Common Qualifiers in Business English MINIATURA

When you speak too directly, you may lead to a conflict and the person you are negotiating with may feel offended or the reality you show may seem too unbearable. That’s why is better to use qualifiers.

The qualifiers help us to soften a direct statement to make it bearable.

Here are some of them:

  • a bit

Example: Don’t say: That equipment is too expensive for us.

Say: That equipment is a bit too expensive for us.

 

  • a little

Example:

Don’t say: This equipment is expensive. 

Say: ’This equipment is a little expensive.’

  • a little bit

Example:

We are a little bit behind schedule but we’ll catch up soon.

  • small, one or two

We may have one or two small problems with our new equipment.

Everybody will work from home, with one or two exceptions.

  • short

We may have one or two short delays with the platform launching.

  • slight

Taxes have increased. This is going to be a slight change in our prices.

  • slightly

I am slightly busy this week, can we postpone the meeting?

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