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1.
M: Did you work out at the gym?
W: No, the gym was closed when I arrived, so I exercised in the park instead.

(1.)   In the conversation, may I leave out “so” and say “No, the gym was closed when I arrived. I exercised in the park instead.”?

M: When is our quiz next week? Monday or Wednesday?
W: Actually, it’s on Tuesday.

(2.) In the conversation, Is the word “actually” an example of euphemism? Instead of using “actually”, how else can W respond to express euphemism?

2 . M: Hey! Don’t turn that down. I’m listening to the songs.
   W: (1.) Your CDs are too loud.
      (2 .) I am on the phone with my friend.

(1.) Are both responses acceptable in the conversation?

M: Rachel called me yesterday out of the blue.
W: Uh, oh! What was the problem?

(2.) Can W respond “Uh, oh! What happened? ” or “Uh, oh! What went wrong? ”?


3 . You shouldn’t drink soda too often because it is high in sugar.

(1.) What is another way to say “it is high in sugar”?

Do you have any special rates on group tours to Beijing?

(2.)What can be taken in place of “any special rates”?

4.Watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset is a treat to the eyes.

(1.)Does it mean the same if I say “…is pleasing to the eyes”?

If it hadn’t been for the heavy rain, we would’ve arrived here without delay.

(2.)In the sentence, may I say also, “Without the heavy rain, we would’ve arrived here without delay”?


5.If you fail to get off at the station that you are supposed to, you will be ask to pay an extra charge.

(1.) What is another way to say “will be asked to pay an extra charge”? “Will be charged an additional fee”?

I’m going to call the IT department first. Maybe they have a backup disk from yesterday.

(2.) What can taken in place of “a backup disk”?  “A copy file”?

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1.
M: Did you work out at the gym?
W: No, the gym was closed when I arrived, so I exercised in the park instead.

(1.)   In the conversation, may I leave out “so” and say “No, the gym was closed when I arrived. I exercised in the park instead.”? Yes

M: When is our quiz next week? Monday or Wednesday?
W: Actually, it’s on Tuesday.

(2.) In the conversation, Is the word “actually” an example of euphemism? Instead of using “actually”, how else can W respond to express euphemism? Actually is not an euphemism here. There is no substitute here, unless you just leave it out completely.

2 . M: Hey! Don’t turn that down. I’m listening to the songs.
  W: (1.) Your CDs are too loud.
     (2 .) I am on the phone with my friend.

(1.) Are both responses acceptable in the conversation? yes

M: Rachel called me yesterday out of the blue.
W: Uh, oh! What was the problem?

(2.) Can W respond “Uh, oh! What happened? ” maybe, depending on the context.
or “Uh, oh! What went wrong? ”? no

I'd stick to "What was the problem?"


3 . You shouldn’t drink soda too often because it is high in sugar.

(1.) What is another way to say “it is high in sugar”? It has a lot of sugar. (I'd stick to the original)

Do you have any special rates on group tours to Beijing?

(2.)What can be taken in place of “any special rates”? nothing really. You can ask about discounts though instead. It depends on the context

4.Watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset is a treat to the eyes.

(1.)Does it mean the same if I say “…is pleasing to the eyes”? yes

If it hadn’t been for the heavy rain, we would’ve arrived here without delay.

(2.)In the sentence, may I say also, “Without the heavy rain, we would’ve arrived here without delay”? yes


5.If you fail to get off at the station that you are supposed to, you will be ask to pay an extra charge.

(1.) What is another way to say “will be asked to pay an extra charge”? “Will be charged an additional fee”? yes

I’m going to call the IT department first. Maybe they have a backup disk from yesterday.

(2.) What can taken in place of “a backup disk”?  “A copy file”? Nothing. A backup disk shouldn't be substituted here or it would sound odd.  

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