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【四兩撥千金的巧勁管理】之3:形容詞與副詞

文/王妍筑、John Stephenson
企劃/英語島教學實驗室

好話人人愛聽,
但講出壞消息就需要一點技巧了。

  • It is probable that we will need to cancel this order. What is the best way to get this done?
    有沒有可能我們需要取消這個訂單?要解決這個事情有什麼最好的方法?
  • A likely solution would be to monitor the situation and perhaps review things in a week or two.
    可能的解決方式是監控情況,或許在1到2周後再檢討一次。
  • This is a pretty good idea to a certain extent. Does anyone else have anything to add?
    這想法真的好到某個程度了。有人還有要補充的嗎?
  • It is apparent that he is not going to change his decision.
    很明顯,他是不會改變他的決定的。

副詞算是所有類別裡面,最好運用的技巧了,副詞可以直接決定整個描述要婉轉或是直接。

團體中,有些人善於磨合固執的人,調和團隊氣氛。他們說的話看似模稜兩可,卻在無形中增加團隊向心力,是不可或缺的角色。

  • It is perhaps a good idea to spend a bit more time thinking about this.
    花一點時間思考或許是個好想法。
  • Apparently, this product is set to be a major hit this year.
    這個產品今年顯然會大爆紅。
  • Presumably, you are not going to speak to him before you have discussed it with the whole team?
    在跟整個團隊討論以前,你大概不會跟他說話吧?
  • It is certainly a great thought, but do you think we might want to try and find a few more suggestions before we move forward?
    這真的是個很棒的想法,但你覺得我們繼續做之前,還會再嘗試跟搜集多一些意見嗎?
  • Returns for investing in this company could possibly be extremely high.
    在這家公司投資的報酬可能非常高。

 

延伸閱讀:
複習一下第1點-->決定說話直接或婉轉的助動詞
等等,動詞跟名詞也可以婉轉?

 

本文收錄於英語島English Island 2017年3月號
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