11. A: Bob is late to work today. I wonder what’s wrong? B: It’s hard to say. He could be stuck in traffic. A: Or, he could be sick, or his car could be broken. B: He might be out of town. A: Yes, that’s a possibility. Or he might be on the bus. B: He’s never this late. He must have a good reason. 12. A: Mary swims a lot and also runs every day. B: That’s wonderful. She must be in very good shape. A: Jack has very few kitchen utensils. B: He must not cook very much. He must eat out a lot. A: Sylvia is getting a new passport picture. B: She must need to renew her passport. 13. A: What’s wrong, Mary? You sound upset. B: I am upset. I’m baby-sitting for my one-year-old nephew. He’s crying. I don’t know why. A: Well, he might be hungry. You should feed him. B: I already tried to feed him. He still cries. A: His diaper might be wet. You should change him. B: I tried to change his diaper. It was dry. 14. A: He might be very tired. You should try to put him to sleep. B: I tried to put him in bed. But he’s still crying. A: He’s just nervous. You should try to calm him down. B: That’s a good idea. He might like music. A: Yes, he might like your song. You should sing to him. B: Wait. I don’t hear him crying now. He must be asleep. 15. A: Why is Stan returning the CD he got for his birthday? B: I don’t know. He must not like it. A: Joy is very bright, but she doesn’t get good grades. B: She might not study hard enough. She should study harder. A: Steve gets headaches when he reads books. B: I think he might need glasses. 16. A: Mr. Jones, I’m really worried about your lungs. B: Really, Doctor? Should I stop smoking? A: Yes, you must stop smoking or you’ll have serious problems. 16. (cont) B: But, Doctor, I can’t quit smoking, I just can’t. A: Yes, you can. Anyone can quit smoking if they really want to. B: All right, I’ll quit, even though it will be hard. 17. A: Mrs. Parker, I’m really worried about your high blood pressure. B: Really, Doctor? Should I cut down on salty food\? A: Yes, you must stop eating salty food or you’ll have serious heart problems. B: I can’t stop eating salty food, I just can’t. A: You shouldn’t say that. You can control what you eat. B: All right, Doctor. I’ll stop eating salty food, even though it will be difficult.. 18. A: I won’t be able to help you move tomorrow. B: You won’t? Did something come up? A: Yes, I’ve got to take my son to the doctor. B: That’s all right. I’ll be able to move by myself. A: I won’t be able to help Mary clean her garage, either. B: No problem. I’m sure she’ll be able to clean it by herself. 19. A: Was Jimmy able to lift his grandmother’s suitcase? B: No, he wasn’t able to lift it. It was too heavy. A: Was Louise able to paint her house yesterday? B: No, she wasn’t able to paint it. It was too windy. A: Were your children able to see the fireworks last night? B: No, they weren’t able to see them. There were too many buildings in the way. 20. A: It must be late. Could you tell me time? B: Sure. It’s five thirty. You must be hungry. A: Yes, I think I’ll have an early dinner. I shouldn’t stay up late. B: I have to get up early tomorrow. I can’t stay out late. A: There’s a good restaurant nearby, but I can’t remember the name. B: I know which one you mean. They have excellent burritos there. A: Let’s go grab an early supper.
Welcome to Grammartalk. This blog contains conversation practices that focus on the grammar of English. The conversations are what people might really say in each situation. However, the grammar is stressed. A good way to use Grammartalk is to practice the conversations, and also notice the grammar in the questions and answers. This site is a good place to practice both conversation and grammar. Also, check out the other blogs: Dialogue Workout, Consonants for ESL Students, and ESL Audio Files. There is a lot of material here for students of English as a Second Language. Enjoy!