Friday, September 28, 2012

Exercise: Asking For, Giving, and Responding to an Advice / Suggestion

A. Choose the best answer to each question.

  1. Woman: "......... to the party tonight?"
    Man: "You’d better wear the dress that you wore to the prom last month. It looks wonderful on you."
    1. What are you going to wear.
    2. Can I recommend something to wear
    3. Do you have something to wear
    4. What do you think I should wear
    5. Which dress could you wear
  2. In the above dialog, the woman ..........
    1. asks the man for a suggestion
    2. agrees with the man’s suggestion
    3. gives the man a suggestion
    4. disagrees with the man’s suggestion
    5. asks the man about his party
  3. In the above dialog, the man ..........
    1. asks the woman for a suggestion
    2. agrees with the woman’s suggestion
    3. gives the woman a suggestion
    4. disagrees with the woman’s suggestion
    5. invites the woman to a party
  4. Woman: "I’d like to ......... about my soup. There’s a fly in it. What can you do about it?"
    Man: "We are terribly sorry for that, madam. We’ll replace it with a new one."
    1. regret
    2. apologize
    3. consider
    4. reject
    5. complain
  5. In the above dialog, the man .........
    1. regrets the woman’s opinion
    2. agrees with the woman’s suggestion
    3. apologizes to the woman
    4. disagrees with the woman
    5. asks for the woman’s opinion
  6. Where does the above dialog possibly take place?
    1. A restaurant
    2. An office
    3. The post office
    4. A bank
    5. A travel agent
  7. Woman: "Oh, this bag is so heavy that I can hardly lift it."
    Man: ".........?"
    Woman: "Thank you. That’s very kind of you."
    1. Can I make it not heavy?
    2. Can you help me?
    3. Can you do me a favor?
    4. Can I give you a hand?
    5. Can I see the bag for you?
  8. In the above dialog, the man .......
    1. asks the woman’s help
    2. offers to help the woman
    3. asks the woman to help
    4. agrees with the woman’s offer
    5. suggests the woman to help him
  9. What will the man probably do?
    1. carry the woman’s bag
    2. put the woman’s bag
    3. bring his bag to the woman
    4. make the woman’s bag lighter
    5. let the woman carry her bag
  10. Which of the following is used to ask for a suggestion?
    1. What should I do?
    2. I think you shouldn't do that.
    3. I don't think so.
    4. I think you should ask for a suggestion.
    5. Let's take his advice.

B. Error Identification: Choose the underlined word or phrase which must be changed in order for the sentence to be correct.

  1. Man: It is very hot here. It seems that the air conditioner doesn't work.
    Woman: Yes, it does. I think you should having it checked.
  2. Woman: My motorcycle wouldn't start. Can you help me?
    Man: Let's me check. Maybe the spark plug needs to be replaced.
    Woman: I think so.
  3. Woman: My car is being repaired. I will probably take a bus home this evening.
    Man: Will I give you a lift?
    Woman: You’re very kind. Thanks.
  4. Man: You are good at English. You always remember so much vocabulary. I don’t know how you do it.
    Woman: Oh, vocabulary isn’t a problem. You should be said the word out loud a few times and it will stick in your head.
  5. The latest report on children and the media suggest that children would be able to concentrate and work well if they were restricted to only two hours use of the media every day.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Asking For, Giving, and Responding to Advices / Suggestions

Standard Competence for SMA:
Mendengarkan:
1. Memahami makna dalam teks percakapan transaksional dan interpersonal resmi dan berlanjut dalam konteks kehidupan sehari-hari.
Berbicara:
3. Mengungkapkan makna dalam teks percakapan transaksional dan interpersonal resmi dan berlanjut dalam konteks kehidupan sehari-hari.

Basic Competence for SMA
Mendengarkan:
1.1 Merespon makna dalam percakapan transaksional (to get things done) dan interpersonal (bersosialisasi) resmi dan berlanjut (sustained) secara akurat, lancar dan berterima dalam konteks kehidupan sehari-hari dan melibatkan tindak tutur: mengusulkan, memohon, mengeluh, membahas kemungkinan atau untuk melakukan sesuatu, dan memerintah.
Berbicara:
3.1 Mengungkapkan makna dalam percakapan transaksional (to get things done) dan interpersonal (bersosialisasi) resmi dan berlanjut (sustained) secara akurat, lancar dan berterima dalam konteks kehidupan sehari-hari dan melibatkan tindak tutur: mengusulkan, memohon, mengeluh, membahas kemungkinan atau untuk melakukan sesuatu, dan memerintah.

Standard Competence for SMK
Berkomunikasi dengan Bahasa Inggris setara Level Elementary.

Basic Competence for SMK
2.6. Memahami instruksi-instruksi sederhana.

In daily occasions, we often come across situations in which it is necessary for us to ask for and make suggestions to a family member, relative, friend, and/or colleague. People need suggestions when they have no idea of what to do. In this post, we are going to learn how to ask for, give, and respond to suggestions in English. Study the following expressions.

Expressions used to ask for and give an advice / suggestion
Asking for an Advice/SuggestionGiving an Advice/Suggestion
  • Do you think I ought to .........?
  • Do you have any idea about how I can ...?
  • What do you think I should .........?
  • Should I try to .........?
  • If you were in my shoes, would you .........?
  • If you were in my situation, how would you .........?
  • Can you give me some advice about ...?
  • What / how do you suggest .........?
  • What do you recommend .........?
  • Do you have any recommendations about .........?
  • Can you recommend .........?
  • (I’d say that) You’d better .........
  • If I were you, I would .........
  • If I were in your shoes, I would .........
  • If I were in your situation, I would .........
  • It would probably a good idea to .........
  • Why don’t you .........?
  • How about .........?
  • Maybe you should .........
  • I advise you to .........
  • My advice is to .........
  • I suggest that we / you .........
  • Let me suggest that we / you .........
  • I recommend that you .........
  • My recommendation is that we / you ..........

Expressions used to respond to an advice / suggestion
AgreeingDisagreeing
  • I agree with you.
  • I think you're right.
  • I couldn't agree more.
  • I think so.
  • That's a good idea.
  • That's right.
  • Thanks. I'll take your advice.
  • That sounds great.
  • No, I don't think so.
  • I disagree with you.
  • That's not a good idea.
  • I understand your point, but I think ....

Exercise: Asking for, giving, and responding to suggestions
1



Woman (asking for a suggestion):
Man (giving a suggestion):

Woman (agreeing):
"......... to the party tonight?"
"You’d better wear the dress that you wore to the prom last month. It looks good on you."
".........."
2


Woman (complaining):
Man (giving a suggestion):
Woman (agreeing):
"I have a bad headache."
"........."
".........."
3


Woman (asking for a suggestion):
Man (giving a suggestion):
Woman (agreeing):
"I want to eat out this evening. .........?"
"........."
".........."

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Exercise: Causative Verbs

After studying causative verbs, now it's time to do these exercises.

A. Why did you do these things? Answer the questions by using "have something done".
  1. Why did you go to the hairdresser? (my hair - cut)
    Answer: To have my hair cut.
  2. Why did you take your car to the garage? (it - service)
    Answer: ....
  3. Why did you take your jacket to the cleaner's? (it - clean)
    Answer: ....
  4. Why did you call the plumber? (the leak - repair)
    Answer: ....
  5. Why did you go to the jeweller's? (my watch - repair)
    Answer: ....
B. Complete the sentences by using the words in brackets. Use the structure "have something done".
  1. We ... (the house / paint) ... at the moment.
    Answer: We are having the house painted at the moment.
  2. I've lost my key. I'll have to ... (another key / make) ....
    Answer: ....
  3. Your hair is long. When was the last time you ... (your hair / cut) ....
    Answer: ....
  4. You look different. Have you ... (your hair / cut) ...?
    Answer: ....
  5. Do you ... (a newspaper / deliver) ... to your house or do you go to the shop to buy one?
    Answer: ....
  6. A: What are those workmen doing in your garden?
    B: Oh, we ... (a swimming pool / build) ....
    Answer: ....
  7. A: Can I see the photographs you took when you were on holiday?
    B: I'm afraid I ... (not / the film / develop) ... yet.
    Answer: ....
  8. This coat is dirty. I must ... (it / clean) ....
    Answer: ....
  9. If you want to wear earrings, why don't you ... (your ears / pierce) ...?
    Answer: ....
  10. This pair of trousers is too long for you. I think you should ... (it / shorten) ....
    Answer: ....
C. Reword the following sentences, using have or get with a past participle.
  1. Someone washed my car for me yesterday.
    Answer: I had my car washed yesterday.
  2. I asked someone to paint the gate last week.
    Answer: ....
  3. Can I ask someone to deliver the pizza?
    Answer: ....
  4. We ordered someone to check the printer.
    Answer: ....
  5. We are running out of time. We must ask someone to send the invitation today.
    Answer: ....
  6. I'm going to tell someone to add an extra room.
    Answer: ....
  7. Ask someone to post the announcement soon.
    Answer: ....
  8. The knife wants sharpening.
    Answer: ....
  9. The letter is in Indonesian. I'm going to ask someone to translate it into English.
    Answer: ....
  10. The computer program doesn't work well. We should ask them to reinstall it.
    Answer: ....