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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



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.

 


 

2



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.

 


 

3



Tom and Peter are students at a high school. Right now they are in a mathematics lessons and are solving math problems. It is very quiet in their room. However, they constantly hear laughing noises from the room A3 next door and it is very hard to concentrate under these conditions. Tom says to his seat-mate Peter:

 

→ Room A3 is always very happy.

 

 

 

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

 


 

4



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've got the pasta

 

 

 

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

 


 

5



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 am Peter

 

 

 

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

 


 

6



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.

 


 

7



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.

 


 

8



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.

 


 

9



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.

 


 

10



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.

 


 

11



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.

 


 

12



Alex and Maria meet in the office and they talk about politics. Alex, who read the paper this morning, says to Maria:

 

→ Did you hear the news? Washington has increased the tariffs on all Chinese products.

 

 

 

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

 


 

13



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.

 


 

14



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.

 


 

15



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 Dostoevsky's works. Mary reacts and says:

 

→ Dostoevsky is difficult to read.

 

 

 

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

 


 

16



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.

 


 

17



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.

 


 

18



All parents from a primary school are invited to the performance of a play performed by the students of the local school. In the play, the students have different roles and costumes. After the play, all the students return to the stage in their costumes and the audience gives a standing ovation. One of the fathers points at the stage and says proudly to another father:

 

→ I am "the cowboy"

 

 

 

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

 


 

19



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 car is parked outside

 

 

 

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 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.