Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) with a purpose or plan
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    • deliberate act/plan/ruse, act deliberately
  • Analysis
    The word 'deliberate' can be used as an adjective to describe doing something intentionally with purpose: "I deliberately put the cake over there so I wouldn't eat it all!" "This tactic is a deliberate ploy to encourage us to give up more of our shares." You can use this word in social or professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The bombing of the airport was a deliberate act of aggression that will not be tolerated.
    2. We came up with a deliberate plan of attack, and it worked perfectly.
    3. The fire was a deliberate ruse to keep the police busy while they robbed the bank.
    4. I deliberately told you not to do that again, and you disobeyed me!
    5. I don't believe it was an accident. I think you did it deliberately!
  • Further Suggestions
2) discuss or talk about things (carefully/seriously)
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    • deliberate on/over the decision/matter, after much deliberation
  • Analysis
    Deliberate can also be used as a verb to describe the process of considering or deciding something: "The judges will now take a few moments to deliberate on a decision." "I have been deliberating on moving house for a long time now. It's time I came to a decision." This use of 'deliberate' is mostly used in professional situations, either in relation to meetings and team discussion; or in a courtroom setting.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The jury spent six hours deliberating on their decision, and they returned a 'Guilty' verdict.
    2. It took six hours, but after much deliberation, the jury returned with a 'Not Guilty' verdict.
    3. We'll deliberate on the matter tomorrow, and then we'll let you know what we decide.
    4. I have spent a lot of time deliberating on which candidate is the most suitable and I think it is this one.
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