7 Everyday Conversational Expressions Negative Attitude p.4


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


7.15 When you demonstrate indifference in a sarcastic manner


What makes you think I care? Listen <The stock market lost a hundred points today. What makes you think I care? I dont play with stocks.>

Do you really think I care? Listen <Ive had enough. Im leaving. Do you really think I care?>

Frankly, my dear, I dont give a damn. Listen <Dont tell her that. She might get angry with you. Frankly, my dear, I dont give a damn. Her opinion about me is the least of my concerns.>

Good for you! Listen <I got punished for what I hadnt done! Good for you! Now you know that therere punishments of all sorts.>

Im happy for you. Listen <Its unfair! Im happy for you. Now you know that the world is unfair.>

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7.16 When you express sympathy in a sarcastic manner


Oh, you poor thing. Listen <I took the last piece of cake. Did you want it? Oh, you poor thing!>

Oh, poor baby. Listen <Oh, poor baby. Youve been driving all night. Well, go to bed now and have a good sleep.>

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7.17 When a point or action is unimportant


Its not important. Listen <What are we going to do about your birthday? I dont care. Its not important.>

It doesnt matter. Listen A It is so unimportant that nobody cares. <What do you want me to give you as a birthday present? It doesnt matter. We have other concerns.>

It isnt worth it. Listen A It is so unimportant that it does not deserve the concern involved. <I tried to find facts to support this theory. Dont bother. It isnt worth it. This theory is just erroneous.>

It isnt worthwhile. Listen A It does not deserve the time it requires. <Do you think I need to impress this customer by taking him out to a fancy restaurant? No, I dont. It isnt worthwhile. Youre a young salesman. Even if you lose this customer, there will always be another one.>

It isnt worth my while. Listen <I decided to cancel my business trip. It isnt worth my while.>

It isnt worth mentioning. Listen A It is so unimportant that it does not deserve attention. <Yes, I had an accident. Its no big deal, though. It isnt worth mentioning.>

Its not worth the trouble. Listen A It is so unimportant that it does not deserve the effort involved. <Do you want me to clean this rug? Dont bother about it. It isnt worth the trouble. Im going to throw it away.>

Its no big deal. Listen A Its not really an important thing. <Youve got a bruise? Its no big deal. Ive got a scar.>

Youre just wasting my time. Listen A Its a loss of time. Ive got more important things to do. <Listen, Im not interested in your story. You are just wasting my time.>

Dont waste my time. Listen A Dont take up my valuable time with whatever you want to do or tell me. <I would like to demonstrate our new product line to you. Dont waste my time. Im not interested.>

Dont waste your time. Listen A Even if you spend your time on me, you wont get a positive response. <I still want to convince you to reconsider your decision. Dont waste your time. My decision is final.>

What does that prove? Listen A What important conclusion can be drawn out of that? That does not mean much. <Professor, there are few examples that contradict the theory. What does that prove? Those examples are exceptions that confirm the rule.>

What about it? Listen A Why does it matter? <I heard you had had an accident. Yes? What about it?>

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7.18 When you demean a speakers point by humiliating a speaker


Who are you? Listen A Are you so important that what you say has value? <All youre saying is simply wrong. Who are you? Who are you to talk to me like that?>

Says who? Listen A Why do you think you are so important that I need to agree with you? <Your music is garbage. Nobody is going to listen to it. Says who? Ill thank you to keep your opinions to yourself.>

Says you! Listen A Its just you who says that, and nobody else, so thats not really important. <This book is just pulp fiction. Says you! My sister has a different opinion.>

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7.19 When what you do has higher priority


I'm busy. Listen A Dont disturb me. I cant take care of your problems now. <I cant deal with your petty complaints now. Im busy!>

I've got work to do. Listen <Can we talk about it some other time? Ive got work to do.>

Ive got better things to do. Listen A There are more important things that I have to spend my time on. (used with have got or have) <You didnt attend the meeting yesterday. They often waste time on petty issues. Ive got better things to do.>

I have bigger fish to fry. Listen A Ive got more important things to do. <I dont have time to attend to your needs now. I have bigger fish to fry.>

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7.20 When you reject something


No, thank you. Listen A No, I dont need it. <Would you like something to drink? No, thank you. Im fine.>

Not right now. Listen A No, I dont need it now, but I expect you will ask me again later. <Would you care for another piece of pie? Not right now, thank you.>

Perhaps a little later. Listen A No, I dont need it now, but there is a chance I might need it later. <Would you like a cup of tea now? Perhaps a little later, thank you.>

Thanks, but no thanks. Listen A I appreciate your offer, but I dont need it. <Do you think you might need my old bicycle? Thanks, but no thanks. Id rather have a new one.>

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7.21 When you express displeasure with a thing


Thats not what I had in mind. Listen <Thank you for your demonstration. Thats not what I had in mind.>

That doesnt fit the bill. Listen A That does not comply with my requirements. <Do you have butter? No, I dont. Here is some cooking oil, though. That doesnt fit the bill. I need dairy butter for sandwiches.>

That doesnt fill the bill. Listen <Do you like this blue blouse? M-m That doesnt fill the bill. I need a blouse to match my red skirt.>

That doesnt quite suit me. Listen <I need a rope Here is a string. That doesnt quite suit me. I need a thick, strong rope.>

Thats not what its cracked up to be. Listen A That is not what it is believed to be. <I have a company car. But thats not what its cracked up to be. I need a robust four-wheel drive suitable for the country road.>

Ive seen better. Listen A There are better things than this one which makes this one unacceptable. <What do you think about this dress? Ive seen better. Dont buy this one.>

I dont like it. Listen <Do you want this toy? No. I dont like it.>

I dont care for it. Listen <Would you care for a piece of cake? No, I dont care for it.>

I cant stand it. Listen A I dont tolerate it. <Why are you putting on this old dress? I cant stand it.>

I hate it. Listen <They want me to play for a losing team. I hate it. This game is lost already.>

I need it like a hole in the head. Listen A I dont need it at all. <Do I need a dog? I need it like a hole in the head. The last dog I had ate a hole in my favorite hat.>

Its second-rate. Listen A This thing is of inferior quality. <Do you read this magazine? No. Its second-rate.>

Its not my style. Listen A Its not the style I like. <Do you like this wig? No. Its not my style.>

Its not for me. Listen <Do you like this gaudy style? No, its not for me. I prefer convenience and simplicity.>

Its ugly. Listen <Mom, I cant wear the bathing suit you bought for me. Its ugly.>

Its awful. Listen <Are you going to wear this dress? No. Its awful.>

Its terrible. Listen <Mother, Im calling you from my car. I got stuck in traffic on a major freeway. Its terrible. We all are waiting for you for dinner.>

Its hideous. Listen <What do you think of this new video clip? Its hideous. The music is chaotic and the lyrics dont make sense.>

Its dreadful. Listen <A major storm is approaching the California coast. Its dreadful. We cant go to the beach anymore.>

To hell with that! Listen A I reject it completely. <The company needs me to work longer hours for the same lousy pay. To hell with that! I wont do that.>

Good-bye and good riddance. Listen A I am pleased this thing is gone. <Im so glad you finally threw away your old bicycle. Good-bye and good riddance.>

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