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7                                              Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Negative Attitude p.1

 

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* 7 Negative Attitude in a Conversation (p.1 of 4)

 

7.1   When you express disagreement with a speaker

 

No.   Listen   <“Do you agree with me?” – “No. I don’t agree with you.”>

I disagree.   Listen   <“I told you how I see the situation.” – “I disagree. You are wrong about everything.”>

I disagree completely.   Listen   <“What do you think?” – “I disagree completely.”>

I couldn’t disagree with you more.   Listen   <“Do you see now what I mean? Do you understand my way of thinking?” – “I couldn’t disagree with you more.”>

I beg to differ.   Listen   A “I allow myself to disagree with you.”   <“These are potential negative consequences of our procrastination.” – “I beg to differ. The negative consequences will be much worse.”>

You’re really stretching the truth.   Listen   <“I’m sure you see now where the truth is.” – “You’re really stretching the truth.”>

You’re wrong.   Listen   <“Am I right?” – “No, you’re wrong.”>

You’re dead wrong.   Listen   <“Am I making sense?” – “No. You’re dead wrong.”>

Wrong!   Listen   <“That’s the truth. Right?” – “Wrong!”>

You’re way off base.   Listen   <“Do you agree with what I’m saying?” – “You’re way off base.”>

No way.   Listen   A “There is no way it will happen.”   <“Can you lend me some money?” – “You? No way!”>

Not a chance.   Listen   A “There is no chance it will happen.”   <“I still believe our team can win.” – “Not a chance! They have already lost.”>

There’s no chance.   Listen   <“Do you think your sister can return to her ex-husband?” – “There is no chance. She is already dating another man.”>

Absolutely not.   Listen   A “I strongly disagree. It’s absolutely not so.”   <“Can I skip my payment this month?” – “Absolutely not. You’ve got to pay your rent on time.”>

Definitely not.   Listen   A “I strongly disagree. It’s definitely not so.”   <“Can I borrow your car tonight?” – “Definitely not! You are going to a bar to get drunk.”>

Certainly not.   Listen   A “I strongly disagree. It’s certainly not so.”   <“Have you ever cheated on your wife?” – “Certainly not! What are you talking about?”>

Not at all.   Listen   A “It’s completely not so.”   <“Does our music bother you?” – “Not at all. Keep playing. I like it.”>

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7.2   When you express disagreement with the speaker’s point or information

 

That’s not entirely true.   Listen   A “At least a good portion of what you are saying is not correct.”   <“Desert plants shed leaves in summer.” – “That’s not entirely true. Some plants keep their leaves all year round.”>

Not always.   Listen   A “That is not true at least sometimes.”   <“Typically, a husband is taller than a wife.” – “Not always. That’s not the case in my cousin’s family.”>

Not anymore.   Listen   A “That is no longer true.”   <“I remember, your sister lives on Main Street.” – “Not anymore. She moved out of town last summer.”>

That’s not the way I heard it.   Listen   A “Your interpretation is different from what I heard.”   <“The airplane couldn’t take off because of the storm.” – “That’s not the way I heard it. The airplane had technical problems.”>

That’s not right.   Listen   <“Why do you say the government is overspending? That’s not right.”>

That’s not true.   Listen   A “What you are saying is false.”   <“Yesterday I was sick.” – “That’s not true. Yesterday I saw you on the beach.”>

On the contrary,…   Listen   A “Contrary to what you have just said.”   <“There’s a rumor the Senator is not well.” – “On the contrary, he is well and now travelling across the country.”>

I can’t accept that.   Listen   A “It’s impossible to agree with what you said.”   <“Your argument is irrelevant to our discussion. I can’t accept that.”>

You’ve got that wrong.   Listen   A “You have understood that information incorrectly.”   <“The teacher told us that the whale is the largest fish on the planet.” – “You’ve got it wrong. The whale is the largest animal, not a fish.”>

You’ve got it all wrong.   Listen   <“There are only two species that live permanently in the polar areas of the Earth. The penguin lives in the North Pole and the white bear lives in the South Pole.” – “You’ve got it all wrong. It’s the other way around.”>

You’ve got the facts wrong.   Listen   <“Is it true that there are three Senators from each State in the U.S. Senate? Therefore, there should be 150 Senators in the Senate.” – “You’ve got the facts wrong. There are two Senators from each State in the U.S. Senate. You can count the total number yourself.”>

You’ve got your facts wrong.   Listen   <“Amerigo Vespucci discovered America. Columbus discovered Columbia. Is that right?” – “You’ve got your facts wrong. Learn better.”>

You haven’t got the facts.   Listen   <“Please stop talking to the media about this criminal case.” – “Why?” – “You haven’t got the facts.”>

I don’t think you’ve got your facts straight.   Listen   <The detective told the suspect, “Your testimony is confusing. I don’t think you’ve got your facts straight.”>

You don’t know what you’re talking about.   Listen   <“You don’t have any background in this area,nor have you any formal education. You don’t know what you are talking about.”>

You don’t know the first thing about it.   Listen   <“I want to tell you about growing up in the country.” – “You don’t know the first thing about it. You grew up in the city.”>

That’s not the case.   Listen   A “That’s not what the actual situation is.”   <“You insist it was an accident. But that’s not the case.”>

You’re putting a spin on the facts.   Listen   A “You are distorting the facts to your advantage.”   <“You’re putting a spin on the facts. Read the report one more time. It clearly states what really happened.”>

That’s a lie.   Listen   <“Honey, I didn’t kiss your brother romantically.” – “That’s a lie. I saw it.”>

You’re lying through your teeth.   Listen   <“I have never stolen money from you.” – “You are lying through your teeth.”>

Nonsense!   Listen   <“You know, scientists claim that the Earth is round.” – “Nonsense! Don’t you see it is flat?”>

Baloney!   Listen   <“The government has put a cap on spending.” – “Baloney! The government is spending money like crazy.”>

That’s a bunch of baloney.   Listen   <“The Government keeps talking about improving employment.” – “That’s a bunch of baloney. My cousin lost his job last week.”>

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7.3   When you express disagreement with a suggestion or offer

 

I’m afraid not.   Listen   AI believe that the answer is negative.”   <“Are you going to provide any financial support?” – “I’m afraid not.”>

I’d rather not.   Listen   AI would like to avoid that.”   <“Do you think we can go to the party together?” – “I’d rather not.”>

I don’t think so.   Listen   <“I still believe this team has a chance to win.” – “I don’t think so.”>

I doubt it.   Listen   A “I don’t think it’s likely.”   <“There might be a chance of rain.” – “I doubt it. Look at this bright sun.”>

I guess not.   Listen   A “I believe it’s not the case.”   <“Is you brother serious about taking a job at a fast food restaurant?” – “I guess not. He is going to college.”>

I suppose not.   Listen   <“Our train may arrive late.” – “I suppose not. Look how fast it is travelling.”>

It’s not likely.   Listen   A “It’s not likely to happen.”   <“European climate might change in time.” – “It’s not likely. The Gulf Stream is stabilizing it.”>

I wouldn’t count on it.   Listen   A “I wouldn’t rely on it. It’s not likely to happen.”   <“I’ll buy tickets right at the theater”. – “I wouldn’t count on it. The show may be sold out well in advance.”>

I wouldn’t bet on it.   Listen   <“So, who’s going to give you money for a new motorcycle?” – “Grandma.” – “I wouldn’t bet on it. She is a very rational woman.”>

Sorry, it won’t work.   Listen   <“I was cheated out of twenty dollars. Do you think I need to file a complaint?” – “Sorry, it won’t work. You’ll spend a lot of time and still never see your money.”>

Forget it.   Listen   A “It’s so unlikely you better stop thinking about it.”   <“Why don’t we try to reduce our prices to grab a larger market share?” – “Forget it! Our competition has more room for price reduction.”>

That’s out of the question.   Listen   A “It is so wrong it cannot even be discussed.”   <“Why don’t we swim across the river? It’s fun!” – “It’s out of the question. This river is dangerous.”>

That’s unthinkable.   Listen   <“Who will raise taxes in this economy? That’s unthinkable!”>

That’s insane.   Listen   <“You can’t drive in this kind of weather. That’s insane.”>

Only in your dreams!   Listen   <“Will you marry me?” – “Only in your dreams!”>

Dream on!   Listen   AKeep fantasizing about your desires!”   <“I’ll be a movie star.” – “Dream on.”>

Not in your wildest dreams.   Listen   AIt’s not going to happen even in your boldest fantasies.”   <“I will never love you. Not in your wildest dreams.”>

You wish!   Listen   A “You wish it was true, but it is not.”   <“There is a lot of well-paying jobs in this town. And I’m going to get one.” – “You wish! In this economy a good job is hard to come by.”>

You’re out of luck.   Listen   <“Give me some pie, will you?” – “You’re out of luck. We don’t have any.”>

Over my dead body!   Listen   <“I think your son wants to marry that girl.” – “No! Never! Over my dead body!”>

Never in my life!   Listen   AAbsolutely never!”   <“Are you going to return to your uncle’s home?” – “Never in my life!”>

Not in a thousand years!   Listen   <“Will you ever forgive your friend?” – “Not in a thousand years!”>

A thousand times no!   Listen   AAbsolutely not!”   <“Why don’t you get along with your cousin? The old incident is forgotten.” – “No, a thousand times no!”>

I’d rather die.   Listen   AI don’t want it at all.”   <“Why don’t you get reconciled with your brother? – “No way! I’d rather die.”>

I’d sooner die.   Listen   <“Can you forgive your ex-husband?” – “After all he has done? I’d sooner die.”>

Under no circumstances.   Listen   ANo ever.”   <“Are you going to submit your application one more time?” – “Under no circumstances will I do that again.”>

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7.4   When you are reluctant to accept a suggestion or offer

 

Well, if I have to.   Listen   <“Johnson, we need you to go to our Nevada site. There may be a technical problem there.” – “Well, if I have to.”>

Well, if you insist.   Listen   <“Go first. Age before beauty.” – “Well, if you insist.”>

Well, if you really think so.   Listen   <“You should consider professional acting. You’ve got talent.” – “Well, if you really think so.”>

Well, if you really want me to.   Listen   <“Why don’t you go to the party with me?” – “Well, if you really want me to.”>

It doesn’t sound like I have a choice.   Listen   <“Johnson, I need you to complete these drawings by Friday.” – “It doesn’t sound like I have a choice. I’ll do my best, boss.”>

I’ve got no choice.   Listen   <“Under your management the company went into bankruptcy. Here’s your resignation application. Please sign.” – “Obviously, I’ve got no choice.”>

I have no alternative.   Listen   <“We have to exit here.” – “But we always exit at the next exit.” – “The next exit is currently closed due to road construction.” – “I see. I have no alternative.”>

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