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    Talking Just suppose or Just granted?

    Hi~ I use this sentence often, but I'm not sure what do I have to say so just mumbleing all the time... Would you help me how to say this naturally please?


    A: Oh,my I lost my purse on the way come here. Iím getting mad.
    B: Donít think too much.
    Just suppose, you helped poor people. In this way you can comfort yourself.
    Or, Let's say, you helped poor people.
    Or, Just granted, you helped poor people.

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    A: I waved my hand but the bus driver didnít pull over just passed.
    So I ran up to get to Uni. What a driver! Iím out of breath.
    B: donít get mad.
    Just suppose, you had a good exercise.
    Let's say,you had a good exercise.
    Just granted, you had a good exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hi~ I use this sentence often, but I'm not sure what do I have to say so just mumbleing all the time... Would you help me how to say this naturally please?


    A: Oh,my I lost my purse on the way come here. Iím getting mad.
    B: Donít think too much.
    Just suppose, you helped poor people. In this way you can comfort yourself.
    Or, Let's say, you helped poor people.
    Or, Just granted, you helped poor people.

    Hmmm...If I had just lost my purse, I think I'd rather hear someone say, "Oh! I'm so sorry to hear it! It's such an inconvenience! I hope you find it soon. Did you check with Lost and Found?"

    But if you want to say something to minimize the situation, you could say, "Well, I hope the person who finds your purse sends it back to you." or,
    "Let's hope a deserving person found your purse."

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    A: I waved my hand but the bus driver didnít pull over just passed.
    So I ran up to get to Uni. What a driver! Iím out of breath.
    B: donít get mad.
    Just suppose, you had a good exercise.
    Let's say,you had a good exercise.
    Just granted, you had a good exercise.

    Again, if I had just missed my bus and had to run to get somewhere on time, I'd rather hear something sympathetic, such as,
    "I'm sorry to hear it. I hope you didn't have to run too far. May I help you carry your things?"
    But, again, if you want to minimize the situation, you could say,
    "Well, at least it was good exercise."
    or
    "The silver lining is that it's a lovely day and it was good exercise."
    Silver lining = an unexpected good that comes from something bad. It comes from the expression, 'Every cloud has its silver lining.'

    Another common expression is, 'Look on the bright side, at least you got some exercise.'
    I hope you find this helpful,

    Petra

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    Dear pyoung,

    Thanks a lot for your detail explanation.

    Sorry, but can I ask one more sentence?

    A: Hey, doctor told you ice-cream is no good for the flue. You are not supposed to do that!

    B: But I really feel like ice-cream.

    A: Me, too. But I’m patient it. (or I’m enduring it / or I’m putting up with it)

    B: Hey, Just suppose, we didn’t hear. Bite some, OK?
    Let's say, we didn’t hear. Bite some, OK?
    Just granted, we didn’t hear. Bite some, OK?
    Look on the bright side, we didn’t hear, Bite some, OK?

    In this situation, what will be the natural way to say?

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    silver lining...

    A: Oh, my! I failed 3 subjects in this semester. What do I have to do?

    B: What a shame!

    A: But you know what? The silver lining is , luckly, I passed the most difficult Statistics subject.

    B: Good job, man!

    Am I on the right track? :)
    Last edited by flytothesky; 21-Dec-2008 at 06:31.

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    Dear Fly:

    A: Hey, the doctor told you ice-cream is no good for the flue. You are not supposed to do that! or, 'You shouldn't be eating that!'

    B: But I really feel like ice-cream.

    A: Me, too. But Iím patient it. (or Iím enduring it / or Iím putting up with it)

    B: Hey, Just suppose,pretend we didnít hear. BiteEat some, OK?
    or
    B: Let's pretend we didn't hear her/his advice. Come on, have some ice cream with me!

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

    PS: flue = the passage from the fireplace to the chimney (so the smoke can escape)
    flu = influenza, an illness marked by fever, muscle aches, respiratory difficulty, etc.

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