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


6.6�� When you express acceptance of a thing, offer or suggestion


It�s fine.�� Listen�� <�It might be cold at night. I�m getting another blanket for you.� � �OK, it�s fine.�>

It�s fine with me.�� Listen�� A �It is acceptable as far as I am concerned.� ��<�Do you care if we get mineral water rather than soda pop?� � �It�s fine with me. Ask the others in our group, though.�>

I think it�s fine.�� Listen�� <�Bill, I want to do the children�s room in yellow and orange.� � �Yes, dear. I think it�s fine.�>

It suits me fine.�� Listen�� A �It is acceptable to me.� ��<�Let�s walk to the grocery store. I don�t want to take a car this time.� � �It suits me fine. Let me put my walking shoes on.�>

That�s OK with me.�� Listen�� <�I want to go to the beach today.� � �That�s OK with me. To what beach are we going?�>

Why not?�� Listen�� A �I don�t see any reason to object. I accept it.� ��<�Do you want to go for a walk?� � �Why not? Where do you want to go?�>

With pleasure.�� Listen�� A �I will do it with my eager consent.� ��<�Why don�t you throw away your old shoes?� � �With pleasure. Do you need to throw out anything else?�>

With my blessing.�� Listen�� A �Do it with my consent.� ��<�Can I throw away this old rug?� � �With my blessing. And don�t forget to discard the old magazines you are keeping in the closet.�>

It�s satisfactory.�� Listen�� A �It is acceptable.� ��<�Is your new lawn mower OK?� � �It�s satisfactory. It suits its purpose.�>

It�s good enough.�� Listen�� <�How do you like his new movie?� � �It�s good enough. The public likes it.�>

I�ve seen worse.�� Listen�� A �There are worse things than this one which makes this one acceptable.��� < �What do you think about this car?� � �I�ve seen worse. But this one is far from the best.�>

Not bad.�� Listen�� AI believe it is satisfactory. It is good.��� <�How do you rate your new washing machine?� � �Not bad. It�s better than my old one.�>

It works for me.�� Listen�� <�Do you mind if I cancel your doctor�s appointment tomorrow? I don�t think you can make it. I�ll schedule a new one.� � �It works for me. Schedule it for the next week.�>

It�ll work.�� Listen�� <�I bought you a new vacuum cleaner to clean carpets and rugs. What do you think?� � �It�ll work. Thank you.�>

It�ll do.�� Listen�� A �It will do the job.��� <�I have to get to the top of the window to clean it. What do you think about this ladder? Is it long enough?� � �It�ll do. I can see it.�>

It�ll serve the purpose.�� Listen�� <�I only have large nails and a small hammer.� � �Give me the hammer. Let me take a look. I think, it�ll serve the purpose.�>

I can live with that.�� Listen�� A �You have my approval. I can gradually get used to it.� ��<�I want to move our bed closer to the window.� � �OK. I can live with that.�>

I’m easy to please.   Listen   A “I accept that because I am not particular.”   <“I’m sorry, Samantha. They didn’t have chocolate ice cream, so I got vanilla for you.” – “That’s fine. I’m easy to please.”>

I like it.�� Listen�� <�This is my new car.� � �I like it. It�s kind of cool.�>

I love it.�� Listen�� <�Have you ever read Jack London�s White Fang?� � �Oh, this is one of my favorite books. I love it.�>

It�s great.�� Listen�� <�How do you like your new bicycle?� � �It�s great. I like it.�>

It�s wonderful.�� Listen�� <�What can you tell us about your new school?� � �It�s wonderful. I�ve made a few friends already.�>

It�s fabulous.�� Listen�� <�You have traveled to Italy a few times. Tell me about that country.� � �It�s fabulous. Italian art and architecture are magnificent.�>

It�s ideal.�� Listen�� <�This painting would look great in our living room.� � �Yes, darling. It�s ideal. I don�t think we have enough money to buy it, though. It�s a Leonardo.�>

It�s a masterpiece.�� Listen�� <�Do you like Vivaldi�s Four Seasons?� � �Oh, yes! It�s a masterpiece.�>

It�s perfect.�� Listen�� <�I like the sound of this violin.� � �You bet! It�s perfect. The violin is a Stradivari.�>

It�s excellent.�� Listen�� <�What do you think about my chocolate cake?� � �It�s excellent. You�re a great cook.�>

I�ve never seen anything like it.�� Listen�� <�Look at this Redwood tree! It is so thick and tall.� � �You�re right. I�ve never seen anything like it.�>

That�s just what I needed.�� Listen�� <�This power tool is six-in-one. It is very handy and versatile.� � �That�s just what I needed. I�ll buy it.�>

That beats everything!�� Listen�� A �That exceeds everything.� ��<�I highly recommend this car to you. It shows the best mileage in its class.� � �That beats everything! I like it.�>

You can�t beat that.�� Listen�� A �Nobody can offer anything better.� ��(Here you may be impersonal and mean one)�� <�Look at this wonderful view! You can�t beat that.�>

You can�t top that.�� Listen�� A �Nobody can do anything better.� ��(Here you may be impersonal and mean one)�� <�My sister had a magnificent wedding. You can�t top that.�>

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6.7�� When you agree with a point with some reservations


I guess.�� Listen�� <�It looks like it�s going to rain.� � �I guess.�>

I suppose.�� Listen�� <�Are they going to give us food on this flight?� � �I suppose.�>

I guess so.�� Listen�� <�Will your uncle attend our wedding?� � �I guess so. He is much better now.�>

I suppose so.   Listen   <“Are we going to show profit this year?” – “I suppose so, unless the market crashes unexpectedly.”>

I believe so.�� Listen�� <�Are we arriving on time?� � �I believe so. What can go wrong?�>

I think so.�� Listen�� <�Are you going to have a vacation this year?� � �I think so, unless something comes up at the last moment.�>

So it seems.�� Listen�� <�So, is it a done deal?� � �So it seems.�>

So it would seem.�� Listen�� <�The only way out of this recession is for the Government to print more dollars.� � �So it would seem. Don�t forget, excessive printing may cause the fall of the dollar and its expulsion from international trade.�>

So it would appear.�� Listen�� <�Technology has made our life better.� � �So it would appear. Technology creates a number of new problems that it has to solve, as a result of which further problems arise.�>

So to speak.�� Listen�� A �As one could say even though it might not be exactly accurate.��� <�Do you believe that Americans are just Europeans who moved across the Atlantic Ocean?� � �So to speak. At least Margaret Thatcher believes so.�>

In a manner of speaking.�� Listen�� A �This could be said although it might not be exactly true.��� <�So, your sister is your financial coach.� � �Yes, in a manner of speaking. She believes she is.�>

Kind of.�� Listen�� A �Yes, to some degree.��� <�Do you like your new schoolteacher? � �Kind of.�>

Sort of.�� Listen�� <�Although this hotel is not fashionable, it�s nice and quaint.� � �Sort of.�>

It depends.�� Listen�� A �The answer may be positive, but it actually depends on a variety of factors.��� <�Are we going to meet again?� � �It depends.�>

I hear you.�� Listen�� A �I�ve heard your point, but I have doubts.��� <�I think we need to make a decision.� � �I hear you. But I don�t think we are ready yet.�>

I hear what you�re saying.�� Listen�� <�A time has come to do something about it.� � �I hear what you�re saying. But what exactly do you want to do?�>

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6.8�� When you agree with a point with indifference or resistance


Anything you say.�� Listen�� A �I acquiesce in anything you say.��� <�Aren�t you going to carry my groceries?� � �Anything you say.�>

Whatever you say.�� Listen�� <�I want you to stop fooling around and start studying.� � �Yes, dad. Whatever you say.�>

As you say.�� Listen�� A �Let it be as you say.��� <�I don�t want to take this phone call. Let the telephone ring.� � �As you say, sir.�>

If you say so.�� Listen�� A �I agree only because you insist.��� <�I�m telling you, this is the best car of the year.� � �If you say so.�>

I�m afraid so.�� Listen�� A �Although I don�t like it, I believe that the answer is positive.��� <�Do you really have to go to war?� � �I�m afraid so. I�m a soldier.�>

Have it your way.�� Listen�� A �Do it your way although I don�t agree with it to some extent.��� <�Do you really like this light pine furniture? I prefer dark oak.� � �OK. Have it your way. Let it be dark oak.�>

Suit yourself.�� Listen�� A �Have it your way.��� <�I like the red skirt and the blue blouse.� � �Suit yourself. But they don�t match.�>

Be my guest.�� Listen�� A �Do it the way you want although I can�t approve of it.��� <�I think I want to quit my job. It�s boring.� � �Really? OK, be my guest. But don�t complain later when you run out of money.�>

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6.9�� When you confirm that something is a done deal


It�s a done deal.�� Listen�� A �This arrangement is complete or can be considered as complete.��� <�Both sides have signed the contract. It�s a done deal.�>

It�s a sure thing.�� Listen�� <�The agreement will be signed tomorrow. It�s a sure thing.�>

It�s for sure.�� Listen�� <�The transaction will be finalized soon. It�s for sure.�>

It�s certain.�� Listen�� <�We are moving to Arizona. It�s certain.�>

It�s in the bag.�� Listen�� A �I am sure I caught it.��� <�My job interview was successful. I got the job. It�s in the bag unless something unexpected happens.�>

It’s as good as done.   Listen   <“They are still counting votes, but the result of the election is already clear. It’s as good as done.”>

It�s been settled once and for all.�� Listen�� A �It has been done finally and permanently.��� <�Both sides are in agreement now. It�s been settled once and for all.�>

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6.10�� When there is a strong reason to do something


All the more reason for doing that.�� Listen�� A �What you have said makes the reason for doing that even stronger.��� <�The English language is officially spoken in many countries.� � �All the more reason for learning it.�>

All the more reason to do that.�� Listen�� <�It�s going to rain. I don�t think we can go to the beach today.� � �All the more reason to stay at home and watch television.�>

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6.11�� When you express confidence in the success of something


It�s going to happen.�� Listen�� <�They will sign the contract. It�s going to happen.�>

There�s no doubt in my mind.�� Listen�� <�You�re so smart. You will be promoted soon. There�s no doubt in my mind.�>

There�s not a doubt in my mind.�� Listen�� <�They are a cute couple. They will have a long, happy life together. There�s not a doubt in my mind.�>

What can go wrong?�� Listen�� <�You are going to pass the test. You�ve been studying for so long. What can go wrong?�>

What�s to go wrong?�� Listen�� <�We are the strongest team in town. We will win the championship. What�s to go wrong?�>

Nothing can go wrong.�� Listen�� <�All systems were tested several times. Our space mission will be successful. Nothing can go wrong.�>

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