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In this experiment, you are asked to read a few short paragraphs, each describing a situation. After each paragraph there is a last sentence preceded by an arrow (→). You must judge the naturalness of this last sentence by selecting a number on a 1-5 scale. A "natural" sentence is one that you can imagine using yourself or a sentence you can imagine being used by other native speakers. Please only judge the naturalness of the sentence following the arrow (and not the whole paragraph).

 


 

1



Alex and Maria go to the company meeting. Alex notices that there are a lot of people present. Alex says:

 

→ The whole company came.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

2



Alex and Maria are watching TV together and the television is reporting on a celebrity couple. The age difference between the man and the woman is very large and Maria notes:

 

→ The woman just married his money.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

3



Maria and Alex go on holiday together. They both sleep in single rooms. As they meet in the lobby, Alex says:

 

→ I am room 222. And you?

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

4



Maria and Alex are a couple and live together. This evening, Alex comes home exhausted and wants to take a bath. As the water runs into the bathtub, he goes into the kitchen and is preparing the dinner. Maria goes to the bathroom and sees how the bathtub is filled up with water. She yells:

 

→ Hey! The bathtub is running over.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

5



Susanne and Anna both live in a suburb. The two have agreed to go shopping in the city center on Saturday. But since Susanne does not have a car, Anna has agreed to pick Susanne up at her house. On Saturday, Anna arrives at Susanne's home and Susanne opens the door. Since Susanne can't see Anna's car outside the house, she thinks that Anna may have forgotten that they wanted to go by car. When asked where the car is, Anna answers:

 

→ The Opel is mine

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

6



Two bartenders working at a bar are chatting: One of the bartenders realizes that a guest who has ordered a beer not so long ago is constantly looking at his female colleague and he decides to tell her. He says:

 

→ That beer over there is constantly looking at you.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

7



Journalists from various newspapers were invited to attend the National Assembly press conference. One journalist per newspaper has been invited to participate. Normally, all journalists know each other at this event. From time to time, however, it may happen that there is a fresh face at the event. Paul and Tom are sent there every time. This time, Paul suddenly realizes a new face in the room, Paul asks Tom who that person is. Tom, who is always up to date about these tings, says:

 

→ That is "The New York Times"

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

8



Alex was at a party the day before, and he mentions that he drank too much and has now has an awful headache. Maria asks:

 

→ Do you want a pain killer?

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

9



Alex and Maria talk about what kind of car they drive. Alex says:

 

→ I drive a Ford

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

10



Alex has slept at John's house. The two get up and want to have breakfast. Dieter takes the bottle of milk out of the fridge and is just about to pour the milk into the corn flakes. Then John realizes that there is a funny smell and says:

 

→ Oh no, the bottle is sour.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

11



Alex is in his favorite restaurant with a group of friends. The restaurant is very busy today and it takes a long time for the food to arrive. Finally, the waiter brings the food and apologizes. By now he completely forgot what everyone ordered. The waiter looks dazed and confused. Alex decides to help him and says:

 

→ Me, the pasta

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

12



Alex and Maria love to read books. During the lunch break, they go out to eat together. During the meal, they come to speak about linguistics. Alex asks Maria:

 

→ Do you like to read the books written by Croft?

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

13



Alex invited Maria to her home and gives a tour of his house. Maria notices a picture on the wall and says: "The picture is beautiful!" Alex answers:

 

→ That painting is a Picasso

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

14



The lunch break at school started 5 minutes ago. The teacher notices that a student, who was obviously very hungry, has already emptied the whole lunch box and notes to her:

 

→ Wow, you have already eaten the whole lunch box.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

15



Pupils in a primary school play secret Santa for Christmas. In this game, you have to anonymously make a gift to a classmate. In order to decide who gives a gift to whom, names are written on pieces of paper. It's Tom's turn to draw a piece of paper. He looks at the note and secretly says to his friend:

 

→ I've got Peter

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

16



As Tom and Peter talk about what books they had to read at school, Peter asks Tom:

 

→ Did you have to read the books written by Shakespeare at school?

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

17



Alex and Maria walk home from work every day. Every time they walk home from work, they see a yellow Volvo parking on the road. Today Alex notes:

 

→ Do you see that house? That's where the yellow Volvo lives.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

18



A waiter has discovered that a customer who ate a sandwich has left the restaurant without paying the bill. The waiter says to another waiter:

 

→ The "sandwich" left without paying

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

19



Maria and Alex are both admirers of classical music and play piano in their spare time. Maria asks Alex:

 

→ Do you prefer to play Bach or Beethoven?

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.


 


 

20



Alex and Maria slander about the new employee at the office. Alex mentions that the new employee is very beautiful and comes to the office with makeup every day. Maria obviously doesn't like the new colleague and says to Alex:

 

→ The woman is not more than a pretty face.

 

 

 

If you think that the sentence following (→) sounds very unnatural, please correct it in a way that it sounds more natural.