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Dialogues involving suggestions, invitations, offers and requests

TOEFL preparation
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Jose Francisco Peraza

on 7 May 2014

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A) Suggestions
These are pieces of advice that one speaker gives another. In most dialogues, the first speaker poses a problem and the second speaker suggests a possible solution to that problem. In some dialogues, the first speaker makes a suggestion, and the second speaker responds to that suggestion positively or negatively.
Making suggestions
Why don't you/we...
Why not...
Have you ever thought of...
You/we might want to...
You/we could always...
Maybe you/we could...
Try...
Why not!
Good idea!
That's an idea.
Sounds good to me.
By all means!
Why didn't I think of that?
That`s a worth try.
Thanks, I'll give that a try.
Positive responses
Section 1. Guide to listening comprehension.
Lesson 7
A number of dialogues in Part A involve a speaker making and/or responding to suggestions, invitations, offers, and requests. There are many ways to express these language functions. Some are listed below in this lesson, while others are practiced in the exercises.
Dialogues involving suggestions, invitations, offers, and requests
If I were you...
If I were in your shoes...
You/we should...
Shouldn't you/we...
What about...
What if you/we...
How about...
Negative responses.
I don't thik so.
I don't believe so.
I already tought of that.
I don't think that will work.
Don´t look at me!
Can I take a rain check?
(this means, could we do this some other time)
Sample Item
You will listen:
M1:
I'm doing so poorly in math class, I think I'm going to have to drop it.
F1:
You know Frank, you should talk to Proffesor de Marco before you do anything. She's given special help to lots of students who where having trouble.
M2:
What does the woman suggest Frank to do?
You will read:
(A) Study with a group of students.
(B) Drop his mathematics course.
(C) Discuss the problem with the professor.
(D) Take no action at this time.
The woman suggests that the man talks to professor de Marco because the professor has helped has helped many studebts in the past

B) Invitations
These are requests for someone to come somewhere or to take part in some activity. The first speaker may invite the second speaker to do something and the second speaker responds, or the second speaker may invite the first speaker to do something
Making invitations
Shall we...
Would you like to...
Would you care to...
would you be able to...
Want to...
Let`s...
Do you want to...
Could you
Can you...
Positive responses
Yes, let's
Sure thanks
Sounds good
All right, I'd love to.
I'd like that.
What a great idea!
Sure. Thanks for inviting me
If you want me to...
Negative responses:
I'm sorry but...
I'd like to but...
I'd love to but...
Thanks a lot but...
That sounds nice but...
I'll pass...
Thanks for the invitation, but
I don't think I'll be able to make it this time

You will hear:
M1: Would you like to join us on Sunday?
we are going to go on a picnic
Sample item:
Sample item:
You will hear:
M1: Would you like to join us on Sunday?
we're going to go on a picnic at the lake.
F1: I'd love to, but I have a test on Monday and
I have to get ready to it.
M2: What will the woman probably do on Sunday?
You will read:
(A) Study for a test
(B) Go on a picnic.
(C) Take an exam.
(D) Join a club.
C) Offers
These are proposals to help someone or allow someone to do something. Either speaker in the dialogue may make an offer.
Making offers:
Let me...
Shall I...
Would you like me to...
Do you want me to...
Can I...
May I...
Should I...
I could...

Positive responses:
That would be nice.
Yes, please.
Please do.
Sure thanks.
Negative responses:
I don't think so.
I'm afraid not.
That won't be necessary.
Thanks anyway.
Please don't.
Sample item.
You will ear:
F1: Should I make reservations for dinner Friday night?
M1: Thanks anyway, but I've already made them.
M2: What does the man mean?
You will read:
(A) He can't go to dinner Friday night.
(B) Reservations won't be required.
(C) He made reservations earlier.
(D) He'd like the woman to make reservations.
D) Requests
To make requests is to ask someone to do something, or to ask for help or information.
Making requests:
Would you...
Could you / I...
Do you mind if...
Would you mind if...
Will you...
May I...
Can you / I...
Positive responses
I'd be glad to.
I'd be delighted
Sure thing.
Certainly.
Why not.
If you want to.
If you'd like.
You bet.
*Not at all.
*Of course not.
*Responses for "Do you mind if..." or would you mind if"
Negative responses
Sorry but...
I'm afraid not...
I'd like to but...
I wish I could, but...
*Actually I do/would.
*I'm afraid I do/would.
*As a matter of fact, I do/would.
Sample Item:
You will hear:
M1: I have to make one more phone call before I go.
F2: take your time Would you just lock the office door when you finish?
M2: What does the woman want the man to do?
You will read:
(A) Lock the office.
(B) Finish his phone call quickly.
(C) Tell her what the time is.
(D) Look up a phone number
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