1. "To die" is a direct way of saying "to pass away."2. "To die" is an inelegant way of saying "to pass away."3. I talked to our CEO directly about a pay raise.4. When we were about to get married, she told me up front she didn't want any kids.
 direct inelegant up frontsay something up front = 事先說好某事
1. 我直接跟我們公司的執行長討論加薪的事情.2. 我們快結婚時她直接跟我說她不想生小孩.
I tried to explain how the software works to my dad, but he is low on the uptake.