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    #1

    You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    I'm trying to say something but just couldn't quite get it right.

    Son, your mother's in a bad mood right now. I suggest you wait until tomorrow before ask her about your toy. You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    I want to say something along those lines: you don't want her to transfer her anger to you, but I couldn't make it sound natural. Do native speakers phrase things that way? If not, what's a good way of saying the same thing?
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    #2

    Re: You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    Perhaps: you would not want her to take it out on you.
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    #3

    Re: You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    The age of your son makes a difference in the way you talk to him, Marcus. Some of us remember that you told us he is three; he will have no idea what your title sentence means.

    Please let us know when he turns four.

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    #4

    Re: You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    To vent her anger on you.
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    #5

    Re: You don't want her to transfer her anger to you.

    Unless this child is a linguistic prodigy, I think he'd probably have trouble with a lot of the sentences that have been suggested in these threads in the past. In days gone by, when I was unfortunate enough to have to deal occasionally with small children, I would have said "Mummy's cross at the moment. Wait until she feels better to ask her about the toy, OK?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Jan-2017 at 12:46.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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