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6                                              Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Positive Attitude p.1

 

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* 6 Positive Attitude in a Conversation (p.1 of 2)

 

6.1   When you demonstrate that you understand a speaker’s point

 

I understand what you’re saying.   Listen   <“In our situation every penny counts.” – “I understand what you’re saying. Let’s be frugal.”>

Understood.   Listen   <“You are not supposed to do that under any circumstances.” – “Understood.”>

I know.   Listen   <“My sister is a librarian. She works long hours, but her pay is hardly adequate.” – “I know. I had a job like that.”>

I know what you’re talking about.   Listen   A “I understand what you are talking about.”   <“Alaskan climate is no fun.”– “I know what you’re talking about. I don’t like cold, long winters either.”>

I know what you mean.   Listen   A “I know what you are talking about.”   <“The transatlantic flight was so long! And a baby was screaming all the time.” – “I know what you mean. Long flights are boring and tiresome.”>

I see what you mean.   Listen   <“If housing prices go down again, we are in trouble.” – “I see what you mean.”>

I see what you’re saying.   Listen   <“Everything has a beginning and an end. Our ordeal began a while ago. I’m expecting to see its end soon.” – “I see what you’re saying.”>

I can see what you’re saying.   Listen   <“Education doesn't guarantee that you'll get a good job, but it increases your chances.” – “I can see what you’re saying.”>

I can see that.   Listen   <“A marriage requires at least mutual respect to be a happy one.” – “I can see that.”>

I see where you’re coming from.   Listen   <“If unemployment is high, there may be no economic recovery. How can jobless people push the economy forward?” – “I see where you’re coming from. There’s logic in what you’re saying.”>

I got you.   Listen   <“Don’t forget to buy some milk at the grocery store.” – “I got you.”>

Gotcha.   Listen   A “Got you. I got what you said.”   <“We mustn’t allow it to happen.” – “Gotcha. It won’t happen, I promise.”>

I got it!   Listen   A “I understand it.”   <“You have to listen to the boss, young man.” – “I got it!”>

I follow you.   Listen   <“When you study hard, you get encouraging results. And when you are happy with your achievements, your life gets better. Do you follow me?” – “I follow you.”>

I’m there with you.   Listen   <“The government implemented drastic measures in the hope that the economic situation would improve. I would like to see some tangible results, though.” – “I’m there with you. The taxpayers should eventually get a return on their money, shouldn’t they?”>

I hear you.   Listen   A “I completely understand your point.”   <“Johnson, I need your report tomorrow.” – “I hear you, boss.”>

I hear what you’re saying   Listen   <“This hotel is pretty expensive. And there are vacancies in other hotels nearby.” – “I hear what you are saying. Let’s look around.”>

Point well-taken.   Listen   A “I have understood your point well.”   <“A gentleman should open a door for a lady and let her in first.” – “Point well-taken.”>

Roger.   Listen   A “Received. Right. I hear you.”   <“We have to go now.” – “Roger.”>

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6.2   When you express agreement with a speaker

 

Yes.   Listen   <“Would you like a piece of pie?” – “Yes, please.”>

OK or Okay.   Listen   Amisspelled All correct, I agree.”   <“Would you like a cup of tea?” – “OK, thank you.”>

Sure.   Listen   A “No doubt. I agree.”   <“Would you like a beer?” – “Sure, thanks.”>

For sure.   Listen   A “For certain, with certainty, unquestionably.”   <“I think, we are the best basketball team in town.” – “Yes, we are for sure.”>

Sure thing.   Listen   A “This event is certain.”   <“Are you going to support my proposal at the meeting?” – “Sure thing.”>

Of course.   Listen   A “In a proper way, naturally, without deviation.”   <“Do you think I should call a doctor?” – “Of course you should. You don’t look well at all.”>

Certainly   Listen   A “It is unquestionably so. I strongly agree.”   <“Can you please bring the suitcases to my room?” – “Certainly, ma’am.”>

Definitely.   Listen   A “It is definitely so. I strongly agree.”   <“Will you attend my sister’s wedding?” – “Definitely. I’m eager to see her happy.”>

Absolutely.   Listen   A “It is unconditionally so. I strongly agree.”   <“Did you like your trip to Mexico?” – “Absolutely! I’m planning on going there again.”>

You got it.   Listen   A “Consider it in your possession. You got the right answer. You are right.”   <“I made some changes in our travel arrangements. I hope you will approve them.” – “You got it. I like them.”>

You bet.   Listen   A “You can make a bet on that. This is certain.”   <“Can you give me a lift downtown?” – “You bet. Get in the car.”>

No problem.   Listen   A “This is causing no problem.”   <“Can you help me in the garden?” – “No problem. What do you want me to do?”>

By all means.   Listen   A “In every manner, in every way, absolutely.”   <“Will you come to dinner tomorrow?” – “Yes, by all means.”>

Super.   Listen   <“Would you like to see a new movie?” – “Super. Which one?”>

Great.   Listen   <“How about going to the beach this week-end?” – “Great, I’d love to.”>

Sounds good.   Listen   A “It sounds good to me. I agree.”   <“Would you like to go for a walk?” – “Okay, sounds good.”>

All right.   Listen   A “Everything is right. I agree.”   <“How about some more cake?” – “All right, mother.”>

Right.   Listen   A “Correct. You are right. I agree.”   <“I think, she is snobbish.” – “Right. And a bit arrogant, too.”>

You’re right.   Listen   <“I think the garden needs more water.” – “You’re right. I can help you with watering.”>

Right you are!   Listen   <“Some things are getting more expensive.” – “Right you are! Many things are not affordable anymore.”>

You’re right on the money.   Listen   A “You are absolutely right.”   <“I heard your speech on the current economic situation. You are right on the money.”>

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6.3   When you express agreement with a speaker’s point

 

It’s to the point.   Listen   A “It expresses the main idea precisely.”   <“I like the conclusion of your speech. It’s to the point.”>

I agree.   Listen   <“Our investment in alternative sources of energy will be profitable.” – “I agree.”>

I agree with you one hundred per cent.   Listen   <“We have to keep looking for alternative sources of energy.” – “I agree with you one hundred percent.”>

That’s right.   Listen   A “What you said is right.”   <“Solar power is a promising alternative source of energy.” – “That’s right.”>

That’s for certain.   Listen   <“Deep-ocean oil drilling is an environmental threat.” – “That’s for certain.”>

That’s for sure.   Listen   <“We can’t burn oil eternally.” – “That’s for sure.”>

That’s true.   Listen   <“Oil and natural gas are in limited supply on the planet.” – “That’s true.”>

That goes without saying.   Listen   A “It is so true that we don’t need to discuss it. That is beyond question.”   <“Success is usually the result of diligent work.” – “Oh, that goes without saying.”>

There’s no doubt about it.   Listen   A “It cannot be questioned. It’s certain.”   <“Burning of fossil fuels results in global pollution.” – “There is no doubt about it.”>

Without a doubt.   Listen   <“Pollution should be stopped before we all get poisoned with industrial waste.” – “Without a doubt. The sooner, the better.”>

I accept that.   Listen   A “I agree with what you said.”   <“Alternative sources of energy can only supplement fossil fuel, but not substitute it completely.” – “I accept that.”>

I have no problem with that.   Listen   A “I don’t disagree with that.”   <“I will show you some calculations that demonstrate the effectiveness of solar panels.” – “Please do. I have no problem with that.”>

I can’t argue with that.   Listen   A “I can’t dispute what you said.”   <“The more plastic bottles we recycle, the more trees we save.” – “I can’t argue with that.”>

That’s a good idea.   Listen   <“We’ve got to produce more solar power in the southern part of the U.S.” – “That’s a good idea.”>

Well said.   Listen   A “You said it well.”   <“Our planet is not a trash can.” – “Well said!”>

You said it!   Listen   A “You said it well.”   <“Our environmental movement has a terrific leader.” – “You said it!”>

I’ll drink to that!   Listen   A “I salute what you said.”   <“One day, all the cars in the world will be environmentally friendly.” – “I’ll drink to that!”>

I wish I’d said that.   Listen   A “I wish this cleaver idea belonged to me.”   <“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” – “I wish I’d said that.” – “I wish I had said it first.”>

You took the words right out of my mouth.   Listen   A “I just wanted to say that.”   <“This new legislation is just a beginning.” – “You took the words right out of my mouth. We have to push the government in the right direction.”>

That’s what I say.   Listen   A “I agree with what has just been said and I am ready to say it myself.”   <“Humanity is responsible for the environment.” – “That’s what I say. We all are responsible.”>

You can say that again.   Listen   A “You are so right that you can repeat your words.”   <“Boy, this air is clean.” – “You can say that again. I like to walk by the sea.”>

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6.4   When you express like-mindedness

 

So do I.   Listen   A “I do too.”   <“I believe preservation of nature is important.” – “So do I. I believe it’s vital.”>

Me too.   Listen   A “I do too. I am too. I feel the same.”   <“The State adopted a new water conservation program. I like it.” – “Me too. I am going to write them a letter.”>

That makes two of us.   Listen   A “You and I agree on that matter.”   <“They issued a new report on National Parks. I find their conclusions incorrect.” – “That makes two of us. I want to verify their data.”>

I’m with you.   Listen   A “I am of your opinion on this matter.”   <“The government should play a vital role in the protection of our environment.” – “I’m with you. Activities of private business should be regulated.”>

I’m like you.   Listen   A “You and I have something in common.”   <“I like to walk by the sea.” – “I’m like you. I like fresh air.”>

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6.5   When you express agreement because of your full awareness

 

Don’t I know it!   Listen   A “I know it myself.”   <“The typical summer is hot and damp in New York City.” – “Don’t I know it! I was born in New York.”>

You’re telling me!   Listen   A “I know it well because I experienced it myself.”   <“The greenhouse effect is killing African animals in summer.” – “You’re telling me! In summer, it’s killing people in New York City.”>

Tell me about it!   Listen   A “I sympathize with you because I have my own negative experience with it.”   <“One of my girls is getting married. It’s a hectic time in our family.” – “Tell me about it! I remember my daughter’s wedding.”>

Don’t say it!   Listen   A “I know it pretty well, so you don’t need to say it.”   <“Bob, your white shirt is very dirty.” – “Oh, don’t say it! Some guy poured his coffee on me in the cafeteria.”>

You don’t say.   Listen   <“Oh, my! Taxes are getting higher and higher.” – “You don’t say. At the same time, wages aren’t growing.”>

I’ve been there.   Listen   A “I know it pretty well because I went through it myself.”   <“I hate Friday business meetings. They are so boring.” – “I know what you mean. I’ve been there.”>

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