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Language of Meetings
Expressions that make statements more tentative and negotiable
Terms in this set (16)
Would, Could or Might
That would be unacceptable. That might work. We could change the date of the meeting.
Would flying be acceptable? Could we cancel?
Adding n't to suggestions
Isn't that too late? Wouldn't that be too late? Couldn't we cancel?
Actually, Well, Frankly, With respect, To be honest, As a matter of fact, In those circumstances, In fact, To put it bluntly
I'm afraid I can't meet this week. I'm afraid I don't have the report. I'm afraid I don't have the details.
a slight misunderstanding... a little bit too early... some reservations... a short delay... a bit of a problem... a little more time
Not + very + positive adjective
The hotel was dirty>The hotel was not clean. The food was cold>The food was not warm. I disagree completely.>I don't agree at all.
Wouldn't the 31st be more convenient? It might be cheaper to go by air.
I tried to call you yesterday.>I was trying to call you yesterday. I wondered if you had come to a decision yet.>I was wondering if you had come to a decision yet.
We're QUITE interested in your quote. We're quite INTERESTED in your quote.
We can make arrangements. We CAN make arrangements.
a vested interest
We have a __________ in John's election, because if Henry is elected, we'll never get promoted.
a foregone conclusion
It was a __________________: everybody knew he'd get the job.
a stop-gap solution
As a ________________ I'm in favor, but we must not forget that we still need to find something more permanent.
a disastrous step
Leaving the organization would be a ____________ as far as his career is concerned.
a debatable solution
That's a ____________________. One should consider both sides of the problem and I can see merit in both of them.
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