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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



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.


 


 

2



A waiter brings the orders to the table but can't remember who ordered the pizza and who ordered the spaghetti. He asks one of the guests:

 

→ The pizza or the spaghetti?

 

 

 

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


 


 

3



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 has the hamburger

 

 

 

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


 


 

4



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.


 


 

5



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.


 


 

6



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.


 


 

7



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.


 


 

8



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.


 


 

9



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:

 

→ The books written by Dostoevsky 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.


 


 

10



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.


 


 

11



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.


 


 

12



When Tom and Peter talk about the books they had to read in the Seminar on Linguistics at the University, Peter asks Tom:

 

→ Did you have 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



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.


 


 

14



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 Plato?

 

 

 

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 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.


 


 

16



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.


 


 

17



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 Croft?

 

 

 

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


 


 

18



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:

 

→ The painting is Picasso

 

 

 

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 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.


 


 

20



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.