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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 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.


 


 

2



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:

 

→ Monet is really beautiful

 

 

 

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


 


 

3



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.


 


 

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 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.


 


 

6



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 an Aspirin?

 

 

 

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 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.


 


 

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



Maria and Alex go on vacation to Italy. When they finally arrive at the hotel Maria has to go to the bathroom very badly. Meanwhile, Alex is doing the check-in procedure. When Maria returns from the toilet, she asks Alex in which room the two will sleep. Alex answers:

 

→ We are room 222.

 

 

 

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


 


 

10



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.


 


 

11



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've got the redhead

 

 

 

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


 


 

12



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.


 


 

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:

 

→ 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.


 


 

14



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.


 


 

15



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.


 


 

16



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.


 


 

17



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.


 


 

18



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.


 


 

19



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.


 


 

20



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.