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委婉地告诉某人

How to Form the Present Perfect Progressive

Date: Sep 04 2012

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive

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Giving someone bad news can be almost as bad as receiving it. You have to watch someone react in horror and you can’t help but feel guilty, even if the news had nothing to do with you.

When you have to deliver bad news to someone, you of course want to do it as nicely as possible. You don’t want to say something shocking with no warning. That will make the news hurt even more. You have to break it to them gently. When you break it to someone, you tell them bad news in a kind way.

If your mechanic determines your car can’t be fixed, he might break it to you by first reminding you that it was a great car for many years. If you are quitting your job, you might break it your boss by telling her how much you’ve enjoyed working for her.

Mason’s friends discovered some bad news about his girlfriend, and they are about to break it to him. See how it goes.

告诉别人坏消息几乎跟听到坏消息一样让人伤心。尽管坏消息跟你没有关系,但是你不得不面对对方惊恐的表情,而且忍不住地感到内疚。
当你不得不告诉别人坏消息的时候,你肯定会想尽可能地友好一点。你不想在没有任何预兆的情况下讲述让人震惊的事情。这样会使坏消息对人的伤害更深。你必须委婉地表述。当你委婉地告诉某人坏消息时,是指你选择一种友好的方式告诉他们。
如果机修工说你的汽车无法修理,首先,他可能会委婉地提醒你,这是一部使用了很多年的好车。如果你想辞职,你可能委婉地对老板说你多么喜欢在这儿工作。
梅森的朋友们发现有关他女朋友的坏消息,他们想要委婉地告诉他。听听他们怎么说。

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Marni

Marni

Jason

Jason

Jeff

Jeff

Devan

Devan

Mason

Mason

Marni:  OK, I’m sure you guys know why I asked you here for a drink.

Jason:  Actually, no.

Jeff:  I do, but the last thing I need right now is another office romance. I think none of us need that.

Marni:  What? What are you talking about?

Jeff:  We’re not here on some kind of double date or something?

Marni:  I hate to break it to you, but the world does not revolve around you.

Jeff:  Yeah, right. Anyway, what is this about then?

Devan:  We’re here to talk about Mason. Someone needs to break it to him about Vanessa going behind his back with Dale.

Jeff:  Vanessa’s been cheating on Mason with Dale? Wow. I can’t believe that. Poor Mason.

Jason:  We did find some love letters from her to Dale in his desk.

Devan:  I caught them fooling around outside the office.

Jeff:  What?

Devan:  And we think that since you guys are such good friends now, that you two should be the ones to break it to him.

Jason:  You want us to tell Mason that his girlfriend is cheating on him? I mean, is that really our place?

Jeff:  Why do we have to break it to him now? Can’t we just wait and see what happens?

Marni:  No.

Jeff:  What?

Jason:  Why not?

Devan:  Jason, he needs to know the truth.

Marni:  And…

Mason:  Hi, guys.

Marni:  ...he’s here.

Jason:  Hey, Mason. Yeah…

Mason:  Whoa.

Marni:  We’re just going. Sit down and catch up. We’ll see you later.

Mason:  Where are they going?

Jeff:  Have a seat, man.

Jason:  Have a seat.

Mason:  What’s up?

Jason:  We have something to tell you.

Devan:  Do you think they’re really gonna tell him?

Marni:  I don’t know.

Mason:  No!

Marni:  Looks like they broke it to him.

Devan:  Yup.

 

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Devan and Marni have asked Jason and Jeff to meet them at a cafe. They want the guys to tell Mason that his girlfriend is cheating on him.

Jason doesn’t think it’s his place to break it to him, but before he can argue, Mason is there at the table. Jason tells him to have a seat, and gives him the bad news. Mason can’t believe it. He breaks his mop and screams out.

Have you ever had to break bad news to someone? How did you do it?

 

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Englishty

Englishty

Egypt

Okay it looks like our doubts about the relationship between Vanessa and Dale turned out to be true and that’s so hurtful for Mason, i feel sorry for himFrown

01:58 PM Sep 04 2012 |

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LAILA ALI

LAILA ALI

Malaysia

i don’t like people who break bad news to others ! but we should say the truth !

01:50 PM Sep 04 2012 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

In fact, I don’t like to break bad news to someone. I don’t even like to make a silly jokes at somebody. If I still have to do it, I say it very cautiously in order not to shock a person.

01:01 PM Sep 04 2012 |

fabsir

fabsir

Brazil

I guess everyone will have to break bad news to someone else at some point in their lives. I cannot think of a particular situation right now when I had to break it to somebody but I have been broken bad news to and no matter what side you´re on, it´s always painful or acwkward to say the least. You can´t be careful enough how you break it. I think usually people ease into the topic and feel out how the person reacts before giving him or her bad news.

12:54 PM Sep 04 2012 |

samirah

samirah

Saudi Arabia

I did it once,i borke my cousin ’s decease to my mom some months ago ..May Allah dwell him in paradise 

12:29 PM Sep 04 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

The scenario of today’s video is like in the horror movie :O 


Wasn’t it the better way if the guys were silent up untill the moment Mason discovered everything by himself??? Frown


12:01 PM Sep 04 2012 |

Gerogge Wade

China

as for me , i did not have to break bad news to my friends .in my piont ,we all can look forward for next day !!! 

11:59 AM Sep 04 2012 |

wannicho

wannicho

China

I think i had , whenever u wanna break a bad news to someone , you are trying to pave the rude at the begainning to speak sth unimporthant , u r trying to make it easy for the listener to accept . sometimes u just speak so much but still unable to break it , the listener already sensed sth is wrong , even kind of knowing .so must of part , u just bit around the bush before u could really break the news

10:15 AM Sep 04 2012 |

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Annisa

Annisa

Indonesia

sometimes it’s hard to tell the truth , someone can be shocked after heard that bad news, Although they tell us carefully , Laughing so, are you ready to hear the worst? :P yeah I know that’s not easy when someone break it to us suddently

09:08 AM Sep 04 2012 |

Sonia.NJ

Sonia.NJ

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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07:40 AM Sep 04 2012 |

Sonia.NJ

Sonia.NJ

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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Yes I broke it to my mom when my grandfather had passed away, that was so hard to tell someone a bad news I never forget that moment when my mom heard it from me! U know what, I couldn’t stop laughing! It’s ridiculous I was really sorry about it but I still don’t know what had happened to meEmbarassed

07:38 AM Sep 04 2012 |

prince of stars

Saudi Arabia

I hate myself when I do it , becouse I am  very direct .  

06:13 AM Sep 04 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Yeah, it’s always hard to tell the truth and especially a bad truth. Takes a lot of courage for a friend to break the news and you start with the prelude like everyone is cheating in this world like in that season 1, The Richie’s song, how his friends were trying to ease the bad news on him and eventually did that making him get out of control and get stunned for quite a while.


 But! if to compare a man and a woman, I think women are tougher in this business- to break the news. They just tell and that’s it! I would tell without hesitation and my friend would only be grateful for that  warning.

02:29 AM Sep 04 2012 |

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julito

Argentina

I wouldn’t like to be the one breaking the bad news to a friend. However,  if I must 


I would be as honest as possible , but at the same time I would chose my words carefully so that I may not  be cruel in telling him the thruth. 



01:25 AM Sep 04 2012 |

marija luiza

Mexico

Yes, I have. To be honest, I hate to do it. It is horrible, because some friends dosen’t believe you so you can lost your friendship. On the other hand, i think is a great idea, to say when you are right. Explaining things can change the live of other person. 


I don’t have words, you have to be really sure about what you are doing. You can be in a real trouble. Think careful before do it.


Good luck :) 

12:34 AM Sep 04 2012 |

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