Occasionally, at work or at home, someone will say something that is very rude and offensive. You'll be shocked and angry... we say in English that you
at their words. How can you make this person realise how upset you are by what they've said?
Don't forget to practise what you've learned with the activity further down this page.
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Stopping someone while they are talking
Just a minute...
Just a second...
Showing that you disagree
Certain words show that you have a different opinion. Try using
actually, well, but, and I'm sorry:
Actually, the discount was only 5%.
Well, you're wrong about that actually.
I'm sorry ,
but you're totally wrong about that!
Stating that you are offended by something
I really take exception to that!
Asking someone to apologise for their words or change their view
(I think you should) take that back!
Take back what you just said!
Stengthen your words
Your words will have more power if you use people's names:
Just a second, Martin. I really take exception to what you've just said.
Use emphatic devices like
really and do:
I really really do take exception to that!
Other useful phrases
I'm sorry, but I'm not going to let you talk to me like this!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT?
For each question, make a sentence to show that you are shocked or offended.
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