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2021.03.01 14:40

English Expressions : Let’s split the difference

Dialogue



Maggie: We have been falling out a lot recently - I think it’s time we clear it up. Let’s get everything out of our chests and have a heart-to-heart talk.

John: I will do provided you don’t hold anything back. What really matters is to get things straight and avoid getting into such arguments later on.

Maggie: Alright, your constant tangential remarks are trying my patience.

John: What about your leading questions? Don’t you see that you always try to get me cornered?

Maggie: Well, let’s split the difference. You don’t meddle in my private affairs nor do I in yours.

Vocabulary

Fall out: have an argument; to be at odds.

Clear up: to alleviate tension in a particular situation.

Get something out of one’s chest: unburden oneself; tell what's bothering you.

Hear-to-heart: candidly, intimately.

Hold back: to conceal, to hide.

Get something straight: to make a situation clear reaching an understanding.

Tangential: only slightly related to what you are doing or discussing.

Try one’s patience: to annoy one by continued unwanted behavior.

Leading question: a question that prompts or encourages the answer wanted.

Get someone cornered: to make someone talk to you when they have been trying to avoid this.

Split the difference: to find and agree upon the point halfway.

Meddle: to interfere in something that is not one's concern.
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  • lolmina 2021.03.01 14:52

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    Thank you! Can I use the phrase “split the difference” in actual business situation too?
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.03.01 14:54

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    @lolmina you can when you have a difference of opinion
  • Jaír castillo 2021.03.01 15:11

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    Thank you lucky I don’t understand a lot but it is good to listen to real English
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.03.01 15:12

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    @Jaír castillo no worries I might of have spoken to fast in my readings but just follow along with the dialogue
  • Jenny 2021.03.01 15:13

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    Thanks for sharing🌹 It's really helpful.
  • 涪江浪子 2021.03.01 15:18

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    authentic English👍
  • 在哪里美 2021.03.01 15:41

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    理性的外国人
  • lolmina 2021.03.01 15:41

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 thank you:)
  • Olivier 2021.03.01 17:13

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    @Jade 👌
  • Olivier 2021.03.01 17:14

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    Tha k you lucky I like the expression let’s get it straight : allons droit au but in french
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.03.01 17:31

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    @Olivier thanks 😊
  • Old school 2021.03.01 19:00

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    @在哪里美 哈哈 我有点好奇。为什么你认为她是理性的?
  • tami 2021.03.02 00:37

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    Is “ I will do provided you don’t ~” is correct sentence? Why” provided” but not “ provide”? And what does this sentence mean?🙏
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.03.02 00:46

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    @tami
  • tami 2021.03.02 01:09

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 thank you so much. Can this sentence be rewritten as: I will do if you don’t hold anything back?
  • tami 2021.03.02 01:14

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 I will do only if you don’t hold anything back. ⇦this is better, if I rewrite? I checked my text book. Thank you so much. I learn really a lot from your post. And now let me practice reading it. This dialogue is very useful since I do have this kind of argument often 😁
  • tami 2021.03.02 01:30

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    Thank you! I’ll memorize them!
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.03.02 02:18

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    @tami I will do as long as you don’t hold anything back . Is also another way
  • tami 2021.03.02 03:30

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 I see! Thank you so much!
  • 在哪里美 2021.03.02 10:01

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    @Old school 这些句子不充分说明了吗

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