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Question
1.
M:__________________________.

W: Yes, the company’s policy needs to be adjusted.

What could be M’s question?

“Do you think our employees are underpaid?”
“Should we make some changes to the company’s policy?”


2. He lost all his money playing the stock market.

What is the difference if I say, “He lost all his money investing in the stock market”?


3. Can you use the Internet on your cell phone?

What is the difference if I say, “Does your cell phone have Internet access”?

4. M: Why don’t you go shopping between 5-9 pm?
  W: It’s torture trying to find parking places during these hours.

What can be taken in place of “torture”?  “Suffering” or what else?


5. M: Why did John bomb the test?
  W: Because he failed to calm himself.

Does it mean the same if I say, “Because he failed to calm down or stay calm”?

6. M: Did John tell you that someone took his new PC.
  W: Yes, I hope it’s nothing to do with you.

In the conversation, what is another way to say “I hope it’s nothing to do with you”?  “I hope it doesn’t concern you.”?


7. M: ___________________________________?
  W: I don’t think the business needs to be changed in any way
What could be M’s question?

“Should we change the way we do (our) business?”

8.  M: Can you finish these tasks in two days?
   W: Don’t you think you expect too much.

What is another way to say “Don’t you think you expect too much”?

9. I am fed up with all this roadwork in Taipei.

What can be taken in place of “fed up with” and “roadwork”?

“tired of” and “road construction”?

10. Ken cheated Fiona out of money. He asked her to pay for an MP3 player, but he never paid her back.

Does it mean the same if I say, “…but he never gave back her money”?


11. M: Dan is an extraordinary artist. You don’t find talent like his in this field.
   W: I’d say so. He’s got a lot of attitude too.


What is another way to say “You don’t find talent like his in this field” and “he’s got a lot of attitude”?

“You don’t find someone as talented as him in this field”  and what?

Answer
1.
M:__________________________.

W: Yes, the company’s policy needs to be adjusted.

What could be M’s question?

“Do you think our employees are underpaid?” this would be a stretch
“Should we make some changes to the company’s policy?” yes


2. He lost all his money playing the stock market.

What is the difference if I say, “He lost all his money investing in the stock market”? no difference


3. Can you use the Internet on your cell phone?

What is the difference if I say, “Does your cell phone have Internet access”? this sounds more natural

4. M: Why don’t you go shopping between 5-9 pm?
 W: It’s torture trying to find parking places during these hours.

What can be taken in place of “torture”?  “Suffering” or what else? no to suffering; "a pain" "difficult to find..."


5. M: Why did John bomb the test?
 W: Because he failed to calm himself.

Does it mean the same if I say, “Because he failed to calm down or stay calm”? yes

6. M: Did John tell you that someone took his new PC.
 W: Yes, I hope it’s nothing to do with you.

In the conversation, what is another way to say “I hope it’s nothing to do with you”?  “I hope it doesn’t concern you.”? no this wouldn't be correct

"Yes, I hope you had no involvement." but I'd stick to the original


7. M: ___________________________________?
 W: I don’t think the business needs to be changed in any way
What could be M’s question?

“Should we change the way we do (our) business?” yes

8.  M: Can you finish these tasks in two days?
  W: Don’t you think you expect too much.

What is another way to say “Don’t you think you expect too much”? Your expectations are quite high.

9. I am fed up with all this roadwork in Taipei.

What can be taken in place of “fed up with” and “roadwork”?

“tired of” and “road construction”? yes

10. Ken cheated Fiona out of money. He asked her to pay for an MP3 player, but he never paid her back.

Does it mean the same if I say, “…but he never gave back her money”? no, that would imply that she gave him money to begin with


11. M: Dan is an extraordinary artist. You don’t find talent like his in this field.
  W: I’d say so. He’s got a lot of attitude too.


What is another way to say “You don’t find talent like his in this field” and “he’s got a lot of attitude”?

“You don’t find someone as talented as him in this field”  and what? "he's got quite a temper" (even though it really depends on what you're trying to say)  

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