How to be more formal in a professional discussion?

By Nicolas TANO, 2TSRH – March 2016

 

 

Greeting and beginning:

 

  • How do you do?
  • Pleased to meet you. My name is John Smith.

 

  • Further to our telephone conversation.
  • I wanted to meet you on behalf of the management team.

 

Giving advice:

 

  • It might be wise to book a quiet room for the driver.
  • Have you considered booking a quiet room for the driver?
  • The best course of action would be to book a quiet room.
  • I am utterly convinced that you should book a quiet room for the driver. (a 100% certain)

 

 

Making requests:

 

  • I would appreciate it if you would give me your email address.
  • I would be most obliged/grateful if you could give me your email address.
  • Would you please give me your email address?
  • Would you mind giving me your email address?
  • Could you please give me your email address?
  • I was wondering if you could give me your email address.
  • Would you approve of giving me your email address?
  • If you don’t mind giving me your email address.

 

 

Making suggestions:

 

  • I would suggest that you have dinner in our restaurant.
  • I suggest that you have dinner in our restaurant.
  • You might want to use our fitness centre.
  • May I suggest that you wait for your taxi in the lobby? I will let you know as soon as it arrives.

 

 

Apologizing:

 

  • Please accept our sincere apologies.
  • Please believe that we are truly sorry for the inconvenience.
  • We do apologize for what happened.
  • We owe you an apology for any trouble caused.

 

 

Avoiding to answer:

 

  • I am not at liberty to say.
  • I’d rather not express myself about this confidential subject.
  • I do apologize, this is confidential.

 

Taking-leave:

 

  • It has been a pleasure to work with you.
  • Please feel free to contact me.
  • I do stay at your disposal if you require any further information.
  • I am looking forward to hearing from you.
  • I look forward to meeting you in the near future.
  • I wish you a great day.

 

Miscellaneous:

 

  • Thus: ainsi
  • Admittedly: certes
  • Hence: par conséquent
  • As per: selon

 

  • To jeopardise: compromettre
  • By way of thanks: en remerciement

 

  • I’d rather not: je ne préfere pas
  • I am rather annoyed by: je suis un peu agacé par
  • I find it most unsatisfactory that: je trouve très insatisfaisant que...
  • In my humble opinion: à mon humble avis
  • At your earliest convenience: aussi rapidement que possible (=as soon as possible)

 

à Use:

  • « Positive » instead of « good »
  • « Negative » instead of « bad »
  • « Children » instead of « kids »
  • « Co-workers » instead of « colleagues »
  • « Incorrect » instead of « wrong »
  • « Correct » instead of « right »
  • « Well, right » instead of « OK »
  • « Much, many » instead of « a lot of »
  • « In my opinion » instead of « I think »
  • « Thus, therefore » instead of « So »

Etc.

 

Last edited: 07/12/2018

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