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1.
M: Tomorrow is the company’s annual ball. I’m going to take a day off to fix myself up.
W: (1.) Don’t worry. You are already handsome.
   (2.) Are you ready yet?
   (3.) Aren’t you ready yet?

Are all the responses acceptable in the conversation? If not, why?


2.
M:I am fed up with all this roadwork in Taipei.
W: Why be bothered? All you need to do is take a different route.
M:__________________. There is roadwork almost everywhere.

(1.)   In the sentence, may I say, also, “I’ve has enough of all this roadwork (or road construction) in Taipei”?

(2.)   What can be filled in the blank? “It’s pointless/useless”?

3.
M: What you just said doesn’t stand to reason.
W: (1.) Would you offer me some advice or an opinion then?
   (2.) What’s wrong with it?
    (3.) What doesn’t make sense to you?

In the conversation, are all three responses acceptable?

4.   

M: ________________________________________.
W: We should try to exercise a little bit control. We’re overreacting.

What could be M’s statement?



“We are going through a very difficult time. Let’s stop paying the employees all the bonuses and employees overtime.”

“Since they don’t give us a discount, let’s cancel all the orders.”


5.
M: My dad wrapped up the business in Taiwan and our family will soon immigrate to the States.
W: Too bad. It means that we’ll part soon.

What is another way to say “wrapped up the business” and “we’ll part soon”?

“Ended/closed the business” and “We will be separated”?

6.
M: How are you?
W: Couldn’t be better. I just moved to Shanghai last month to run a translation company and I’m going to get married next summer.

M: Congratulations.! No wonder you’re all smiles.


(1.)   May I replace “couldn’t be better” with “Never been better”?
(2.)   What is another way to say “run a company” and “you’re all smiles”?

“Start” and “You look so happy”?


7. The odds of your winning the lottery are slim.

(1.) Does it mean the same if I replace “odds” with “chance” and “slim” with “small”?
(2) What is the difference if I say, “You have a fat chance of winning the lottery”?



8. M: Isn’t that movie called “The Children in Heaven”? Oh, man, the scene where the mother hugs her dying son was really stirring.
  W: Exactly. Joe and I couldn’t hold back the tears, either.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “stirring”? “Moving”, “touching” or “emotional”?

(2.) Does it mean the same if I say, “Joe and I couldn’t help crying, either”?

Answer
1.
M: Tomorrow is the company’s annual ball. I’m going to take a day off to fix myself up.
W: (1.) Don’t worry. You are already handsome.
  (2.) Are you ready yet?
  (3.) Aren’t you ready yet?

Are all the responses acceptable in the conversation? If not, why? they're all acceptable


2.
M:I am fed up with all this roadwork in Taipei.
W: Why be bothered? All you need to do is take a different route.
M:__________________. There is roadwork almost everywhere.

(1.)   In the sentence, may I say, also, “I’ve has enough of all this roadwork (or road construction) in Taipei”? yes, but I've had enough...

(2.)   What can be filled in the blank? “It’s pointless/useless”? sure, that works

3.
M: What you just said doesn’t stand to reason.
W: (1.) Would you offer me some advice or an opinion then?
  (2.) What’s wrong with it?
   (3.) What doesn’t make sense to you?

In the conversation, are all three responses acceptable? yes

4.   

M: ________________________________________.
W: We should try to exercise a little bit control. We’re overreacting.

What could be M’s statement?


“We are going through a very difficult time. Let’s stop paying the employees all the bonuses and employees overtime.” yes

“Since they don’t give us a discount, let’s cancel all the orders.” yes


5.
M: My dad wrapped up the business in Taiwan and our family will soon immigrate to the States.
W: Too bad. It means that we’ll part soon.

What is another way to say “wrapped up the business” and “we’ll part soon”?

“Ended/closed the business” closed or liquidated the business
and “We will be separated”? I'd stick to the original, it sounds much more natural

6.
M: How are you?
W: Couldn’t be better. I just moved to Shanghai last month to run a translation company and I’m going to get married next summer.

M: Congratulations.! No wonder you’re all smiles.


(1.)   May I replace “couldn’t be better” with “Never been better”? yes
(2.)   What is another way to say “run a company” and “you’re all smiles”?

“Start”  no, "take charge of" is more appropriate
and “You look so happy”? yes


7. The odds of your winning the lottery are slim.

(1.) Does it mean the same if I replace “odds” with “chance” and “slim” with “small”? yes
(2) What is the difference if I say, “You have a fat chance of winning the lottery”? none



8. M: Isn’t that movie called “The Children in Heaven”? Oh, man, the scene where the mother hugs her dying son was really stirring.
 W: Exactly. Joe and I couldn’t hold back the tears, either.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “stirring”? “Moving”, “touching” or “emotional”? either

(2.) Does it mean the same if I say, “Joe and I couldn’t help crying, either”? yes

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