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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 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:

 

→ Plato 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.

 


 

2



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.

 


 

3



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.

 


 

4



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.

 


 

5



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.

 


 

6



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 Croft's works. Mary reacts and says:

 

→ Croft 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.

 


 

7



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.

 


 

8



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.

 


 

9



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.

 


 

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



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 gets the hamburger

 

 

 

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

 


 

12



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.

 


 

13



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.

 


 

14



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.

 


 

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 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



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.

 


 

18



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.

 


 

19



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.

 


 

20



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.