4 Making Complaints and Giving Warnings
Pardon me, I wonder if it would be too much trouble to …
I hate to have to(I'm sorry to) say this, but …
I wonder if you could help me…
Excuse me, would you mind (not)…
It’s getting on my nerves!
Hey, for goodness sake.
How irritating / annoying!
Isn’t it irritating?
What a terrible / horrible / awful / dreadful luck!
I’m totally unsatisfied.
I’m not at all satisfied with the atmosphere here.
I want to complain in the strongest terms about your poor service.
I’m afraid I’ve got a complaint about …
Be careful!/ Watch out! / Mind!/ Look out!
Be careful of / Be aware of / Watch out for (the hot iron / pickpockets!)!
Be careful not to (break the glass)! / I would be extremely careful not to … if I were you. Take care (not to wake the baby)!
You’d better (not)…
Don’t try any tricks!
Let it alone!
Fire! / Gas! /Your cigarette!
Mind the wet paint/ the traffic!
Don’t you think you should…?
I think it would be a good idea to …
A Complaint is to show our feelings of annoyance, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, etc. in most
situations, people usually make indirect complaints. A direct complaint shows strong dissatisfaction and should be done only when absolutely necessary. For example, when you complain to a new teacher about his class, you say “I wonder if you could raise your voice a little bit in class.” It is uncommon and impolite for you to say “We can’t hear you clearly in class. Just speak up!”
When making a complaint, you may show your reluctance and hesitation by a controlled
tone, repetition and filled pauses to break the news to (委婉地把坏消息告诉某人)the hearer. For example, I, [pause]er, I’m not exactly sure how to put this, but, um [pause]…
Another point of a polite complaint is that you have to take the other party’s interest into consideration. For example, I’m sorry to bother you, but…[pause]. There’s something you could help me with.