Smith: Late again, Tom.
Tom: I'm sorry, I'm late, Mr» Smith, but...
Smith: Don't tell me your train was late.
Tom: No, it wasn't but...
Smith: Well, what's your excuse this time then, Tom? .
Tom: The 8.20 train was cancelled so I h?d to wait for the
Smith: Cancelled, was it?
Tom: Yes, just my luck
Smith: Well, that's rather strange. Your
colleague got here all
right. He doesn't seem to have arty problem with the
b) took again at the conversation to answer the following questions:
1. Do you think there are other people nearby? 2. What's the problem? Do you think Mr. Smith believes Tom's excuse? 3. Do you think Tom is often late? 4. What do you think of the other excuses Tom could have made? 5. What different excuses could Tom have given if he'd traveled by car? 6. Is Mr. Smith impatient? 7. Is Tom apologetic? 8. What are the main ways of apologizing in English? 9. In what way are they similar with those in your own сипите? 10. What do you think different forms of apologies and re flect?
III. Choose the best answer
1. After wrecking your brother's car you say to him:
a) Sorry. Jack, b) I hope you don't mind, Jack. I've run the car into a wall, c) I'm terribly sorry, Jack. I'm afraid I've damaged your
2. When you want to get to the front of the bus, past some stand
ing passengers, you say:
a) Sorry, b) I beg your pardon, c) Excuse me.
3. When you tread on someone's toe, you say:
a) I must apologize for treading on your toe. b) I'm so sorry, c) I
beg your pardon.
4. If a senior colleague apologizes for keeping you waiting, you
a) That's O'K. b) That's quite all right, c) Don't mention it.
5. If you have not
heard what someone said, you say:
a) Sorry, b) Excuse me. c) Repeat it, please.
6. If you have to interrupt
someone in his work because'you
need his help or advice, you begin by saying:
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