English as a Second Language/word choice

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1. Let’s find out how much it costs and then decide.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “find out”? “Discover” or “see”?

M: Funny! I was just going to say the same thing.
W: What a coincidence!

(2.) What can be taken in place of W’s response? “That was a coincidence” or “that was coincident”?



2.
M: I hear Al Parker has been down and out recently.
W:______________________________.

(1.)   What could be W’s response?  “That’s right. Things have never been worse for him” or “That’s right. Things have been hard/tough for him”?
   
   M:________________________________?
   W: One part is down, but the other part is not out.

(2.) What could be M’s question or statement?


3.
M: Marcel and Paul plan to visit us for two weeks this summer.
W: Do you have enough room to accommodate them?

(1.) In the conversation, may I say also, “Do you have an accommodation for them”? Does it mean the same?

M: I’m not familiar with this kind of camera. What’s this for?
W: The memory card goes in there.

(2.)    What is another way to say “The memory card goes in there”?



4.   M: I hope my explanation helps.
W: Thank you for the instruction.

(1.) In the conversation, may I use the plural form “instructions”? What is the difference?


M: I don’t need a whole set.
W: We can sell pieces from the set, ma’am.
W: In that case, lead the way.

(2.) What is another way to say “lead the way” in the conversation?  “I’ll follow you” or “show me the way”?


5. Janet has more experience with projects, so she will lead the way when we start a new one.

(1.) May I use “lead the way” in this context? What is another way to say it?


M: George hasn’t replied to my e-mail yet.
  W: Perhaps his reply is on the way.
     Perhaps his e-mail/ reply will arrive tomorrow.

(2.)Do both responses match the question?

Answer
1. Let’s find out how much it costs and then decide.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “find out”? “Discover” or “see”? "See" should work

M: Funny! I was just going to say the same thing.
W: What a coincidence!

(2.) What can be taken in place of W’s response? “That was a coincidence” or “that was coincident”? None of those. I'd stick to the original.



2.
M: I hear Al Parker has been down and out recently.
W:______________________________.

(1.)    What could be W’s response?  “That’s right. Things have never been worse for him” or “That’s right. Things have been hard/tough for him”? Either one
   
   M:________________________________?
   W: One part is down, but the other part is not out.

(2.) What could be M’s question or statement? I'd need more context to be able to answer this


3.
M: Marcel and Paul plan to visit us for two weeks this summer.
W: Do you have enough room to accommodate them?

(1.) In the conversation, may I say also, “Do you have an accommodation for them”? Does it mean the same? No, it doesn't sound like something a native speaker would say.

M: I’m not familiar with this kind of camera. What’s this for?
W: The memory card goes in there.

(2.)    What is another way to say “The memory card goes in there”? That's the slot for the memory card.



4.    M: I hope my explanation helps.
W: Thank you for the instruction.

(1.) In the conversation, may I use the plural form “instructions”? What is the difference?
I'd use the plural.


M: I don’t need a whole set.
W: We can sell pieces from the set, ma’am.
W: In that case, lead the way.

(2.) What is another way to say “lead the way” in the conversation?  “I’ll follow you” or “show me the way”? Either one, but I'd stick to the original again.


5. Janet has more experience with projects, so she will lead the way when we start a new one.

(1.) May I use “lead the way” in this context? What is another way to say it? "show the way" or "guide us"


M: George hasn’t replied to my e-mail yet.
 W: Perhaps his reply is on the way.
     Perhaps his e-mail/ reply will arrive tomorrow.

(2.)Do both responses match the question? they do but they both sound odd.  

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