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Advanced new classic Vocabulary for the week
10 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question
I’m not at liberty to say.
(= I don’t have permission to give the information)
Wait and see.
(= you will discover the answer later)
Let me get back to you.
(= I will give you the answer later)
I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
I’m sorry, that’s personal.
I’d rather not talk about it.
It’s none of your business.
Mind your own business.
Why do you want to know?
10 Phrases for Estimating & Guessing
If I had to take a guess, I’d say… [she’s about 35 years old].
It’s difficult to say, but I think… [our customers are more satisfied].
Off the top of my head, I’d say… [the company has 500 employees].
(= what I remember/estimate, without checking the actual statistics)
It’s about… [10 miles away].
It’s around… [three hours long].
I wouldn’t be surprised if… [Peter asks Jill to marry him].
There’s a good chance… [it’ll rain tomorrow].
I have a feeling/hunch… [the boss won’t be happy about this].
(hunch = an instinctive feeling)
I bet… [he’ll be late].
Your guess is as good as mine.
(= I don’t know)
10 Phrases for Decisions
I’m debating between… [option A and option B]
I can’t make up my mind.
I’m on the fence.
(= I’m in the middle, I don’t know what to decide)
I’ll take that into consideration.
On the other hand…
I’m having second thoughts.
(= I’m reconsidering my decision)
I changed my mind.
He convinced/persuaded me to…
Looking back, I know it was the right decision.
It’s up to you.
(= You can decide)
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