Congratulating and SympathisingRevision:
how about - should've - by the wayVocabulary
brilliant - very good; wonderful, i.e.
- The movie was brilliant.
- The Prime Minister gave a brilliant speech.
By the way - to introduce a new topic into the conversation, i.e.
congratulations - telling someone you are pleased at their success, or on a special
- Yes, it's been an expensive month for us. We bought a new car and paid for our summer holiday. By the way, how did your daughter do in her school exams?
- ...so, no, I didn't enjoy the film, really, too much violence. By the way, did you speak to Jan about taking a weekend break in Paris?
occasion such as a birthday, i.e.
- What can I get Anna for her birthday?
- Congratulations on passing your driving test.
- Congratulations on your birthday.
- I congratulate you on being promoted to manager of advertising.
*how about - to make a suggestion; put forward an idea, (+ noun or ing) i.e.
- How about a new snow-board, her old one's badly damaged?
*What about...? is also possible.never mind - to say something is unimportant and not to worry about it, i.e.
- How about having dinner out this evening?
- How about playing tennis later; I feel like a game?
- Oh no, we've missed the bus.
- Never mind, there'll be another one in five minutes.
- I'm sorry I'm late, the traffic was terrible.- Never mind, the film hasn't started yet.
should've + past participle - to say something in the past would have been better if X had happened, i.e.
well done -
- I should've taken more videos of the children when they were young.
- We should've brought warmer clothing with us.
to congratulate someone on something they've done, i.e.- I've got a job for the summer.- Oh, well done, what is it?- I completed the marathon. I was fifteenth out of one hundred and fifty runners.- That's really good, well done!