Mar 012013

BBC How to… take offence: Occasionally, at work or at home, someone will say something that is very rude and offensive. You’ll be shocked and angry… we say in English that you take offence at their words. How can you make this person realise how upset you are by what they’ve said?


Stopping someone while they are talking
Just a minute…
Hang on…
Hold on…
Just a second…
Showing that you disagree
Certain words show that you have a different opinion. Try using actually, well, but, and I’m sorry:Actually, the discount was only 5%.
Well, you’re wrong about that actually.
I’m sorry, but you’re totally wrong about that!
Stating that you are offended by something
I really take exception to that!
Asking someone to apologise for their words or change their view
(I think you should) take that back!
Take back what you just said!
Stengthen your words
Your words will have more power if you use people’s names:Just a second, Martin. I really take exception to what you’ve just said.

Use emphatic devices like really and do:

I really really do take exception to that!

Other useful phrases
I’m sorry, but I’m not going to let you talk to me like this!

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