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5                              Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Directing a Conversation p.7

 

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* 5 Directing a Conversation (p.7 of 8)

 

5.33   When you used vulgar language inadvertently

 

Pardon my French.   Listen   AI am sorry for my impolite words.”   <The neighbor’s cat got into a rattrap in their backyard. The damned animal screamed all night, pardon my French.”>

 

 

5.34   When somebody has asked you about the source of your information

 

I have my sources.   Listen   <“The Mayor is going to resign.” – “How do you know that?” – “I have my sources.”>

I have my ways of finding these things out.   Listen   <“The stock market is about to fall.” – “How can you be so sure?” – “I have my ways of finding these things out.”>

News travels fast.   Listen   <“The President is going to fire the Secretary of Defense.” – “Who told you that?” – “News travel fast.”>

Bad news travels fast.   Listen   <“There is a disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico.” – “How do you know?” – “Bad news travel fast.”>

Good news travels fast.   Listen   <“Our team is winning the championship.” – “What makes you think so? I haven’t heard anything yet.” – “Good news travels fast.”>

Word travels fast.   Listen   <“Desmond and Molly eloped last night.” – “Desmond and Molly eloped only last night. Then, why does everyone in town know about it this morning?” – “Word travels fast.”>

It’s common knowledge.   Listen   AIt is widely known.”   <“Are you sure that the Earth is round?” – “It is common knowledge.”>

I put two and two together.   Listen   AI figured it out myself from the information available.”   <“Food is going to get more expensive this year.” – “Why?” – “I put two and two together. Dry summer, rainy fall, and cold winter kill crops.”>

Just never mind.   Listen   AIt’s not important. You don’t need to pay attention.”   <“How did you find out about Tom and Merry?” – “Just never mind.”>

None of your business.   Listen   AIt is none of your concern.”   <“How did you learn about it?” – “None of your business.”>

I’m not one to kiss and tell.   Listen   AI am not one who develops trustful relationships with a person and then tells about it to somebody else. I am not a person who discloses private information received in confidence.”   <“Tell me about your informant.” – “No, I won’t. I’m not one to kiss and tell.”>

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5.35   When you want to sound believable

 

That’s the truth.   Listen   A “I am telling the truth.”   <“I have nothing to do with what has happened. That’s the truth.”>

That’s the gospel truth.   Listen   A “I am telling the absolute truth.”   <“I didn’t break your bicycle. That’s the gospel truth.”>

That’s the honest truth.   Listen   <“The hurricane destroyed the entire city. That’s the honest truth.”>

That’s the honest-to-goodness truth.   Listen   <“Is Sue going to marry Tom? I don’t believe that!” – “That’s the honest-to-goodness truth.”>

Honest to goodness.   Listen   <“Are they going to demolish the factory and build an amusement park in its place? I can’t believe that!” – “Yes, they are. Honest to goodness.”>

Honest.   Listen   <“I want to start a jazz band. Honest.”>

Honestly.   Listen   <“My darling, you have the sweetest voice. Honestly.”>

True.   Listen   <“When I grow up, I will have my own auto repair shop. True.”>

Truly.   Listen   <“I sincerely believe that you will have success in life. Truly.”>

I swear.   Listen   <“That was a silly thing to do. I swear.”>

I swear to you.   Listen   <“This information is reliable. I swear to you.”>

I swear on my mother’s grave.   Listen   <“Whatever happens in life, I’ll always be there for you. I swear on my mother’s grave.”>

I swear to God.   Listen   <“If you harm my child, you’ll regret about it. I swear to God.”>

Would I lie?   Listen   <“Boss, your management style is excellent.” – “I think you are exaggerating a little.” – “Would I lie?”>

Would I lie to you?   Listen   <“Your friend is making stories behind your back.” – “I don’t believe you.” – “Would I lie to you?”>

Why would I lie?   Listen   <“No, I didn’t steal your pencil. Why would I lie?”>

I’m not kidding.   Listen   <“Something was wrong with the airplane and it landed on the river! I’m not kidding.>

Believe it or not.   Listen   A “Whether you believe it or not, this is true.”   <“Believe it or not, this little kid saved my life.”>

Frankly speaking,…   Listen   A “I am going to make a straightforward statement.”   <“Frankly speaking, I don’t think you can afford this car.”>

Speaking candidly,…   Listen   <“Speaking candidly, I think last night’s party was a disaster.”>

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5.36   When you request somebody’s trust

 

Trust me.   Listen   A “I am telling you the truth. I am not trying to fool you.”   <“Are you sure this road will bring us to our destination?” – “Trust me. I know this forest like the back of my hand.”>

Believe me.   Listen   A “Accept what I am telling you as true.”   <“Believe me, this little bakery bakes the best bread in the world.”>

You better believe it.   Listen   A “I recommend you to trust this statement because to doubt it is not in your interests.”   <“They say he is a good doctor. Can he really help me?” – “You better believe it, because if he can’t, you are in trouble.”>

You had better believe it.   Listen   <“The economic situation is improving.” – “Is it?” – “You’d better believe it. It won’t without your trust.”>

You have my word on this.   Listen   A “You have my assertion on this.”   <“If you go for it, I’ll tell no one. You have my word on this.”>

You have my word.   Listen   <“I won’t tell a soul about it. You have my word.”>

I give you my word.   Listen   <“I’ll take this secret to my grave. I give you my word.”>

I give you my word of honor.   Listen   <“This is just between you and me. I give you my word of honor.”>

Take my word for it.   Listen   <“This is the best hotel in our town. Take my word for it.”>

You can count on it.   Listen   A “You can rely on this.”   <“I’ll help you when you need it. You can count on it.”>

You can bank on it.   Listen   <“If you complete your part of the deal, I’ll do mine. You can bank on it.”>

I promise you.   Listen   A “You can consider my word as a reliable basis for your expectations.”   <“Next Sunday we will go to the zoo. I promise you.” – “Promises, promises…”>

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5.37   When you request silence

 

Quiet!   Listen   A “Stop talking and making noise.”   <“Children, quiet! You’re too noisy.”>

Be quiet!   Listen   <“Be quiet, please. I’m on the phone.”>

Keep quiet!   Listen   <“Keep quiet! You are too noisy.”>

Silence!   Listen   A “Stop talking.”   <“You’re not supposed to talk in church. Silence!”>

Shut up!   Listen   <“Hey, I’m trying to sleep. Shut up!”>

Shut your mouth.   Listen   <“You are such a scoundrel. Shut your mouth and get back to work.”>

Hold your tongue.   Listen   <“You can only abuse people. Hold your tongue.”>

Not another word!   Listen   <“Children, it is 11 p.m. Go to sleep. Not another word.”>

Button your lip!   Listen   <“I don’t need your empty talk. Button your lip!”>

Clam up!   Listen   <“They can question you. Don’t be a blabber. Clam up!”>

Hush!   Listen   <“Hush! I can’t hear the speaker.”>

Hush your mouth!   Listen   <“Your teacher is speaking! Don’t talk back. Hush your mouth!>

Pipe down!   Listen   A “Be quiet!”   <“Stop talking so much. Pipe down.”>

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