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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- « 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 »
Last edited: 07/12/2018