methods to tackle this problem. But one of them is better than the others. Let�s talk about it.�>

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5.16�� When you rephrase your point

 

What I mean is��� Listen�� <�My brother and his wife are still married. What I mean is they are not divorced, but they live apart.�>

What I�m saying is��� Listen�� <�You couldn�t do anything else in that situation. What I�m saying is you did well.�>

What I�m trying to say is��� Listen�� <�Do you fully understand the potential consequences of your actions? Do you realize danger? What I am trying to say is you are crazy.�>

In other words,��� Listen�� <�Are there adequate financial resources available for our project? In other words, do we have funds for this job?�>

To put it another way,��� Listen�� <�How are you going to support your extravagant lifestyle? To put it another way, do you have enough money?�>

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5.17�� When you provide an example

 

For example,��� Listen�� <�Several States have adopted this law, for example California and Arizona.�>

For instance,��� Listen�� <�Various construction materials are used in this building. For instance, the walls are made of brick, and the columns are made of stone.�>

To give you an example,��� Listen�� <�Form is very important in English poetry. To give you an example, let�s look at the short poem Darkness by Lord Byron.�>

Let me give you an example.�� Listen�� <�This rule applies only in certain cases. Let me give you an example.�>

Let me illustrate.�� Listen�� <�The concept of beauty is artistically universal. Let me illustrate.�>

As a case in point,��� Listen�� A �As an example,...��� <�I gave you the basics of the evolution theory. As a case in point, let�s consider the origin of the bird.�>

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5.18�� When you announce a conclusion

 

To conclude, we have achieved our objectives.�� Listen�� A �To summarize the consideration...��� <�To conclude, our negotiations were successful.�>

All in all, this was a useful discussion.�� Listen�� A �When everything is summarized...��� <�All in all, the meeting went quite well.�>

All things considered, this year was a success.�� Listen�� A �When everything is taken into account...��� <�All thing considered, this was a successful trip.�>

On balance, we made profit this year.�� Listen�� A �After considering all things...��� <�On balance, we spent our time well.�>

In any case, you�ll get what you want.�� Listen�� A �No matter what...��� <�In any case, you are responsible for the consequences.�>

One way or the other, the project has been completed.�� Listen�� (used with the other or another)�� A �Regardless of the method...��� <�One way or the other, we have made it home.�>

Either way, his innocence was proven.�� Listen�� A �Regardless of other circumstances...��� <�Either way, we won the case.�>

That brings us to the main point.�� Listen�� A �The previous discussion allows us to make a conclusion.��� <�We discussed high manufacturing costs in the United States. That brings us to the main point. American economy is predominantly service type.�>

Which brings me to the main point.�� Listen�� <�So, dear students, you�re young adults starting your own life. Which brings me to the main point. Is your financial future secure?�>

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5.19�� When you rephrase the speaker�s point

 

What you mean is��� Listen�� <�For better health, you�ve got to exercise daily.� � �What you mean is medication alone won�t save my cardiovascular system.�>

What you�re saying is��� Listen�� <�My brother has been drinking for years. Now he is a respected citizen.� � �What you are saying is nobody is perfect.�>

If I understand you,��� Listen�� <�If I understand you, we don�t really know what to do in this situation.�>

If I am hearing you correctly,��� Listen�� <�If I�m hearing you correctly, the accident was caused by a human error. Then, who is that person?�>

So, you think that��� Listen�� <�So, you think that the Earth is round?�>

Strictly speaking,��� Listen�� A �This is the essence of the statement,...��� <�Strictly speaking, you are neglecting some secondary circumstances in order to make a general conclusion.�>

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