"The Market" Diego Rivera, 1923
A: How often do you go to the movies?
B: I go to the movies about once a month.
A: I hardly ever go to the movies unless it’s really popular.
B: I almost never go to a concert. I should go more often.
A: I usually rent a movie from the video store. It’s cheaper.
B: I always eat popcorn when I watch a movie.
A: How often does Robert go bowling?
B: He goes bowling once a week. He loves to bowl.
A: Does he always use the same bowling ball?
B: Yes, he owns a bowling ball. He always uses it.
A: My brother sometimes borrows my bowling ball.
B: My wife and I don’t usually go bowling during the week.
A: Apples are sometimes expensive. And sometimes, they’re cheap.
B: Carrots are usually inexpensive. It depends where you buy them
A: Wine is never cheap. Good wine is always over ten dollars a bottle.
B: I never drink wine, so the high price of wine never bothers me.
A: These jars of jam are four dollars each.
B: Four dollars for a jar of jam? Let me out of here.
A: How often do you eat dessert?
B: I hardly ever eat dessert. I have to watch my weight.
A: I never eat dessert unless I’m at a dinner party.
B: I confess I sometimes eat something sweet between meals.
A: I understand that. Sweet treats always tempt me.
B: I admit I often think about eating chocolate candy.
A: Henry wants to be a professional tennis player.
B: That’s why he always practices after school.
A: He often practices more than six hours a day.
B: He usually plays excellently on the school team.
A: He sometimes gets very tired and can’t study at night.
B: Even when he studies, he always thinks about tennis.
A: At Marshall’s, the clothes are always on sale.
B: I know. They’re sometimes half the price of the regular store.
A: I can usually find a real bargain at Marshall’s.
B: I must always spend a lot of time shopping there.
A: You can never find exactly the clothes you want.
B: No, you can’t. But, I’m usually lucky. I find nice things.
A: What do we usually do in English class?
B: We usually study conversation and pronunciation.
A: I always learn a few new words in this class.
B: We usually have a listening exercise.
A: I’m glad we practice listening. I always have trouble understanding when people speak fast.
B: The teacher sometimes gives us a dictation.
A: The doctor always tells me to exercise more.
B: Do you usually have time to exercise?
A: I almost never have time to exercise. I always work or go to school.
B: Don’t you sometimes have a chance to walk?
A: Yes, I usually walk to school. I never take the bus.
B: If you always walk to school, you’re getting good exercise.
A: You should know that the boss is complaining.
B: She always complains about me.
A: She says you’re never on time to work.
B: That’s not true. I’m usually on time.
A: She says you never call the office when you’re going to be late.
B: She’s complaining about nothing. I always call if I’m going to be sick or late.
A: Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard are always embarrassed by their dog, Rex.
B: Rex is obnoxious. He always makes a lot of noise.
A: He never sleeps at night. He always has fleas.
B: He’s hardly ever nice to the mail person.
A: No, he usually tries to bite whoever visits the Hubbards.
B: He is sometimes a very sweet dog, but only if you give him his favorite dog biscuit.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
A: To be honest, I think Roger is a careless driver.
B: I agree. He drives very carelessly.
A: He shouldn’t drive carelessly. He might get hurt.
B: Also, I think Roger is a dishonest card player.
A: That’s right. I caught him cheating last night.
B: He plays cards very dishonestly.
A: To be honest, I think Maria is a beautiful singer.
B: I agree. She sings very beautifully.
A: She should audition for more musicals. She might get hired.
B: I agree. She’s also a very graceful dancer.
A: You’re right. I saw her dance very nicely last night.
B: She dances very gracefully.
A: Olga and David are good tennis players.
B: I agree. They play tennis very well.
A: They should play professionally. They might make some money.
B: I watched them play yesterday. They hit the ball very hard. They moved very fast.
A: Exactly. They’re also excellent tennis teachers.
B: Yes, their students improve rapidly.
A: Those teenagers are sloppy painters.
B: I’m afraid so. They paint very sloppily.
A: They should try to paint more neatly. They miss too many spots.
B: The trouble is, they don’t work hard enough.
A: No, they don’t. They always think about having fun instead of working.
B: They’re still painting the same wall? They work too slowly.
A: Fred shouted at his boss angrily yesterday.
B: Fred shouldn’t shout at his boss angrily. Fred might get fired.
A: He was upset because he didn’t get a raise.
B: He spoke angrily last week too. He shouldn’t get angry so frequently.
A: I told him to try to talk to the boss more calmly.
B: Yes, if he speaks more calmly, he might get a raise.
A: You didn’t translate the story very accurately.
B: Really? I translated it as accurately as I could.
A: Not only that, you didn’t type it neatly.
B: I didn’t? Did I make a lot of spelling mistakes?
A: You should use the dictionary regularly.
B: All right, next time I’ll translate the story better.
A: You should speak to your parents more politely.
B: I try to speak to them as politely as I can.
A: If you want to borrow the car, ask them nicely.
B: But I know they don’t need the car tonight. Why can’t I use it?
A: They’re willing to let you use it if you ask them respectfully.
B: I didn’t realize I was talking so impolitely.
A: The boss thinks Mike is doing very well on the job.
B: I’m glad to hear that. Mike is a good worker.
A: Mike files the letters very carefully.
B: Oh, I know. Mike is a very careful worker.
A: He speaks to the customers on the phone very politely.
B: Mike knows how to talk to customers.
A: The director thinks Sheila is doing very well in the
B: I’m happy to know that. She used to speak too softly.
A: Now, she’s speaking more loudly.
B: She also used to dance very awkwardly. Is she doing better?
A: Much better. Now, she dances very gracefully.
B: I hope she’ll be a movie star some day.
A: The teacher is happy about Billy’s progress.
B: That’s good. He’s doing better than before.
A: He used to arrive at school too late. But now he’s on time.
B: He used to hand in his homework late, too.
A: That’s right. Now, he hands it in earlier.
B: I saw him last week. He dresses much neater than before.
A: That’s right. He used to dress too sloppily.
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