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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



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:

 

→ He 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.


 


 

2



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.


 


 

3



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.


 


 

4



Alex and Maria talk about politics. Recently, a new president was elected in the country. Alex says about the new president:

 

→ He is our only hope.

 

 

 

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


 


 

5



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.


 


 

6



Alex meets Maria at the village meeting. Alex realizes that this time a lot of people have appeared and says to Maria:

 

→ The whole village came.

 

 

 

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


 


 

7



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.


 


 

8



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.


 


 

9



Alex and Maria are both art lovers. Both wanted to see the new exhibition on the French painter Claude Monet, which is currently taking place at the Museum of Art. Today, Alex and Maria meet in front of the museum. They go through the museum and look at the paintings. They are both very delighted with the pictures on display. When the two leave the museum, Maria says:

 

→ The paintings of Monet are really beautiful

 

 

 

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


 


 

10



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.


 


 

11



Alex and Maria talk about how they get to work in the morning. Alex says:

 

→ I come with my Ford

 

 

 

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 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.


 


 

13



Tom and Alex talk about the football game of the day before. Unfortunately, Tom had no time and could not see the game. He asks Alex which team has won the game. Alex answers:

 

→ The German team has won against the Italian team.

 

 

 

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


 


 

14



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.


 


 

15



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 literature. Alex asks Maria:

 

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

 

 

 

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


 


 

16



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

 

→ Do you prefer to play Mozart or Chopin?

 

 

 

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


 


 

17



Normally, Susanne picks up her child in the nursery every night. Today, however, she has got other plans and asks her husband Paul to pick up the child. Paul agrees. When he arrives in the nursery in the evening and greets the responsible teacher, she looks puzzled. The educator at the nursery has never seen Paul before. Paul explains to her that his wife has no time today and when asked which child is his, he replies:

 

→ I am "the redhead"

 

 

 

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


 


 

18



Two waiters in a restaurant messed up the orders and none of them seems to remember who ordered what. Suddenly one of the waiters remembers and says:

 

→ Table number 7 is the hamburger

 

 

 

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


 


 

19



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:

 

→ I am the pasta.

 

 

 

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


 


 

20



Alex is invited to a press conference and he has to represent the New York Times there. The event was supposed to start a long time ago and Alex asks his colleague why it takes so long this time. He answers:

 

→ The Washington Post has not yet arrived.

 

 

 

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