Los ejemplos siguientes corresponden a la actividad número cuatro de la prueba, es decir, la actividad conocida como 'situations'. A continuación veremos posibles situaciones y las posibles respuestas que podemos dar.
- Your parents have given you some money. Invite your best friend to the cinema.
- Your brother has lost the tickets for the football match. What can you do? Make a suggestion.
- On Friday afternoon your sister is bored at home. Make an interesting suggestion
- Why don’t you / we go to the movies tonight?
- You / we could visit New York while you’re / we’re there.
- Let’s go to the travel agent’s this afternoon to book our ticket.
- What about asking your brother for help?
- How about going to Hawaii for your vacation?
- I suggest you, we take all the factors into consideration before we decide.
- I suggest that we should ...
- I think we should...
AGREEING WITH SUGGESTIONS
- You are invited to a party and you would like to go. What would you say?
- Your parents ask you to go with them to Vancouver on holiday and you accept. What would you say?
- A friend asks you to help him / her prepare a surprise party and you agree. What would you say?
- That’s a good idea!
- What a good idea!
- That sounds like a very good idea!
- Yes, why not!
- Yes, let’s...
DISAGREEING WITH SUGGESTIONS
- You’re invited to a party but you wouldn’t like to go. What would you say?
- Your parents ask you to go with them to Miami on holiday but you don’t accept. What would you say?
- A friend asks you to help him/her prepare a surprise party and you disagree. What would you say?
- I don’t think it is a very good idea.
- That doesn’t sound like a very good idea to me.
- No, let’s not go.
- There is no hot water in your hotel bedroom.
- The waiter has brought you something you did not order.
- You are at the library studying for an exam and there are lots of students talking and you can’t study.
- I’m sorry to have to say this but...
- I’m sorry to bother you, but...
- Maybe you forgot to...
- Don’t get me wrong, but I think we should...
- I’m afraid to say this... / I’m afraid that ...
- I’m fed up with...
- I can’t stand...
- I wish you wouldn’t...
AGREEING AND DISAGREEING
- Your classmates think that they should wear uniform at school. Give your opinion.
- Your teacher tells you that you have to do some extra activities during the exam period. Give your opinion.
- Prices in the cafeteria are going to be lowered. What is your opinion?
- I quite/absolutely/entirely agree with you...
- I think you are (absolutely) right.
- I see what you mean, but...
- I can see that but...
- I suppose you can be right but...
- I’m sorry but I don’t agree with...
- You can’t be serious...
- I think that is nonsense...
- I’m afraid I have to disagree with you.
- I agree with much / most of what you say, but...
ASKING FOR INFORMATION
- You and your friend are in London and you don’t know how to get to the London Eye.
- You want to take a bus to the beach but you don’t know which line to take.
- You go to a shopping centre to buy a new laptop but you don’t know which one to buy.
- Could you tell me...?
- Do you know...?
- I’d like to know...
- Could/Can you give me any information about/on..., please?
- I’m interested in...
- I’m looking for...
ASKING FOR ADVICE
- You have a terrible headache. Ask your mother for some advice.
- Your boy/girlfriend has asked you to live together. Ask your friend for advice.
- You don’t know exactly what to study so you go to talk to the school counsellor.
- I’m not sure what to do...
- Could you give me some advice about...?
- Do you think I should...?
- What would you advise me to do....?
- What would you recommend...?
- I’d like some advice about...
- What would you do if you were me?
- Your sister has problems in her job and asks you for advice.
- Your father is very stressed because he is always working.
- Your best friend spends all the money s/he earns and s/he has economic problems.
- I (don’t) think you should...
- You should... / You shouldn’t...
- If I were you, I’d...
- If I were in your positions, I’d...
- You had better... / You’d better...
- Whatever you do, ....
- A friend of yours invites you to a concert but you don’t feel like going.
- Your mother invites you to go shopping with her this afternoon.
- Your favourite football team plays and your brother gets some tickets and invites you to go.
- That sounds very nice...
- That’s very kind of you...
- Lovely! / That’s great! / Wonderful!
- Thank you very much / so much.
- Would you like to see a film tonight?
- Do you fancy going to the cinema?
- You will go to the cinema, won’t you?
- I’m afraid I can’t go out tonight. I’ve got a test tomorrow.
- That’s very kind of you but...
- Thank you very much but...
- Thank you but I’d rather... / I prefer...
- I wish I could but...
- Sorry, but I’m not very fond of... / very keen on...
- You watch an old woman having problems carrying some bags.
- You work as a shop assistant in a clothes shop. You look at a man who seems a little bit lost.
- You are walking down the street and you see a child crying on the floor.
- May/Can I help you?
- Are you looking for something?
- Would you like some help?
- Do you need some help?
- What can I do for you?
- Is there anything I can do (to help)?
- Can I give you a hand with...?
ASKING FOR HELP
- You are very tired because you have studied a lot. You want a sandwich and your mother is in the kitchen.
- You arrive at a very big shopping centre and you don’t know where the supermarket is. Ask for help.
- You are in New York and you are looking for the Madison Square Garden.
- I’d like to have...
- I need...
- Could / Will you please...?
- I’m looking for...
- Would you mind...?
- Do me a favour...
- You and your brother have forgotten your mother’s birthday.
- Accidentally, you drop an ice cream on your best friend’s jacket.
- You have forgotten your homework and your teacher wants to have a look at them.
- I’m sorry.
- I made a mistake.
- Please accept my apologies.
- I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to...
ASKING FOR OPINIONS
- You are at a shop and you can’t decide which trousers (the black or the blue ones) to buy.
- You have just finished a difficult paper but you are not happy with it. Ask your opinion to your classmates.
- What do you think...?
- What are your thoughts about...?
- What do you feel...?
- Your best friend has broken his leg for the second time this year. What would you say?
- Your best friend gets a ten in a very difficult subject. Congratulate him/her.
- Your sister tells you that she is getting married next week. What would you say?
- What a good / great / wonderful....!
- Well done!
- Congratulations on...
- What a pity / shame...!
- I’m sorry about...
- Never mind.
- I know how it feels.
- The soup tastes terrible in an expensive restaurant.
- Your favourite team loses the match although they were wining during the fist half.
- You meet your favourite actor and he doesn’t pay attention to you.
- Excuse me, but I think this soup is not good.
- What a terrible...!
- What a disappointment!
- You were terrible!