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1.The people are queuing for an autograph.

(1.)   Does it mean the same if I say “The people are lining up for an autograph” or “The people are waiting in line for an autograph”?
(2.)   Should I use the plural “autographs” in the sentence?

2.
M: Where are you? I have been waiting for you for half an hour.
W: I mistook the time. I’m sorry I stood you up again.

In the conversation, may I replace “I mistook the time” with “I got the wrong time” or “I got the time wrong”? What is the difference?

3.The painter is a well-known figure in art circles and the TV is showing his display to the audience.

What can be taken in place of “art circles” and “display”?
“The art world” and “exhibit/exhibition”?

4.Pandas are similar in height to humans.

What is another way to say the sentence?
“Pandas are nearly/just about as tall as humans” or “Pandas are around the same size of humans”?

5.Bagels and croissants are priced high.

Does it mean the same if I say, “Bagels and croissants are expensive”, “The prices of bagels and croissants are high” or “Bagels and croissants are (sold) at high prices”?

6.
M: Thank you for bringing me to this. The show was entertaining.
W: sure thing. I’m glad that you liked it.

(1.)What is another way to say “sure thing”? “That’s for sure”, “of course”or “certainly”?

(2.)In the conversation, is it possible to respond, “Exactly. I knew you’d say that”? If not, why?

7.   
M:___________________________.
W: Punish yourself with fines.

What could be M’s statement or question?

“It’s difficult to keep up a good exercise habit. I get lazy sometimes.”
“I want to lose weight, but I just can’t resist junk food.”

8.
M: I’m sure Craig has a crush on you.
W: No wonder he’s at my heels wherever I go

In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say, “No wonder he follows me everywhere.”?

Answer
1.The people are queuing for an autograph.

(1.)    Does it mean the same if I say “The people are lining up for an autograph” or “The people are waiting in line for an autograph”? yes
(2.)    Should I use the plural “autographs” in the sentence? not necessarily

2.
M: Where are you? I have been waiting for you for half an hour.
W: I mistook the time. I’m sorry I stood you up again.

In the conversation, may I replace “I mistook the time” with “I got the wrong time” or “I got the time wrong”? What is the difference? no difference

3.The painter is a well-known figure in the art circles and the TV is showing his display to the audience.

What can be taken in place of “art circles” and “display”?
“The art world” and “exhibit/exhibition”? yes to both

4.Pandas are similar in height to humans.

What is another way to say the sentence?
“Pandas are nearly/just about as tall as humans” or “Pandas are around the same size of humans”? yes to both

5.Bagels and croissants are priced high.

Does it mean the same if I say, “Bagels and croissants are expensive”, “The prices of bagels and croissants are high” or “Bagels and croissants are (sold) at high prices”? yes

6.
M: Thank you for bringing me to this. The show was entertaining.
W: sure thing. I’m glad that you liked it.

(1.)What is another way to say “sure thing”? “That’s for sure”, “of course”or “certainly”?
"Of course", and "you're welcome" could both be used; "certainly" too

(2.)In the conversation, is it possible to respond, “Exactly. I knew you’d say that”? If not, why?
It's possible but that would probably not be the most common answer.

7.    
M:___________________________.
W: Punish yourself with fines.

What could be M’s statement or question?

“It’s difficult to keep up a good exercise habit. I get lazy sometimes.”
“I want to lose weight, but I just can’t resist junk food.”

both options are OK

8.
M: I’m sure Craig has a crush on you.
W: No wonder he’s at my heels wherever I go

In the conversation, does it mean the same if I say, “No wonder he follows me everywhere.”? yes

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