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1.The manger, who is very well-liked, is retiring.

(1.)   What can be taken in place of “well-liked”? Popular or what else?

 News of the merger was well received.

(2.)    What can be taken in place of “well-received”?  “Popular”?


2. I enjoy classical music because it is so relaxing to listen to.

(1.) What can be taken in place of “relaxing”? “Comfortable”?

  I enjoy classic music from the 80s and 90s because it is so cool to listen to.

(2.)    What is another way to say “classic music” in the sentence?

  
3.
M: Your voice sounds hoarse. Are you having a cold?
W: No, Just a bad cough.

(1.) Is W’s response acceptable? May I say also, “Do you have a cold”?

M: Would you like a glass of water?
W: Yes, I could really use one.
  I really would.

(2.) Is either response acceptable? What is another way to say “I could really use one”?

4. M: Mrs. Haines, we’ve found your wallet in the locker room. When will you collect it?

W: Oh, I didn’t know I lost it.
  Oh, I didn’t notice it.

(1.)   Is either response acceptable?  May I say also, “When will you pick it up”?

M: All the figures are in this chart.
W: Can I have a closer look.

(2.) In the conversation may I say also, “Can I see it closer?” Does it mean the same?

5.M: We need to repay the loan immediately.
W: Can’t we delay payment?

In the conversation, may I say also, “Can’t it wait until next month? Or “Can’t we wait until next month”?

 M: Did we test the fire alarm yet?
 W: No, let’s fix a time to test it.

In the conversation, what is another way to say “fix a time to test it”?
“Arrange/schedule a time to test it”?

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1.The manger, who is very well-liked, is retiring.

(1.)   What can be taken in place of “well-liked”? Popular

News of the merger was well received.

(2.)   What can be taken in place of “well-received”?  nothing I can think of, but "popular" is not a synonym here


2. I enjoy classical music because it is so relaxing to listen to.

(1.) What can be taken in place of “relaxing”? soothing

 I enjoy classic music from the 80s and 90s because it is so cool to listen to.

(2.)   What is another way to say “classic music” in the sentence?
I enjoy the music of the 80's and 90's...

 
3.
M: Your voice sounds hoarse. Are you having a cold?
W: No, Just a bad cough.

(1.) Is W’s response acceptable? yes
May I say also, “Do you have a cold”? it's preferred you say this instead of "are you having a cold"

M: Would you like a glass of water?
W: Yes, I could really use one.
 I really would.

(2.) Is either response acceptable? yes
What is another way to say “I could really use one”? Yes, please.

4. M: Mrs. Haines, we’ve found your wallet in the locker room. When will you collect it?

W: Oh, I didn’t know I lost it.
 Oh, I didn’t notice it.

(1.)   Is either response acceptable?  First one is, the second is ambiguous.
May I say also, “When will you pick it up”? yes, it sounds better than "collect"

M: All the figures are in this chart.
W: Can I have a closer look.

(2.) In the conversation may I say also, “Can I see it closer?” no
Does it mean the same? no

If you say "can I see it closer" it's typically about an object that's too far for you to see
"Can I have a closer look" means you need to examine the chart/figures in more detail

5.M: We need to repay the loan immediately.
W: Can’t we delay payment?

In the conversation, may I say also, “Can’t it wait until next month? Or “Can’t we wait until next month”? yes

M: Did we test the fire alarm yet?
W: No, let’s fix a time to test it.

In the conversation, what is another way to say “fix a time to test it”? I never heard of "fix a time" so far so I'd assume that's not a correct expression
“Arrange/schedule a time to test it”? yes, or "let's set a time to test it"  

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