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7                                              Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Negative Attitude p.2

 

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* 7 Negative Attitude in a Conversation (p.2 of 4)

 

7.5   When you express disbelief

 

I don’t believe that.   Listen   <“Arctic ice isn’t melting anymore.” – “I don’t believe that. Scientific data confirms melting.”>

I find that hard to believe.   Listen   <“Martha and Thomas are together again.” – “I find that hard to believe. I remember the scandal well.”>

I find that hard to imagine.   Listen   <“Scientists predict climatic changes in Europe.” – “I find that hard to imagine. What could cause those changes?”>

I find it hard to swallow.   Listen   AI find it hardly believable.”   <“Your story doesn’t sound right. I find it hard to swallow.”>

I’ll believe it when I see it.   Listen   <“So, you are saying they will build a base on the Moon? I’ll believe it when I see it.”>

I remain skeptical.   Listen   <“You think the government will raise taxes at the time of recession? I remain skeptical.”>

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7.6   When you express disbelief with a question

 

Are you serious?   Listen   ASince this is so unbelievable, I have to make sure that you are not joking.”   <“I’m going to quit my job. It’s too boring.” – “Are you serious? Do you have another source of income?”>

Are you for real?   Listen   <“If economy doesn’t improve in California, I will have to look for work elsewhere.” – “Are you for real?”>

Are you pulling my leg?   Listen   AAre you telling a lie? Are you joking?”   <“A casting director is inviting me to Hollywood. I’m going to be a movie star.” – “Are you pulling my leg?” – “Here’s the letter. Do you believe me now?”>

Truly?   Listen   <“There were seventy thousand fans at the stadium.” – “Truly?”>

Really?   Listen   <“I’m moving to California.” – “Really?”>

For real?   Listen   <“I’ll be an astronaut.” – “For real?” – “I got accepted by NASA’s training program.”>

For sure?   Listen   <“When I grow up, I want to be a police officer.” – “For sure?”>

No kidding?   Listen   <“When I was in Washington, D.C., I had a chance to shake hands with the President.” – “No kidding?”>

No fooling?   Listen   <“In our garden, I can show you a pear growing on an apple tree.” – “No fooling?” – “Why would I lie? It was done by grafting.”>

Do you expect me to believe that?   Listen   AThis is so unbelievable that you can’t really expect me to believe it, do you?”   <“I’m going to quit college and open a computer business.” – “Do you expect me to believe that?” – “I guess not. But this is what I’m going to do.”>

You don’t expect me to believe that, do you?   Listen   <“I got selected by NASA”. – “You don’t expect me to believe that, do you?”>

You’re not making this up, are you?   Listen   <“Some scientists assert that the Earth is round.” – “You’re not making it us, are you? I can clearly see that the Earth is flat.”>

You’re making this up, aren’t you?   Listen   <“A long time ago, there was a man who could see the future.” – “You’re making this up, aren’t you? What did he foresee?” – “You know, there are different opinions about it.”>

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7.7   When the speaker’s point is outrageous

 

I can’t believe that!   Listen   A “I can’t believe your outrageous statement!”   <“This company used to be a leader in its market segment, and now you’re saying it’s closing its doors? I can’t believe that!”>

How dumb do you think I am?   Listen   A “How stupid do I need to be to believe you?”   <“So, you’re saying that you got drunk, and the next morning you woke up in another town. How dumb do you think I am?”>

I wasn’t born yesterday!   Listen   AI have sufficient experience. It is hard to make me believe.”   <“What are you trying to convince me of? I wasn’t born yesterday!”>

You make me laugh.   Listen   A “Your statement is so ridiculous that it makes me laugh.”   <“I am opening my own business.” – “You? A business? You make me laugh.”>

Don’t make me laugh!   Listen   <“You are late for work again.” – “I was up all night with a sick friend.” – “Don’t make me laugh!”>

You can’t be serious!   Listen   A “Your statement is so ridiculous that I don’t think you are serious.”   <“I’ll be a millionaire by the age of forty.” – “With your attitude towards money? You can’t be serious!”>

Give me a break!   Listen   A “Give me a rest from your fantasies.”   <“I’m going to quit my job and join a moving circus.” – “What? Give me a break!”>

You’re kidding.   Listen   A “You are trying to deceive me.”   <“I’m getting married.” – “You’re kidding. You’re still in college.”>

You’ve got to be kidding!   Listen   <“Do you know that the temperature in Antarctica is always below the freezing point?” – “You’ve got to be kidding! How do people live there?” – “People don’t live in Antarctica.”>

You’ve got to be kidding me!   Listen   <“Your daughter is pregnant.” – “You’ve got to be kidding me! She is only nineteen!”>

Get out of here!   Listen   A “Leave me alone and give me a rest from your fantasies.”   <“I’m late for work because a giant gorilla is loose in the city.”– “Get out of here! How dumb do you think I am?>

Get out of town!   Listen   <“I’m going to win a lottery.”– “Get out of town! Do you know the odds?”>

Come on! or C’mon!   Listen   AStop saying things like that!”   <“Our boys are playing against these professionals tomorrow.” – “Do you really believe these suckers have a chance against experienced veterans? Come on!”>

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7.8   When you want to sound sarcastic about the speaker’s point

 

Thank you for sharing.   Listen   AI mockingly thank you for an annoying remark.”   <“Thank you for sharing. I really need to hear that.”>

I’m so glad you told us that.   Listen   <“Such a wonderful story! I’m so glad you told us that.”>

Isn’t that special?   Listen   <“You told us every detail! Isn’t that special?”>

Is that right?   Listen   A “I hear your declaration, but I don’t believe it.”   <“I found several errors in your recent article.” – “Is that right? Why don’t you tell us about those errors?”>

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7.9   When you don’t like what the speaker is saying

 

What right do you have to say that?   Listen   <“This TV anchor is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.” – “What right do you have to say that? I like him. And he has a high rating.”>

How could you say such a thing?   Listen   <“You stole money from me!” – “How could you say such a thing? No, I didn’t. And you don’t have any proof.”>

Why would you say such a thing?   Listen   <“I like to read The Washington Post.” – “Why would you say such a thing? I write for The Los Angeles Times.” – “I was joking. You are my favorite journalist, darling.”>

That’s easy for you to say.   Listen   A “You can say that easily because it isn’t you who has to deal with an issue.”   <“This project turned out to be more expensive than we had anticipated. Then, why don’t we spend more money on it?” – “That’s easy for you to say. It’s not your money you’re offering to spend.”>

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