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1.M: Did you get a new cartridge when you were at the store?
W: There was none left.

(1.)    In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “They were sold out”?

M: Was your flight on time?
W: It was delayed for two hours.

(2.)    In the conversation, may I leave out “for” before “two hours”?


2. M: Here is your coffee.
W: That’s not what I ordered.

(1.)    In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “that’s not what I asked for”?


M: What was her reaction to the news?
W: She was absolutely amazed.

(2.)    In the conversation, does it mean the same I say also, “She was really surprised”?


3.M: I am not feeling too good today.
W: Do you want to take the afternoon off.

(1.)    In the conversation, should I say “I am not feeling too well today”? What’s the difference?
(2.)    Or may I say also, “I am feeling sick today”?

M: I don’t feel like going to bed now.
W: I don’t feel like it, either.

(3.)    In the conversation, may M say , “I don’t want to go to bed now”?


4.M: You didn’t give the customer her money back, did you?
W: She got a full refund.

(1.)    In the conversation, may I say also, “You didn’t return/ repay the customer her money, did you”?

M: Why did you tell anyone you needed help?
W: I didn’t want to cause any trouble.

(2.)    In the conversation, what is another way to say “I didn’t want to cause any trouble”?

5.The man is looking out from the balcony.
The man is looking out of the balcony.
   The man is looking outside the balcony.

What is the difference among the three?

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1.M: Did you get a new cartridge when you were at the store?
W: There was none left.

(1.)   In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “They were sold out”? yes

M: Was your flight on time?
W: It was delayed for two hours.

(2.)   In the conversation, may I leave out “for” before “two hours”? yes
You can also say "It had a two hour delay."


2. M: Here is your coffee.
W: That’s not what I ordered.

(1.)   In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say “that’s not what I asked for”? yes


M: What was her reaction to the news?
W: She was absolutely amazed.

(2.)   In the conversation, does it mean the same I say also, “She was really surprised”? yes


3.M: I am not feeling too good today.
W: Do you want to take the afternoon off.

(1.)   In the conversation, should I say “I am not feeling too well today”? What’s the difference? No difference.
(2.)   Or may I say also, “I am feeling sick today”? yes

M: I don’t feel like going to bed now.
W: I don’t feel like it, either.

(3.)   In the conversation, may M say , “I don’t want to go to bed now”? yes


4.M: You didn’t give the customer her money back, did you?
W: She got a full refund.

(1.)   In the conversation, may I say also, “You didn’t return/ repay the customer her money, did you”? Not really. The original sentence is what you should stick to here. Or you can say "You didn't refund the customer her money, did you?"

M: Why did you tell anyone you needed help?
W: I didn’t want to cause any trouble.

(2.)   In the conversation, what is another way to say “I didn’t want to cause any trouble”? I didn't want to impose.

5.The man is looking out from the balcony.
The man is looking out of the balcony.
  The man is looking outside the balcony.

What is the difference among the three?
Someone looking out from the balcony is probably sightseeing, or admiring the scenery or simply gazing out.
The second sentence is probably not correct. I need more context to be able to figure out what you mean here,
The third... again, I need more context.  

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