English as a Second Language/word choice

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1.
M: _________________________?
W: yes, exactly one hundred reams.


What could be M’s question?

“Did you count the amount of paper?”  or “Did you get the paper you ordered”?


2. M: Who is working on the graphics?
  W: I don’t know if Linda will be assigned to do the job or not.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “working on”? “Doing”, “drawing” or “designing”?

(2.) In the response, may I just say “I don’t know if Linda will be given/assigned the job or not”?

3. I’ll arrange to have him picked up at the airport.

Does it mean the same if I say, “I ‘ll arrange for someone to pick him up at the airport”?

4. M:_________________________?
  W: Two seats have been reserved for the flight.

What could be M’s question?  “Were you able to book the flight” or “What did the travel agent say”?


5. He is in shape.

Does it mean the same if I say “He is healthy/ fit”?


6. Where do you take your car for regular car maintenance?

How do I rephrase the sentence using “maintain”? “Where do you have your car maintained?”

7. The boss called a meeting on short notice.
  The airlines canceled the flight on such short notice.

What can be taken in place of “on short notice” and “on such short notice” in each of the sentences?


8. M: ________________________.
  W: No, the decision will be made my boss.

What could be M’s question?  “Will you be the one who makes the final decision” or “have you had any candidate in mind?”


9.
M: I’d like to pick up the ticket on Friday, if that’s Okay with you.
 W: I’d advise against that.

In the first conversation, what is another way to say “I’d advise against that”?

“I disagree ” or “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”?

10. M: Did you remember to pick up your dry cleaning during lunch break?

   W: I didn’t have time to run down the street and get it.

In the conversation, may I replace “run down” to “run to” ? What is the difference?

11. Do can assist Mr. Wang with his travel or do you have work to attend to?

What is another way to say “Do you have work to attend to”?  “Do you work to do” or “are you busy”?


12. M: ___________________________?
   W: I’ll book the seats right away.

What could be M’s question or statement?

“If you want window seats, there are two left.”

Answer
1.
M: _________________________?
W: yes, exactly one hundred reams.


What could be M’s question?

“Did you count the reams of paper?


2. M: Who is working on the graphics?
 W: I don’t know if Linda will be assigned to do the job or not.

(1.)What can be taken in place of “working on”? “Doing”, “drawing” or “designing”? nothing here as working is the most general word you can use (doing doesn't work whatsoever, and then drawing or designing would be too restrictive)

(2.) In the response, may I just say “I don’t know if Linda will be given/assigned the job or not”? yes

3. I’ll arrange to have him picked up at the airport.

Does it mean the same if I say, “I ‘ll arrange for someone to pick him up at the airport”? yes

4. M:_________________________?
 W: Two seats have been reserved for the flight.

What could be M’s question?  “Were you able to book the flight” or “What did the travel agent say”? either


5. He is in shape.

Does it mean the same if I say “He is healthy/ fit”? yes


6. Where do you take your car for regular car maintenance?

How do I rephrase the sentence using “maintain”? “Where do you have your car maintained?” this won't work here Alternatively yoou can say "Where do you have your car sevriced?"

7. The boss called a meeting on short notice.
 The airlines canceled the flight on such short notice.

What can be taken in place of “on short notice” and “on such short notice” in each of the sentences? unexpectedly


8. M: ________________________.
 W: No, the decision will be made my boss.

What could be M’s question?  “Will you be the one who makes the final decision” or “have you had any candidate in mind?” either
the answer is "wrong" though, you need "by" in front of "my boss"


9.
M: I’d like to pick up the ticket on Friday, if that’s Okay with you.
W: I’d advise against that.

In the first conversation, what is another way to say “I’d advise against that”? I wouldn't recommend it

“I disagree ”  no
or “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”? yes

10. M: Did you remember to pick up your dry cleaning during lunch break?

  W: I didn’t have time to run down the street and get it.

In the conversation, may I replace “run down” to “run to” ? What is the difference?
if you want to use "run to" you'd have to rephrase ... "run to the cleaners and get it"
run to the street wouldn't make sense here

11. Do can assist Mr. Wang with his travel or do you have work to attend to?

This should read: Can you assist Mr. Wang...

What is another way to say “Do you have work to attend to”?  “Do you work to do” or “are you busy”? either


12. M: ___________________________?
  W: I’ll book the seats right away.

What could be M’s question or statement?

“If you want window seats, there are two left.” that works  

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