How to be diplomatic (soften your language).

In some situations, you should be diplomatic so that you don't offend anyone.

  1. Soften the language.
  2. Using modal verbs.
  3. Using negative questions.

1、This isn't good.

  • I think this could be improved.
  • Why don't we make some changes to this?
  • Wouldn't this be better if ...?

2、I don't like it.

  • I'm not a big fan of ...
  • I'm not too keen on ...
  • ...isn't really to my taste.
  • ...isn't my cup of tea.
  • ...isn't my favourite.

3、You're wrong.

  • I'm not sure that's entirely accurate.

4、I’m not satisfied with ...

  • This isn't exactly what I had in my mind.
  • I have some reservations.

5、Would you like to ...

  • I'm afraid I can't at the moment. Actually, I need to ...

6、Can I speak to you?

  • I'm a bit busy right now, could you give me a minute?
  • That's not a bad idea, but .... How about ...?

Do/Did you Know ...?

What's the difference between "Did you know" and "Do you know"?

Do you know means we don't know something(the answer) but we want to get some infoamation.


  1. Do you know where I can buy nice shoes?
  2. Do you know what time it is?

Did you know means I know this and I want to tell you a fact. I want to see you know the fact.


  1. Did you know Mt.everst is the world's tallest mountain?
  2. Did you know the most common letter in English is "e"?

Phrasal Verbs: Add “OUT” to change the meaning of these 8 verbs

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  • Looking out is used to mean be careful(Look out! The car is coming!). On the other hand, Look out means paying attention to do something(I will look out for you!).
  • Staying out means to remain out for a long time(He stayed out all night).
  • Pointing out means to draw your attention to something(My teacher always points out my mistakes carefully).
  • Working out means exercising or solving questions.
  • Wearing out means something can't be used anymore it's no longer usable. On the other hand, it means you're so tired(My T-shirt is wearing out. / Today I'm so tired, I am wearing out.).
  • Ruling out means you eliminate the possibility(You can rule out possibilities or answers).
  • Standing out means something or some people are noticeable
  • Finding out means discovering or learning(I need to find out when the next bus leaves).

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