Responding To Unusual Situations (Death, Sad, Unexpected Gift, Fired) Free English Lessons
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Certain responses in English seem to be pretty natural. Like if someone says thank you, you will immediately say “you’re welcome”. If someone close to you says “I love you”, well you may just end up saying “I love you too”. But beginners in English and sometimes even those who have studied the English language for a while end up being tongue-tied when faced with not so familiar situations. In other words, they don’t know the right English words to use to respond properly. In this English lesson have a look at some situations and see what the likely responses for them could be:
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1) On being invited to a party or some event:
A) I’m sorry; I won’t be able to make it
B) It’s a shame I’ll be missing your daughter’s first birthday/ convocation.
C) Thanks for the invitation but I’m going to have to pass/ I can’t go
2) If you are the one whose invitation has been turned down:
A) I’m sorry you won’t be joining us
B) Oh! That’s too bad
C) We’ll miss you, maybe next time
3) On being told you are beautiful or good looking:
A) Thank you, I appreciate it
B) Awww.. that is very sweet of you, thank you
C) Thanks! That really made my day!!
D) Well you sure have an eye for good things!
4) When a friend or work colleague is sad/upset:
A) Do you want to talk about it? I’m here if you need me!
B) I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but it’ll get better
5) When a friend loses their job:
A) This is only a temporary setback; you have so many opportunities out there
B) With your talent and skills, finding something better shouldn’t be a problem.
6) When receiving an unexpected gift:
A) I don’t know what to say, it’s lovely, thank you
B) That was very kind of you, thank you
7) A friend’s family member passes away:
A) I am terribly sorry for your loss
B) If there is anything I can do, I’m right here!
8) A friend has ended a bad relationship
A) You are beautiful, smart and funny! You’re going to survive this
B) You will be happy again!