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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 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.

 


 

2



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.

 


 

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 gets the hamburger

 

 

 

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 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:

 

→ The books written by Croft 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.

 


 

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've got Peter

 

 

 

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 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.

 


 

8



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.

 


 

9



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.

 


 

10



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.

 


 

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 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.

 


 

13



Susanne and Anna both live in a suburb. The two have agreed to go shopping in the city center on Saturday. But since Susanne does not have a car, Anna has agreed to pick Susanne up at her house. On Saturday, Anna arrives at Susanne's home and Susanne opens the door. Since Susanne can't see Anna's car outside the house, she thinks that Anna may have forgotten that they wanted to go by car. When asked where the car is, Anna answers:

 

→ The Opel is mine

 

 

 

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

 


 

14



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.

 


 

15



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.

 


 

16



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.

 


 

17



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.

 


 

18



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.

 


 

19



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.

 


 

20



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.