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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


It’s fine.   Listen   <“It might be cold at night. I’m getting another blanket for you.” – “OK, it’s fine.”>

It’s 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?” – “It’s fine with me. Ask the others in our group, though.”>

I think it’s fine.   Listen   <“Bill, I want to do the children’s room in yellow and orange.” – “Yes, dear. I think it’s fine.”>

It suits me fine.   Listen   A “It is acceptable to me.”   <“Let’s walk to the grocery store. I don’t want to take a car this time.” – “It suits me fine. Let me put my walking shoes on.”>

That’s OK with me.   Listen   <“I want to go to the beach today.” – “That’s OK with me. To what beach are we going?”>

Why not?   Listen   A “I don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t forget to discard the old magazines you are keeping in the closet.”>

It’s satisfactory.   Listen   A “It is acceptable.”   <“Is your new lawn mower OK?” – “It’s satisfactory. It suits its purpose.”>

It’s good enough.   Listen   <“How do you like his new movie?” – “It’s good enough. The public likes it.”>

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

Not bad.   Listen   AI believe it is satisfactory. It is good.”   <“How do you rate your new washing machine?” – “Not bad. It’s better than my old one.”>

It works for me.   Listen   <“Do you mind if I cancel your doctor’s appointment tomorrow? I don’t think you can make it. I’ll schedule a new one.” – “It works for me. Schedule it for the next week.”>

It’ll work.   Listen   <“I bought you a new vacuum cleaner to clean carpets and rugs. What do you think?” – “It’ll work. Thank you.”>

It’ll 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?” – “It’ll do. I can see it.”>

It’ll serve the purpose.   Listen   <“I only have large nails and a small hammer.” – “Give me the hammer. Let me take a look. I think, it’ll 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. It’s kind of cool.”>

I love it.   Listen   <“Have you ever read Jack London’s White Fang?” – “Oh, this is one of my favorite books. I love it.”>

It’s great.   Listen   <“How do you like your new bicycle?” – “It’s great. I like it.”>

It’s wonderful.   Listen   <“What can you tell us about your new school?” – “It’s wonderful. I’ve made a few friends already.”>

It’s fabulous.   Listen   <“You have traveled to Italy a few times. Tell me about that country.” – “It’s fabulous. Italian art and architecture are magnificent.”>

It’s ideal.   Listen   <“This painting would look great in our living room.” – “Yes, darling. It’s ideal. I don’t think we have enough money to buy it, though. It’s a Leonardo.”>

It’s a masterpiece.   Listen   <“Do you like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons?” – “Oh, yes! It’s a masterpiece.”>

It’s perfect.   Listen   <“I like the sound of this violin.” – “You bet! It’s perfect. The violin is a Stradivari.”>

It’s excellent.   Listen   <“What do you think about my chocolate cake?” – “It’s excellent. You’re a great cook.”>

I’ve never seen anything like it.   Listen   <“Look at this Redwood tree! It is so thick and tall.” – “You’re right. I’ve never seen anything like it.”>

That’s just what I needed.   Listen   <“This power tool is six-in-one. It is very handy and versatile.” – “That’s just what I needed. I’ll 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 can’t beat that.   Listen   A “Nobody can offer anything better.”   (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)   <“Look at this wonderful view! You can’t beat that.”>

You can’t top that.   Listen   A “Nobody can do anything better.”   (Here you may be impersonal and mean one)   <“My sister had a magnificent wedding. You can’t top that.”>

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6.7   When you agree with a point with some reservations


I guess.   Listen   <“It looks like it’s 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. Don’t 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, it’s 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 “I’ve heard your point, but I have doubts.”   <“I think we need to make a decision.” – “I hear you. But I don’t think we are ready yet.”>

I hear what you’re saying.   Listen   <“A time has come to do something about it.” – “I hear what you’re 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.”   <“Aren’t 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 don’t 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.”   <“I’m telling you, this is the best car of the year.” – “If you say so.”>

I’m afraid so.   Listen   A “Although I don’t like it, I believe that the answer is positive.”   <“Do you really have to go to war?” – “I’m afraid so. I’m a soldier.”>

Have it your way.   Listen   A “Do it your way although I don’t 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 don’t match.”>

Be my guest.   Listen   A “Do it the way you want although I can’t approve of it.”   <“I think I want to quit my job. It’s boring.” – “Really? OK, be my guest. But don’t complain later when you run out of money.”>

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6.9   When you confirm that something is a done deal


It’s a done deal.   Listen   A “This arrangement is complete or can be considered as complete.”   <“Both sides have signed the contract. It’s a done deal.”>

It’s a sure thing.   Listen   <“The agreement will be signed tomorrow. It’s a sure thing.”>

It’s for sure.   Listen   <“The transaction will be finalized soon. It’s for sure.”>

It’s certain.   Listen   <“We are moving to Arizona. It’s certain.”>

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

It’s been settled once and for all.   Listen   A “It has been done finally and permanently.”   <“Both sides are in agreement now. It’s 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   <“It’s going to rain. I don’t 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


It’s going to happen.   Listen   <“They will sign the contract. It’s going to happen.”>

There’s no doubt in my mind.   Listen   <“You’re so smart. You will be promoted soon. There’s no doubt in my mind.”>

There’s not a doubt in my mind.   Listen   <“They are a cute couple. They will have a long, happy life together. There’s not a doubt in my mind.”>

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

What’s to go wrong?   Listen   <“We are the strongest team in town. We will win the championship. What’s 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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