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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 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.


 


 

2



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.


 


 

3



Alex and Maria blaspheme about the new employee in the office. Alex notices 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 beautiful body.

 

 

 

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 comes home after a long day at work and realizes that the floor in the kitchen is very wet. He says to his wife:

 

→ Oh no, the milk has toppled over

 

 

 

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


 


 

6



Alex is an admirer of jazz music. Today, he is back at his favorite jazz bar. However, no music is playing today.Alex calls the waiter and asks why there is no band playing today. The waiter answers:

 

→ There was an emergency and the saxophone had to leave earlier

 

 

 

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 talk about the situation in the company. The company has been showing bad results lately, so the CEO was dismissed and replaced by a new person. Maria notes to Alex:

 

→ The new boss is good news.

 

 

 

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


 


 

8



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 Dostoevsky?

 

 

 

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


 


 

9



A waiter sees how a customer has waved his hand back and forth for a while. The waiter says to another waiter:

 

→ I think table number 5 wants to pay.

 

 

 

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


 


 

10



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

 

→ And? Which room are you?

 

 

 

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 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.


 


 

12



Alex and Maria are both passionate readers. During lunch, they sit together at a table and talk about literature. Alex mentions that he is a big fan of Plato's works. Mary reacts and says:

 

→ The books written by Plato are difficult to read

 

 

 

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


 


 

13



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.


 


 

14



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.


 


 

15



Susanne wants to surprise her husband, who loves sports cars. So she goes to a store and rents a Lamborghini. Her husband unexpectedly waits for Susanne at home. When Susanne arrives home and enters the front door, she goes to her husband, shows him the keys to the Lamborghini and says:

 

→ This is parked outside

 

 

 

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


 


 

16



Alex sees a tourist in Berlin with an open city map standing in the middle of the street. He goes and asks if help is needed. The tourist says that he can not find his current location. Alex points his finger at the map and says:

 

→ You are here.

 

 

 

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


 


 

17



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.


 


 

18



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 Plato?

 

 

 

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


 


 

19



Alex and Maria chat together. Maria has heard that Alex broke up with his ex-girlfriend. Of course Maria wants to know how that could happen. Alex answers.

 

→ I had to constantly pay for that woman. She was my ruin.

 

 

 

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 are sitting together in the company canteen and chatting. Alex has noticed that lately, there are many new people in the company and says:

 

→ There are many new faces at the company.

 

 

 

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