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    Smile How to respond to a compliment

    Would you tell me the natural way to respond to a compliment?
    Or whether it is okay or not.

    1.When someone says " you're smart/cute/a good cook!",
    A) Not at all.
    B) Not really.
    C) It's exaggeration.
    Or could you please tell me how to say if there are any other ways?

    2.When your co-woeker or bos says " you did a really great job!"
    A) Not at all.
    B) Not really.
    C) It's exaggeration.
    D) It's not a big deal. (I think it is less polite. Is it right?)
    E) It was nothing.
    Or could you please tell me how to say if you have any other ways?

    Many thanks in advance!!

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by almo View Post
    Would you tell me the natural way to respond to a compliment?
    Or whether it is okay or not.

    1.When someone says " you're smart/cute/a good cook!",
    A) Not at all.
    B) Not really.
    C) It's exaggeration.
    Or could you please tell me how to say if there are any other ways?

    2.When your co-woeker or bos says " you did a really great job!"
    A) Not at all.
    B) Not really.
    C) It's exaggeration.
    D) It's not a big deal. (I think it is less polite. Is it right?)
    E) It was nothing.
    Or could you please tell me how to say if you have any other ways?

    Many thanks in advance!!
    Why not just say, "Thank you"?

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Deleted because it's not worth the absurd comentary that followed.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 03-Mar-2011 at 22:12.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Politically, at work, you can also add something like "I had a great team supporting me." Share credit whenever possible.
    That strikes me as soooo PC. Sorry.

    Actually, I am not (sorry, that is). I despise people who take credit for the achievements of others, but I find the mock-humble sharing of credit for the sake of appearance nauseous. I am with bhai - if somebody compliments you on something that you have done, then 'thank you' seems to be the perfect answer.

    And yes, I am a cranky old ##~*!

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    That strikes me as soooo PC. Sorry.

    Actually, I am not (sorry, that is). I despise people who take credit for the achievements of others, but I find the mock-humble sharing of credit for the sake of appearance nauseous. I am with bhai - if somebody compliments you on something that you have done, then 'thank you' seems to be the perfect answer.

    And yes, I am a cranky old ##~*!
    Yes, I also hate it when people do that. But I guess others will think you're conceited if you don't.

    By the way, what does "PC" stand for?

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    By the way, what does "PC" stand for?
    Politically correct.

    It's the modern idea that makes us all pretend to believe that women are as good as men, and that sort of stuff.

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Yes, I also hate it when people do that. But I guess others will think you're conceited if you don't.

    By the way, what does "PC" stand for?
    "Politically Correct", where have you been, Jasmin?

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    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    Beat you again, bhai!

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    #10

    Re: How to respond to a compliment

    It is politically correct. Sometimes It is also a truth as Barb_D said. Most of the times we can not achieve something without others supporting us.

    I don't like any of almo's options. They are not good for responding to a compliment, but when people thank us for what we have done for them it would be a good idea to say:"Not at all".

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