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  当别人问你不想回答或懒得回答的问题时,你就可以说There is nothing to talk about.。例如有人问你考试考几分,你自己考得太差而不想讲,就可以说There is nothing to talk about." 另外一个类似的用法叫 No comment. 就是无可奉告的意思。 (来源:英语杂志 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

  8. I really want to, but I got hundreds of things to do. 我想去,可是我有好多好多事情要做。

  别人邀请你参加他们的活动,就算你不想去,也不要直截了当地说 No, I don't want to.这样子别人下次可能就不会找你了。试着用这种比较好的说法。先说 I really want to 或者I really love to,再说 but I got hundreds of things to do. 这样感觉上比较礼貌,也比较不会让别人觉得没面子。

  9. I don't want to go and that's that. 我不想,就是这样。

  That's that 通常是接在否定句后,意为就这样了,不必再多说了。这种语气是很强烈的,通常听的人可能会不太高兴。假如电话推销员很烦人,那就可以跟他说 That's that.。

  That's that. 跟That's it.不太一样。That's it. 的意思是就这样吧,就这些吧,在点餐时使用。That's that 则是表示不想再跟对方谈下去了。同样的情况,你也可以这么说The conversation is over."。

  10. That's enough, anymore is just overkill. 那就够了,再多一点也是多余的。

  Overkill 在美国的口语里就是多余的意思,它跟 kill 一点关系也没有。例如跟一个老美打球,打了二局之后问他还要不要再打,他就说That's enough, anymore is just overkill.又如吃东西时你问别人还要不要再吃,如果别人吃不下了就可以说No, thanks. That's overkill.。

  礼貌拒绝的典型例句 Refusing invitations without being offensive:

  That's very kind of you, but I'm afraid that I'm tied up on Saturday. 非常感谢, 可是恐怕我周六没时间。

  I'd really like to, but I'm already booked up for next Saturday. 我很想去,但是我下周六的日程己经安排满了。

  I wish I could, but I have an appointment on Saturday. 我真希望能去,但是我周六和别人约好了。

  Thanks for asking me, but I am going to be out of town that evening. 谢谢你邀请我,但是我那天晚上要去外地。

  I'm really sorry about that! 非常抱歉!

  Thanks, anyway. 还是谢谢你!

  I would like very much to join you another time. 希望我下次能参加。

  Invitations in the US 美国习俗

  A party invitation can turn into a nightmare if you don't know the customs and do not know how to act properly in a gathering. Don't worry! We will tell you something about American parties and how to get ready for them. 收到聚会邀请,不清楚聚会礼仪的你不必心焦,实用小贴士即刻奉上。

  美国聚会礼仪的典型例句:

  If nothing else, people may want to show off their house. 如果(请客)不是为了其它原因,人们可能是想炫耀一下自己的房子。

  After having spent a huge amount of time and money in fixing up the place, I think it's nice to have people come and admire the results. 在投入了大量的时间和金钱装修房子之后,请别人来欣赏一下装修结果还是不错的。

  You needn't say yes or no on the spot, but you should provide an answer as soon as possible. 你不用立即接受或拒绝,但是应该尽快答复。

  If the party includes business associates, a suit is more likely to be in order. 如果聚会有业务合伙人参加,穿西服会更合适一些。

  Among good friends, there 's less dressing up. 好友们的聚会上,不用那么盛装打扮。

  Q&A:

  Q:Why do people hold parties?

  A:

  1. There doesn't have to be a particular reason for a party.

  2. According to a Chinese visitor to the US, people seldom have a very good time at American parties.

  3. Sometimes people invite you to parties just because they want to impress you with and display their house.

  Q:What are the customs of responding to an invitation?

  A:When you receive an invitation by telephone, you should respond to it on the spot.

  Q:Whom can one bring if he/she is invited to a party?

  A:

  1. If you are married and have children, you can't necessarily bring your spouse and children to a party if you are invited.

  2. You should never bring a guest that is not expected.

  Q:What should one wear to attend parties?

  A:

  1. One needs to wear suit if the party includes business associates.

  2. In a party for good friends, there will be less dressing up.

  3. In a party for old classmates, it is proper for gentlemen to wear sweaters and slacks.

  4. Older people may choose to wear suits and dresses to their friends' parties.

  5. For women, dressy pants with a blouse fit at all kinds of parties in the US.

  6. In the US, pants are considered less graceful and formal than a skirt.

  7. You can ask the hosts directly if you have no idea about what to wear.

  学了这么多,你会用自己的话总结一下接到聚会邀请之后该怎么做吗?下面的这段话供你参考。

  When you receive an invitation, you don't have to say yes or no immediately, but you should give an answer as soon as possible. Make sure you know the time and place of the party. Make sure you express pleasure or thanks to the host. If you are married or live with someone, you can bring him/her with you as long as your host knows that you have a spouse or partner. If the party includes business associates, a suit will be proper. If the party is just for friends, you don't need to dress formally.

 
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