You own a small pet store. Someone has offered to buy it from you. The price they're offering is high, but you're still not sure. You say this.
That's a very generous offer. Um, let me think it over for a few days and get back to you.
English speakers use the sound "um" when they don't know what to say next. Here's an example from a TV talk show:
Well, my daughter in this show is very strongly liberal, and she's a very — she's a — she went to, uh, um, Stanford Law School, and she graduated from Stanford with honors.
But people also use "um" when they're talking about a topic that is uncomfortable. Using "um" shows the listener that you're being careful about a topic that is very sensitive. So you would use "um" when you're talking seriously about:
- a death in someone's family
- a decision at work that you disagree with
By the way, you might hear or read somewhere that you shouldn't use "um". That's a rule that English speakers are taught in school, because some people think that using "um" too much makes you sound unprofessional. But almost everyone uses it from time to time, and it actually makes your English sound more natural.
To "get back to" someone means to respond to their question later. For example, if you ask me a question and I don't know the answer, I can say:
I don't know off the top of my head, but I'll get back to you this afternoon.
When you "think ___ over", you think about it carefully and consider all of the possible good and bad points of it.
You use the phrase "think ___ over" when you're talking about an offer or a decision that you have to make. For example:
"A few" is a number that's not specific, but it usually means somewhere between 3-10. It's a little less formal than "several" and also sounds like a slightly lower number. Here are some examples:
A "generous offer" is when someone offers to give you something really good. For example, if someone wants to give you a job or pay a lot for something that you're selling, that's "a generous offer".
You should say "That's a generous offer" when someone offers to give you something good, but you're not sure if you want to take it. For example:
A: How would you like to come work for me?
B: Oh, really? Wow. That's a very generous offer, but actually I'm pretty happy at my current job.
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