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  1. whitemoon's Avatar
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    Please help me.

    One of students showed me one table. The table has three columns.
    What the British say..........What the British mean.............What others understand.......
    1: I hear what you say.........I disagree and do not want to discuss it further......He accepts my point of view.
    2: That's not bad........That's good.........That's poor.
    3. I almost agree........I don't agree at all.......He's not far from agreement.
    There are 15 rows like these in the table.
    What I would like to ask is:
    Is the table right?
    Does the word "others" include American, Australian, Canadian..ect?
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Please help me.

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    What I would like to ask is: Is the table right?
    Does the word "others" include American, Australian, Canadian..ect?
    Two of the three examples you have given are reasonably accurate, though I have not heard 'I almost agree' used.

    I have certainly had American trainees disappointed by my 'not bad', taking my praise for criticism.

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    Re: Please help me.

    Possibly a better example for agree would be I can't quite agree meaning I completely disagree.

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