20 Everyday Conversational Expressions Unpleasant Conversations p.2


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* 20 Unpleasant Conversations (p.2 of 5)


20.6 When you stop a person from being annoying


Would you stop that? Listen A Why dont you stop being annoying? <Jimmy, your childish antics arent amusing. Would you stop that?>

Could you please stop doing that? Listen <Why are you teasing the cat? Could you please stop doing that?>

Must you do that? Listen <You keep putting me down in front of my colleagues. Must you do that?>

Must you continue to do that? Listen <You keep asking my friends and relatives if Im still loyal to you. It embarrasses me. Must you continue to do that?>

Have you got ants in your pants? Listen A Why are you annoyingly nervous? <Why dont you keep your offensive remarks to yourself? Have you got ants in your pants?>

That's really bothersome. Listen <You are always critical of me. Thats really bothersome.>

That's really bothering me. Listen <You are watching television without interruption. Thats really bothering me.>

That's really bugging me. Listen A That is really annoying. <You are asking me the same question again and again. Thats really bugging me.>

That's really annoying. Listen <Why are you laughing like crazy? Thats really annoying.>

It's really irritating. Listen <Youve been talking on the phone all day. Its really irritating.>

That's making me crazy. Listen <You are taunting me all the time. Thats making me crazy.>

That's grating on my nerves. Listen <Stop playing your silly guitar. Thats grating on my nerves.>

That's getting on my nerves. Listen <Stop whistling all the time. Thats getting on my nerves.>

That's driving me nuts. Listen A Your annoying actions are forcing me into the state of insanity. <Stop calling me every fifteen minutes. Thats driving me nuts.>

Enough, already! Listen A You have already reached the limit! <Can you ever be serious? Enough, already!>

Enough of this foolishness! Listen A Stop this stupid behavior! <Stop teasing me. You know I dont like it. Enough of this foolishness!>

Ive had enough of this! Listen A I will not take this anymore! <Stop picking on me. Ive had enough of this!>

Ive had it up to here with you. Listen <Your pranks are really annoying. Ive had it up to here with you.>

Cut it out! Listen A Stop doing or saying that! <All right, you guys! Cut it out! Get to work!>

Knock it off! Listen <OK, you clowns! Knock it off! Get moving!>

Come on! Listen A Stop behaving like that! <Come on, man! Do you really need to be so obnoxious?>

Come off it! Listen A Stop acting this way! <James, come off it! You are not the Queen of England.>

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20.7 When you stop a person from being boring or dull


Must you harp on the same string? Listen A Do you need to be a bore? <Youre going on and on with your old complaints. Must you harp on the same string?>

Must you keep harping on that? Listen <I told you I admit my mistake. Must you keep harping on that? Youre driving me mad.>

Must you dwell on the subject? Listen <Youre being really repetitious with your dull criticism. Must you dwell on the subject?>

Don't be such a stick-in-the-mud. Listen A Dont be such a boring person. <Turn down your monotonous music. Dont be such a stick-in-the-mud.>

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20.8 When you stop a person from being unpleasant


Don't be so grumpy. Listen <Youre talking all the time about how much better life was when you were a kid. Dont be so grumpy.>

Don't be so grouchy. Listen <I told you I would go with you to the zoo on Sunday. Dont be so grouchy.>

Don't be such a grouch. Listen <You are complaining about almost everything I do for you. Dont be such a grouch.>

Don't be such a crab. Listen <Who will pay your bills? What kind of question is that? You will! Dont be such a crab.>

Stop griping. Listen <You have much work? Thats good. Stop griping. Would it be better is you were unemployed?>

Stop sulking. Listen <Consider the punishment you are receiving as edification. Stop sulking.>

Stop pouting. Listen <Did you have a fight with your boyfriend? I bet you, you started the fight first. Stop pouting.>

Stop complaining. Listen <So, youre not entirely happy with your family life? Well, marriage is like military service. A lot of people want to quit, but you would be surprised at how many re-enlist. Stop complaining.>

Quit complaining. Listen <The gardener is mowing the lawn. Naturally, he is making noise. Quit complaining.>

Quit whining. Listen <If you have energy to complain about something, then you must have energy to do something about it. Quit whining, take action.>

Quit your bitching. Listen <A street vendor didnt take your order? You cant expect everybody to be at your beck and call. Quit your bitching.>

Whats the matter with you? Listen A What make you behave so unpleasantly? <Youve been grouchy all day. Whats the matter with you?>

Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed? Listen A You seem grouchy today. <You seem depressed and moody today. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?>

Somebody didn't get enough sleep. Listen <This morning you threw a slipper at the cat. Then, you kicked the children out of the television room. Finally, you broke a couple of plates in the kitchen. Somebody didnt get enough sleep.>

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20.9 When you are angry with a person and call them mentally inadequate


You're crazy. Listen A You must be crazy to behave like that. <Dont drive so fast. Slow down! Youre crazy.>

You're out of your mind. Listen (used with Youre or Youve got to be) <Its cold. You cant go outside like that. Youre out of your mind.>

You're out of your head. Listen <Did you call my sister to tell her about my accident? Youre out of your head. Now, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.>

You're nuts. Listen <Look at this stormy weather. Do you want to swim in the sea now? Youre nuts.>

Youre nutty as a fruitcake. Listen <Youve lost a thousand dollars in Las Vegas, havent you? Youre nutty as a fruitcake.>

You're a freak. Listen <Did you get drunk and make advances to the bosss wife at the Christmas party? Youre a freak.>

You've gone over the edge. Listen <Whenever I try to do something for you, you yell at me. Youve gone over the edge.>

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