Use of English
Vocabulary and Structure
--- Hello, may I talk to the manager about the price? --- __________ .
A.Sorry, he is out at the moment
B.No, you can’t
C.Sorry, you can’t
D.I don’t know
--- Can I borrow your camera for a couple of days? --- __________ .
A.Yes, you may borrow
B.Yes, go on
C.Sure, here you ar
D.Enjoy your journey
E.It doesn’t matter
--- Mr. Chairman, could I raise a point about the plan? --- __________ .
A.Yes, Dr Chock
B.I think so, either
C.Yes, I hope not
D.No, I have no idea
--- Sorry to interrupt, but can you give me another copy of the handout? --- __________ .
A.No, of course not
C.I’m sorry to hear that
D.By no means, but it’s impossible
--- Do you mind if I join you? --- __________ .
A.I’m very happy to do so
D.Oh, I can’t
We can make mistakes at any age. Some mistakes we make are about money. But most mistakes are about people. “Did Jerry really care when I broke up with Helen?” “When I got that great job, did Jerry really feel good about it, as a friend? Or did he envy my luck?” When we look back, doubts like these can make us feel bad. But when we look back, it’s too late. Why do we go wrong about our friends – or out enemies? Sometimes what people say hides their meaning. And if we don’t really listen, we miss the feeling behind the words. Suppose someone tells you, “you’re a lucky dog”. Is he really on your side? If he says, “You’re a lucky guy” or “You’re a lucky gal”, that’s being friendly. But “lucky dog”? There’s a bit of envy in those words. Maybe he doesn’t see it himself. But bringing in the “dog” bit puts you down a little. What he may be saying is that he doesn’t think you deserve your luck. How can you tell the real meaning behind someone’s words? One way is to take a good look at the person talking. Do his words fit the way he looks? Does what he says square with the tone of voice? His posture(體態)? The look in his eyes? Stop and think. The minute you spend thinking about the real meaning of what people say to you may save another mistake. From the questions in the first paragraph we can learn that the speaker __________ .
A. feels happy, thinking of how nice his friends were to him
B. feels he may not have “read” his friends’ true feelings correctly
C. thinks it was a mistake to have broken up with his girl friend, Helen
D. is sorry that his friends let him down
In the second paragraph, the author uses the example of “You’re a lucky dog” to show that __________ .
A.the speaker of this sentence is just being friendly
B.this saying means the same as “You’re a lucky guy” or “You’re a lucky gal”
C.sometimes the words used by a speaker give a clue to the feeling behind the words
D.the word “dog” shouldn’t be used to apply to people
This passage tries to tell you how to __________ .
A.avoid mistakes about money and friends
B.bring the “dog” bit into our conversation
C.avoid mistakes in understanding what people tell you
D.keep people friendly without trusting them
In listening to a person, the important thing is __________ .
A.to notice his tone, his posture, and the look in his eyes
B.to listen to how he pronounces his words
C.to check his words against his manner, his tone of voice, and his posture
D.not to believe what he says
If you followed the advice of the writer, you would __________ .
A.be able to get the real meaning of what people say to you
B.avoid and mistakes while talking with people who envy you
C.not lose real friends who say things that do not please you
D.be able to observe people as they are talking to you