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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #121522: Vocabulary: complaining
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    Vocabulary: complaining


    Complaining! It's true that "complaining" efficiently requires cunning (or ability to negociate... ) and a little politeness. If you follow this theory, it's no use thundering, being vulgar or rude... Complaining would rather be a process in three different steps: first, you have to introduce the problem, then you have to express your feelings, and finally suggest a way to get a compensation for the problem you've encountered... 

    (Phrase the complaint as a request. State the problems in a polite way. Do not shout at the top of your lungs...)




     To complain to sb about stg                               A complaint 
     To make a complaint  To lodge a complaint about                                  
     To register a complaint  To whine about stg
     To bemoan one's fate  To moan about stg 
     To feel sorry for oneself To be full of self-pity
     To grumble/ grouse about  Plaintive/ doleful 




     To protest about  To speak up against sb

     To disapprove of stg

     To object to 

     A deplorable state of affairs                             

     An appaling state of affairs  
     To demonstrate for/ against                                   A demonstration 
     Intolerable  Disastrous 

     To deplore stg

     it's quite unacceptable!  To manifest (False friend)




    - I'm sorry to bother you but...                                                        

    - Can you help me with this problem, please? 

    - I'm afraid there must be a misunderstanding... 

    - I understand it's not your fault... 

    - Excuse me, I understand that... 

    -  Excuse me, but you have to give me...

    - I want to complain about... 

    - I'm afraid I've got a complaint about... 

    - I have a complaint to make... 

    - I'm afraid there's a problem with... 

    - I've been patient long enough, but... 

    - Enough is enough! 

    - I won't take this... 

    Here we are! You have a lot of expressions here to help you...    Yet, I really don't see what you could complain about ... Therefore, try not to do it too much... If you just think carefully, I'm quite sure you won't complain while taking the test. There are no surprises in it. Go for it!   


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    1. 'No need the work you have to do, Tom, you’re wasting your time... Just do it, and you’ll be safe!'

    2. 'When I see the spoilt brat you are, yourself... it just makes me sick!'

    3. 'Yes, Tom, Linda’s right... for a while, and get your work done...'

    4. 'Really, I don’t at home tonight, but I’ll do my work and won’t look after Lucy.'

    5. It was really brave of Lea to that injustice, especially as she wasn’t concerned herself...

    6. ' Good morning, madam. with the hot water in our room! We have none!'

    7. ' ! You already promised me that delivery two weeks ago... Now, I want to speak to your Supervisor.'

    8. 'Yes, sir, , but it seems to be nobody’s fault. As for me, this and I want a refund...'

    9. 'Really sir, with your after-sales service... Now, I want a refund and a significant discount for my next purchase. If not, I’ll go to the competition...'



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