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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Giving someone the _______ is when you stop talking to someone without explaining why you are angry at them.

When a person gives you the ________, he or she ignores you on purpose or acts in a cold manner towards you.

An example of _____ passive aggression is when somebody expresses anger related to a work issue by doing his or her job badly on purpose.

If you have to ask somebody to do a task repeatedly before it gets done, the reason for his or her _________ could be covert passive aggression.

Choose the answer that is not passive aggressive:
Mum: “Your maths test is tomorrow. Have you revised?”
Son: “_______________________”

Choose the answer that is not passive aggressive:
Dora: [loud breathing noises whilst mopping the floor]
Sarah: “Is everything alright?”
Dora: “_____________________________.”

Choose the answer that is not passive aggressive:
Mother: “You’re not going out in that skirt. It’s far too short.”
Daughter: “_____________________”

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53 Comments on “Passive-Aggressive Language”

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Great one! You always bring good subjects and tips in your lessons. Thanks Jade!

Saturday, August 26th 2017

    I fully agree.

    Thursday, September 21st 2017

Hi Jade, Don’t get me wrong but to wallow in self-pity is the wrong approach. Hard work never hurt anyone.
Greetings from Germany

Sunday, August 27th 2017

    Cool lesson, really enjoyed the lesson, liked the white humor, Congrats.

    BTW: The comments about the Germans was out of place.

    Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Oh i got 05 correct out of 07. Nice lesson jade. Thanks.

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Interesting lesson Jade, thanks!

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Hi Jade
Thank you for your lesson and interesting lesson. It was so great lesson thanks jade!

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Thanks Jade, this lesson was great…

Sunday, August 27th 2017

I want to ask about “Not being rude , but do you EVEN lift , bro?” What does EVEN stand here for?
Do the asker say that lifting is simple and easy?

Sunday, August 27th 2017

    Something like “have you ever try”

    Saturday, September 9th 2017

Your are one of the best teacher who i have ever seen. Thanks for extraordinary lesson’s. You are my favorite :-)

Sunday, August 27th 2017

100/ That`s so good )

Sunday, August 27th 2017

thank’s for the lesson

Sunday, August 27th 2017

You are great!

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Analysis of aggressive behavior as a subject of an English class; excellent idea! What an interesting lesson. Thank you, Jade!

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Thanks a lot, teacher Jade, I have to revise again this long lesson, there are new concepts for me, but it was amusing.

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Thenk you for this funny and informative lesson Jade!

Sunday, August 27th 2017

The lesson was so interesting and helpful

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Although i’m dominican and i study american English I really appreciate your videos Jade thanks they are very helpful. I got 6 from 7

Monday, August 28th 2017

Thanks a lot, teacher Jade, Thanks for extraordinary lesson’s

Monday, August 28th 2017

Hello Jade. Awesome lesson. Thank you

Monday, August 28th 2017

Very important lesson,Jade.New expressions and
vocabulary. Very useful and informative.
Love your accent.

Monday, August 28th 2017

Interesting lesson, many thanks

Monday, August 28th 2017

why there is no studying video

Tuesday, August 29th 2017


Wednesday, August 30th 2017

6 out of 7 ,it was a good score for me meanwhile i thought it’d be 7 of 7 ,lots of examples was very helpfull ,thanks jane

Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Hi Jade, I like your videos a lot for being different, and interesting and I think you add value to learning English being more than English.
Some time ago, I wanted to suscribe to leave a comment and I procrastinated for several reasons, but what matters is that I have to say that bugging people egged me on to do it, so it has been worthy. And you did it so well at this video and so classy. My congratulations, you can be proud of yourself.

Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Thank Jade! Nice lesson.the examples are essential for everyday use.

Friday, September 1st 2017

Passive aggressive language is more usual than it seems and it’s an essential component of spoken speech. Thanks to enquire into that topic.
Great lesson Jade

Friday, September 1st 2017

Hey, Jade. Very nice video. Thanks !

I got 6 out of 7.

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

You are fantastic

Tuesday, September 5th 2017

Jade you are very good teacher and very interesting person.I do love your lessons

Saturday, September 9th 2017

you look tired

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

you’re really great. I got 7 out of 7.

Thursday, September 21st 2017

Great lesson! Thank you. I feel that now I know more about relashions not only when it is spoken in English but even in my native language :))

Wednesday, October 4th 2017

Very good lesson.Many thanks.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Very interesting and educative lesson , and please continue like that,and if you allow me what really matters are the content in your lecture and the speciall way to transmit it. thanks.!.

Friday, October 13th 2017

Thanks Teacher Jade

Sunday, October 15th 2017


Thursday, October 19th 2017

Thank you. I really enjoy your lessons. That accent is amazing. I wish I could speak that way. Don´t pay attention to those comments, You are awesome.

Thursday, October 19th 2017

Good class¡¡

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Thank you Jade

Wednesday, November 15th 2017

This is a good way of learning knowing what other person is really telling you about by the way they answer a question. Thank you Jade

Sunday, December 17th 2017


Friday, January 12th 2018

I guess that any kind of “softening” is already a warning for passive-aggressive behavior. Note how examples 13 to 17 follow the pattern “softening + but + criticism” (I once heard that nothing someone says before the word “but” really counts). Also, here’s another softening for the list: “just saying” (I feel like it’s often used sarcastically).

Friday, January 19th 2018

dear Jade
your English level is pretty gifted so you can teach us perfectly
I like you a lot

Monday, January 29th 2018

I believe that you are the funniest teacher in

Monday, January 29th 2018

AMAZING LESSON JADE you are not only a good teacher but also a professional actress all the best for you

Saturday, March 24th 2018

Thanks Jade!

Tuesday, May 15th 2018

Really good lesson. Thanks jade

Monday, October 1st 2018

Brilliant lesson! So I might better stop talking if every other sentence seems to be aggressive in some way. Oops! (silent aggressive) I wondering what about Buddha.. Actually, I really hate the way he talks.. only joking. :)
Thanks for improving my passive aggressive toolkit, not being funny! ;)

Being ironic is aggressive? Or just being sarcastic mean to be aggressive?

Thursday, October 18th 2018

Hello Jade, thanks for your lesson!
Using such “hot” topics is very useful, I think, because we can reflect on how interact in English in the real life, in common situations, and therefore how to be polite, and understand better people not only with the semantic meaning but with wider shades of the meaning, like “I am good” when really means maybe “I am angry but I don’t want to talk just now”!

Thursday, November 8th 2018

Thanks jade.
7/7 i must be doing good

Sunday, December 22nd 2019

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