Short Conversations

11.       
M: How many people speak English as their native tongue?
W: Roughly I imagine about two hundred and fifty million in the United States and two hundred million in the British Commonwealth.
Q: How many people are believed to be native speakers of English?

12.       
M: I'm still hungry, mother. I want the chocolate cake that I saw on the menu.
W: But your weight is already a regular problem. Eat something that won't make you fatter.
Q: What is the mother worried about?

13.       
W: Look here, Peter. The Nile is longer than the Mississippi.
M: Maybe. But the Nile doesn't have as much river traffic.
Q: What are the man and woman probably doing?

14.       
W: I think we should do more to expand our business still further.
M: No, to go back to what I was saying earlier, we really need to think again before making the decision.
Q: What does the man think of the woman's suggestion?

15.       
M: Dr. Hanson wants to redecorate the patient's waiting room. He asked me to do some research to find out what colors would be best.
W: That sounds like quite a job. How did you research something like that?
Q: What is the woman's opinion of the research work?

16.       
W: Show me that sentence you were talking about. What page is it on?
M: It's near the end of the book, on the next to last page. Right here, in this middle para­graph.
Q: Which page was the man talking about?

17.       
M: Now, Mrs. Thorpe, can you remember what the pickpocket looked like?
W: I'll never forget him. It's disgraceful, picking on elderly people like me.
Q: What happened to the woman?

18.       
W: Do we have enough time for the 7:30 train if we get off right away?
M: No, it's too late. It's impossible for us to get to the station in 20 minutes.
Q: What time is it now?