- You should have informed me earlier.
- How could you have done that to him?
- They might have lost their way in the forest.
A. Practice the dialogue below.Betty is waiting for Jim to come home from work. It is raining outside and it is dark, and Betty is worried about Jim. Then she hears a car stopping.
|Betty||Ah! That must be Jim now. I'll open the door for him ....|
Hello, darling. Oh! Your clothes are so wet.
|Jim||Yes, darling. I forgot to take my umbrella today.|
|Betty||But it was raining a little this morning when you left for work.|
|Jim||I know, but I must have forgotten to take my umbrella.|
|Betty||What a pity! Never mind, go and put on some dry clothes.|
|Jim||I'll put on some dry clothes in a minute, Betty. At the moment I'm very worried.|
|Jim||Because I've lost my briefcase.|
|Betty||Oh, Jim. That's bad luck! Do you know where you lost it?|
|Jim||No, that's the trouble. I might have lost it anywhere.|
|Betty||But a briefcase is quite a large thing. How could you have lost it?|
|Jim||I don't know. I may have left it in the coffee lounge where I had a cup of coffee this morning.|
|Betty||Why don't you phone the coffee lounge?|
|Jim||I phoned them this afternoon, but it wasn't there. I suppose someone could have picked it up before I rang.|
|Betty||I suppose so. Did you look in other places in your office? You might have put it in a different place.|
|Jim||I don't think so, Betty. I thought I might have put it in a different place in the office, but we all looked for it and we couldn't find it.|
|Betty||And was there anything very important in your briefcase, Jim?|
|Jim||Yes, unfortunately. I had the plans of a new bridge in it.|
|Betty||Oh, Jim! If you had important plans in your briefcase, you should have been more careful!|
|Jim||Yes, you're quite right! ... Oh well, I suppose I'd better put some dry clothes on.|
|Betty||Now, Jim, you must hurry. You should have put dry clothes on as soon as you came home. Why didn't you take your umbrella? Now hurry and change your clothes.|
|Jim||All right, Betty. I won't be long ... Betty! I didn't lose my briefcase after all! Here it is! I must have forgotten to take it this morning.|
|Betty||Oh, I'm so glad. So you needn't have worried all day. You didn't lose anything. That's good.|
|Jim||But - er, - Betty! I - er - must have taken my umbrella after all, because it isn't there now.|
|Betty||Oh dear! You are silly sometimes, Jim. You must have lost your umbrella, not your briefcase.|
Answer the following questions
- What is the main topic of the above conversation?
- Betty said, "But it was raining a little this morning when you left for work."
What did Betty most probably mean? Choose the best answer.
- She suggested that Jim should bring his umbrella with him.
- Jim shouldn't have left for work because of the rain.
- It was very unlikely that Jim had left his umbrella at home.
- It was probable that Jim had left his umbrella in his office.
- Why was Jim very worried?
- What was in his briefcase?
- Jim said, "I may have left it in the coffee lounge ...."
What does Jim's sentence imply? Choose the best answer.
- He felt he should not leave his briefcase in the coffee lounge.
- He was sure that he may leave his briefcase in the coffee lounge.
- It was certain that he had not left his briefcase in the coffee lounge.
- He thought he had possibly left his briefcase in the coffee lounge.
- Did Jim really lose his briefcase? Where did he find it at last?
- What actually happened with his briefcase?
- What did he actually lose?
- What must have happened with the umbrella?
- Please copy all the italicized verbs and indicate whether they express certainty, probability, or advisability.