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1.
A: Have you ever considered upgrading to a new model?
B: Not really. Mine seems to be doing the job just fine.

A: Mr. Chen.  Due to overbooking on your flight, we’d like to upgrade you to first class.
B: It sure feels good to be upgraded to first class.

Do both conversations make sense?

In the first conversation, does it mean the same if I say, “Mine seems to work just fine”?

2.
A: Where should we go for the computer training?
B: We’ll be using the computer room.

A: I forgot to ship this item. Who can help me with this?
B: Jack will deliver it to the client in person.

Do both conversations make sense?

3.
A: Do you think you can deliver the first part of the order by the end of this month?
B: Yes, I think I can make it.

A: Did we deliver the shipment on schedule?
B: I don’t think the delivery went out on time.


Do both conversations make sense?
(1.)   In the first conversation, can I say also, “Yes, I think I can meet the deadline”? What is another way to say “I think I can make it”?
(2.)    In the second, can I say also, “Did we ship the order on schedule”?


4.

A: Where can I find the contact information for that company?
B: Oh, here. I’ve got one of their business cards.

A: Why did they cancel the annual banquet this year?
B: Business isn’t doing so well.

Do both conversations make sense?

(1.)    In the second conversation, what is another way to say “business isn’t doing well”?

5.
A: The new marketing vice president is flying in from Japan tomorrow.
B: I didn’t expect him to start work so soon.

A: According to the schedule, the banquet ends at 2:00 p.m, What will happen next?
B: There is a proposal review meeting then.

Do both conversations make sense?

(1.)    In the first conversation, what is another way to say “flying in”? “Arriving”?
(2.)    In the first one, can I say also, “I didn’t expect that he’d take office so soon”?

6. Robberies have decreased in my neighborhood recently because the police have increased their patrols.
I feel contempt for those who brag about their own wealth.

Are both sentences grammatically?
(1.)   In the first sentence, can I say “patrolling” rather than “patrols”?
(2.)    In the second, does it mean the same if I say, “I look down on those who …”?

Answer
1.
A: Have you ever considered upgrading to a new model?
B: Not really. Mine seems to be doing the job just fine.

A: Mr. Chen.  Due to overbooking on your flight, we’d like to upgrade you to first class.
B: It sure feels good to be upgraded to first class.

Do both conversations make sense? yes

In the first conversation, does it mean the same if I say, “Mine seems to work just fine”? yes

2.
A: Where should we go for the computer training?
B: We’ll be using the computer room.

A: I forgot to ship this item. Who can help me with this?
B: Jack will deliver it to the client in person.

Do both conversations make sense? yes

3.
A: Do you think you can deliver the first part of the order by the end of this month?
B: Yes, I think I can make it.

A: Did we deliver the shipment on schedule?
B: I don’t think the delivery went out on time.


Do both conversations make sense? In the first, B's answer should be "Yes, I think I can do/deliver it."
(1.)   In the first conversation, can I say also, “Yes, I think I can meet the deadline”? yes
What is another way to say “I think I can make it”? see above
(2.)    In the second, can I say also, “Did we ship the order on schedule”? shipping an order and delivering it are different things.


4.

A: Where can I find the contact information for that company?
B: Oh, here. I’ve got one of their business cards.

A: Why did they cancel the annual banquet this year?
B: Business isn’t doing so well.

Do both conversations make sense? yes

(1.)    In the second conversation, what is another way to say “business isn’t doing well”? In this case you can say "The business had/took some setbacks"

5.
A: The new marketing vice president is flying in from Japan tomorrow.
B: I didn’t expect him to start work so soon.

A: According to the schedule, the banquet ends at 2:00 p.m, What will happen next?
B: There is a proposal review meeting then.

Do both conversations make sense? yes but "start working" in the first

(1.)    In the first conversation, what is another way to say “flying in”? “Arriving”?  yes
(2.)    In the first one, can I say also, “I didn’t expect that he’d take office so soon”? yes

6. Robberies have decreased in my neighborhood recently because the police have increased their patrols.
I feel contempt for those who brag about their own wealth.

Are both sentences grammatically? yes
(1.)   In the first sentence, can I say “patrolling” rather than “patrols”? yes
(2.)    In the second, does it mean the same if I say, “I look down on those who …”? yes but the original sounds more "natural" to me  

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