Exámenes EBAU: Situaciones
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!
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...
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 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....!
What a pity / shame...!
I’m sorry about...
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!