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Vocabulary: sincerity, trust
Trying to review the words and expressions contributing to "positive" thought and attitudes, we should go on studying "frankness" and "sincerity", words and concepts which are necessary to live harmoniously in our collective society, however virtual it is just now! An important number of words are "transparent" to French-speaking people and to many Europeans, but some expressions are really more difficult to identify and use. Let's try to cope with all this!
To be frank To have scruples
To be frank with sb about sg
|trust in sb|
|Naive/ naivety||respectable/ respectability|
|Honour/ honourable||integrity/ upwardness|
|loyal/ loyalty||faithful to someone|
SOME EXPRESSIONS and IDIOMS:
- to take something on trust: to accept trustfully, with confidence.
- to be above board: to be very honest.
- I'm in earnest: I'm not kidding (joking).
- in good faith/ bad faith: in accordance with standards of honesty, trust, sincerity.
- To bare your heart / or soul: you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings to people.
- call a spade a spade: speak openly and truthfully about something.
- put/lay one's cards on the table; speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
- clear the air: you try to remove the causes of fear, worry or suspicion by talking about the problem openly.
- home truths: you tell people some true but unpleasant facts about themselves, which is often difficult to accept.
- lay it on the line: you speak frankly and make something very clear.
- make no bones about something: you don't hesitate to say something in a frank and open way.
- pull no punches: speak openly and honestly, holding nothing back.
- unvarnished truth: present someone with plain facts, without trying to embellish or soften the reality.
There you are! "A few" expressions and words that may be useful to you...! I think the test shouldn't be too much of a problem...
Go for it and thanks for working with me!
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