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  • It's okay to be direct with

  • people you know,

  • but sometimes in more formal situations,

  • like at work, it's important to be polite.

  • You can give your opinion in a direct way.

  • 'Your presentation is too long.'

  • But to make your opinion less

  • direct use verbs like

  • 'reckon', 'feel', 'believe'

  • and also vague expressions like

  • 'sort of', 'kind of', 'a little'.

  • 'I reckon your presentation is a little long.'

  • Or, turn it into a question  to make it even less direct:

  • 'Don't you think your presentation is kind of long?'

  • You can tell someone they've

  • made a mistake in a very direct way:

  • 'You've sent the wrong reports.'

  • But to be less direct add softer verbs

  • like 'seem to' or 'appear to':

  • 'You seem to have sent the wrong reports.'

  • You see, it's easy to be polite.

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Being polite: giving opinions and talking about mistakes - English In A Minute

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/05/03
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