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    Fomal Expressions

    Hi there,

    Suppose I am talking or discussing with a gentle person about him or me or about important topics. So here I really want to talk with him the truth as I know also I know I need to speak in formal because I am talking to an unknown and gentle person. I don't really want to lie him. Is there any better expressions or words that I can use while speaking? Currently I know "To be honest, I really, actually". For examples: "To be honest, I am still a university student ." "I am really glad to have a chat with you."
    Please can you give me more words or expressions like I provided?

    You kind help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,

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    Re: Fomal Expressions

    My advice is not to embellish your speech with these sorts of meaningless expressions. Whenever someone says to me "To be honest with you..." or "To be absolutely frank..." I immediately suspect that they are not being honest or frank. Speak simply and plainly, and your honesty should be apparent to the listener.

    I'm not sure that you are using "gentle" correctly. Do you really mean a gentle person, who is kind and soft in his or her manners and actions? Or, as I suspect, do you really mean a "gentleman" or "gentlewoman", in the sense of someone who is respectable and/or important?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Fomal Expressions

    Great advice. Okay I won't use these expressions. Yes I do mean "Gentleman/gentlewoman". It was a mistake.

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