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6 Everyday Conversational Expressions Positive Attitude p.2

 

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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

 

Its fine. Listen <It might be cold at night. Im getting another blanket for you. OK, its fine.>

Its 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? Its fine with me. Ask the others in our group, though.>

I think its fine. Listen <Bill, I want to do the childrens room in yellow and orange. Yes, dear. I think its fine.>

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

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

Why not? Listen A I dont 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 dont 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 dont forget to discard the old magazines you are keeping in the closet.>

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

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

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

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

It works for me. Listen <Do you mind if I cancel your doctors appointment tomorrow? I dont think you can make it. Ill schedule a new one. It works for me. Schedule it for the next week.>

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

Itll 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? Itll do. I can see it.>

Itll serve the purpose. Listen <I only have large nails and a small hammer. Give me the hammer. Let me take a look. I think, itll 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. Its kind of cool.>

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

Its great. Listen <How do you like your new bicycle? Its great. I like it.>

Its wonderful. Listen <What can you tell us about your new school? Its wonderful. Ive made a few friends already.>

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

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

Its a masterpiece. Listen <Do you like Vivaldis Four Seasons? Oh, yes! Its a masterpiece.>

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

Its excellent. Listen <What do you think about my chocolate cake? Its excellent. Youre a great cook.>

Ive never seen anything like it. Listen <Look at this Redwood tree! It is so thick and tall. Youre right. Ive never seen anything like it.>

Thats just what I needed. Listen <This power tool is six-in-one. It is very handy and versatile. Thats just what I needed. Ill 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 cant beat that. Listen A Nobody can offer anything better. (Here you may be impersonal and mean one) <Look at this wonderful view! You cant beat that.>

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

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6.7 When you agree with a point with some reservations

 

I guess. Listen <It looks like its 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. Dont 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, its 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 Ive heard your point, but I have doubts. <I think we need to make a decision. I hear you. But I dont think we are ready yet.>

I hear what youre saying. Listen <A time has come to do something about it. I hear what youre 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. <Arent 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 dont 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. <Im telling you, this is the best car of the year. If you say so.>

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

Have it your way. Listen A Do it your way although I dont 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 dont match.>

Be my guest. Listen A Do it the way you want although I cant approve of it. <I think I want to quit my job. Its boring. Really? OK, be my guest. But dont complain later when you run out of money.>

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6.9 When you confirm that something is a done deal

 

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

Its a sure thing. Listen <The agreement will be signed tomorrow. Its a sure thing.>

Its for sure. Listen <The transaction will be finalized soon. Its for sure.>

Its certain. Listen <We are moving to Arizona. Its certain.>

Its in the bag. Listen A I am sure I caught it. <My job interview was successful. I got the job. Its 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.”>

Its been settled once and for all. Listen A It has been done finally and permanently. <Both sides are in agreement now. Its 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 <Its going to rain. I dont 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

 

Its going to happen. Listen <They will sign the contract. Its going to happen.>

Theres no doubt in my mind. Listen <Youre so smart. You will be promoted soon. Theres no doubt in my mind.>

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

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

Whats to go wrong? Listen <We are the strongest team in town. We will win the championship. Whats 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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