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1. Don’t come to the kitchen, dear. I’m cooking pasta and baking chicken.


In the sentence, should we say, “I’m baking pasta and cooking chicken”?

2.
M: Since they don’t give us a discount, let’s cancel all the orders.
W: We should try to exercise a little bit control. We’re overreacting.

What is another way to say “We should try to exercise a little bit control”?


3 .  Against the odds, the team won three exciting games and clinched the title.
    John lost his lottery ticket. His winning the lottery is against the odds.

Does “against the odds” in the first sentence have the same meaning as the one in the second? What is the difference?

4. Could you drop me off at entrance 2 of the MRT Taipower Station?

What could be taken in place of “drop me off at..”? “Leave me at” or what else?

5. The odds of winning the lottery are less likely than getting hit by lightening twice.

In the sentence, does it mean the same if “likely” is left out?


6. M: Sophie, pray for me. I’m going to propose to Mary tonight.
  W: Way to go, dude! I’ll cross my fingers tight.

What is another way to say “Way to go”?  “Good going” , “nice job” or “wonderful”?

7. M: Rachael, I am going to the final stage of the interview today.
  W: Do your best, dude. I will cross my fingers.

Is it possible to replace “I will cross my fingers” with “Cross your fingers”?  What is the difference?

8. What is a synonym and an antonym for “addressee”?
“Recipient” and “sender” or “addresser”?

9. M: What is the answer?
  W: Beats me! It’s beyond my knowledge.

What is another way to say “beats me”?  “You stop/baffle me”?

10. M: Want another drink?
   W:____________________.

In the conversation, if W responses “No, thanks. I have drunk bloody enough today.”, does it have same meaning as “No, thanks. I have drunk a lot today.”?


11. M: Do you like your job?
   W: It doesn’t matter. It pays the bills.
   M: You sound kind of ______ when you say that.

What can be filled in the blank? “Apathetic”?

12. M: Do you visit your aunt very often?
   W: No.
   M: Why?
   W:______________________________.

What could be W’s response? “It’s not easy to get to the remote area”?

Answer
1. Don’t come to the kitchen, dear. I’m cooking pasta and baking chicken.


In the sentence, should we say, “I’m baking pasta and cooking chicken”? I doubt you can bake pasta so that's incorrect but you can cook chicken.

2.
M: Since they don’t give us a discount, let’s cancel all the orders.
W: We should try to exercise a little bit control. We’re overreacting.

What is another way to say “We should try to exercise a little bit control”? This is incorrect. It should read: We should exercise a bit of/some control.
Alternatively you can say We should refrain from taking any rush decisions.


3 .  Against the odds, the team won three exciting games and clinched the title.
   John lost his lottery ticket. His winning the lottery is against the odds.

Does “against the odds” in the first sentence have the same meaning as the one in the second? What is the difference? yes, same meaning, no differences

4. Could you drop me off at entrance 2 of the MRT Taipower Station?

What could be taken in place of “drop me off at..”? “Leave me at” or what else? nothing else than I can think of. I'd stick to drop off, btw.

5. The odds of winning the lottery are less likely than getting hit by lightening twice.

In the sentence, does it mean the same if “likely” is left out? You should leave "likely" out in fact your sentence should read: The odds of winning the lottery are smaller than those of getting hit...


6. M: Sophie, pray for me. I’m going to propose to Mary tonight.
 W: Way to go, dude! I’ll cross my fingers tight.

What is another way to say “Way to go”?  “Good going” , “nice job” or “wonderful”? Either one

7. M: Rachael, I am going to the final stage of the interview today.
 W: Do your best, dude. I will cross my fingers.

Is it possible to replace “I will cross my fingers” with “Cross your fingers”?  What is the difference?
You can't replace "I will cross..." with "(you) cross your fingers" You can though say "Fingers crossed" instead

8. What is a synonym and an antonym for “addressee”?
“Recipient” and “sender” or “addresser”?

It really depends on what you mean by "addressee" - if you mean receiver then the following are synonyms: recipient, beneficiary, collector, while sender, donor and giver would be antonyms.

9. M: What is the answer?
 W: Beats me! It’s beyond my knowledge.

What is another way to say “beats me”?  No clue! No idea! I don't know.

10. M: Want another drink?
  W:____________________.

In the conversation, if W responses “No, thanks. I have drunk bloody enough today.”, does it have same meaning as “No, thanks. I have drunk a lot today.”? yes


11. M: Do you like your job?
  W: It doesn’t matter. It pays the bills.
  M: You sound kind of ______ when you say that.

What can be filled in the blank? “Apathetic”? yes or jaded, bored, unenthusiastic

12. M: Do you visit your aunt very often?
  W: No.
  M: Why?
  W:______________________________.

What could be W’s response? “It’s not easy to get to the remote area”? yes or My schedule is so busy and  I can't find the time to travel that far. or I'd have to take a plane to get to her and I am afraid of flying.  

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