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1. People pack their bags before traveling and then unpack them after arriving at their destination.

(1.)    May I leave out “at their destination” in the sentence?

 We loaded the car in ten minutes.

(2.)    Does it mean the same if I say “We put baggage in the car in ten minutes” or “we loaded baggage into the car in ten minutes”?


2. I always rinse my hair after washing.

(1.)   Does it mean the same if I replace “washing” with “shampooing”?

M: I can't access the company website. What can I do?
W: Don’t you know the address?

(2.) In the conversation, may I say “Don’t you know the URL”?

3.M: What is the quickest way to the station?
W: A taxi is the fastest.

(1.) In the conversation, may I say “ A taxi is very fast”?

M: Do you know John?
W: A little, yes.

(2.)    In the conversation, may I say “Somewhat, yes”?

4. M: Where can I park when I arrive?
W: There should be spaces out front.

(1.)    What is another way to say “out front”?

M: Has the mail been delivered yet?
W: Nick put it on the desk.

(2.) In the conversation, does W imply that the mail hasn’t been sent yet?


5. M: Didn’t they give you a raise?
W: I’m still waiting to hear.

(1.) In the conversation, may I just say “I’m still waiting” or “they are still considering it”?

M: Can’t you leave early?
W: Not before six, I am afraid.

(2.) In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “ I am afraid I can’t until six”?

Answer
1. People pack their bags before traveling and then unpack them after arriving at their destination.

(1.)   May I leave out “at their destination” in the sentence? I wouldn't leave it out, or the sentence would sound incomplete.

We loaded the car in ten minutes.

(2.)   Does it mean the same if I say “We put baggage in the car in ten minutes” or “we loaded baggage into the car in ten minutes”? Depends on what you're loading. Regardless, you should say "the/our baggage", and I'd say "It took us ten minutes to load/put the/our baggage in the car"


2. I always rinse my hair after washing.

(1.)   Does it mean the same if I replace “washing” with “shampooing”? Yes if you use shampoo. Some people use other products for washing their hair.

M: I can't access the company website. What can I do?
W: Don’t you know the address?

(2.) In the conversation, may I say “Don’t you know the URL”? Yes

3.M: What is the quickest way to the station?
W: A taxi is the fastest.

(1.) In the conversation, may I say “ A taxi is very fast”? yes, but that won't answer the question. The question asks for the quickest/fastest way.

M: Do you know John?
W: A little, yes.

(2.)   In the conversation, may I say “Somewhat, yes”? yes

4. M: Where can I park when I arrive?
W: There should be spaces out front.

(1.)   What is another way to say “out front”? in front of the building

M: Has the mail been delivered yet?
W: Nick put it on the desk.

(2.) In the conversation, does W imply that the mail hasn’t been sent yet? yes


5. M: Didn’t they give you a raise?
W: I’m still waiting to hear.

(1.) In the conversation, may I just say “I’m still waiting” or “they are still considering it”? yes

M: Can’t you leave early?
W: Not before six, I am afraid.

(2.) In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “ I am afraid I can’t until six”? Yes  

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