29 July 2021
Whether you are a teacher, student, or businessman, you cannot do without criticizing people. Criticism is one of the most important things we do in our daily life. But being very harsh when criticizing is not a good idea, criticism can be harmful if used incorrectly. However, if used correctly, it can be a useful learning tool.
That is why we have prepared for you some very useful phrases on how to express criticism in English. Use them to make your criticism constructive and turn negative experiences into positive ones for you and your colleagues. All of these phrases will help you soften criticism, and therefore, you can criticize without offending anyone.
The first phrase is “I have to say / I'm bound to say…”, which you can use when you think that what you are about to say might upset or annoy someone ... For example: "I have to say, but your performance was quite disappointing." So when you say that, it is not very harsh and you are just expressing your point of view.
Consider the following phrase - "with respect / with all due respect". This phrase is used when you want to disagree with someone and criticize them. For example, if you are talking to your boss and he asks you to do something “unreasonable,” you can turn him down by saying, “with all due respect, Mr. Davis, I think your request is quite unreasonable. ”
The last phrases - "to be fair, in all fairness (to be fair, to be honest)" are used to make your criticism of someone or something seem less powerful. An example of this might be: “Vicki’s schoolwork has been poor this term, though, to be fair, her maths has improved”. Thus, with the help of this phrase, you can compliment the person by criticizing, so it will be much easier for them to perceive the criticism.
When criticism is too general, people get nothing out of it. The whole point of criticism is that you have additional knowledge on the topic that you want to use to help another person. And, most importantly, remember, the goal of criticism is to keep the other person motivated and improve their skills and abilities. Teachers of our school can do this without criticism. Sign up for a trial lesson and see for yourself :)
Author: Andrew Shapovalov
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