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Stating preferences

I’d rather …

I prefer to…

I’d much rather… than …

Expressing doubt

I can’t say that…

I have my doubts about that.

It’s very doubtful whether…

You haven’t convinced me yet.

Well, I’m still not sure…

OK, but …

Agreeing/supporting other people’s opinions

I (fully) agree with you.

Yes, that’s right.

That’s what I feel too.

I think so, too.


Disagreeing/ contradicting other people’s opinions

I don’t agree.

I don’t think so.

That’s not the point/problem…

Oh, no.

Expressing certainty and uncertainty

I’m sure that …

There may be …


I’ m not at all sure if …

I don’t think that …

That could/might/may happen.

… is not possible.

Making comparisons

…is not as…as…

…are as …as …

… is a much more important than …

…are less important than …

You can’t compare … with …

You have to compare …with …

Expressing interest or indifference

I’m interested in …

I’d like to know more about …

I’m keen on …

… sounds interesting.

… doesn’t interest me.

I don’t care.

What a boring topic.

Expressing intentions

I’m going to …

I want to …

I intend to …


Unit 1 Section I C

Ex. 4

Chairperson: Hello, there. What do you study?

Student: Development Economics.

Chairperson: Oh, yes. And how long have you been studying?

Student: One year. It’s a postgraduate diploma.

Chairperson: What would you like to be? Have you decided yet?

Student: Yes. I’d like to be a United Nations Project Adviser.

Chairperson: Oh, would you? That sounds interesting. Tell me though why have you chosen this faculty?

Student: It’s got a good reputation in the field of Economics.

Chairperson: Where do you come from?

Student: Brazil.

Chairperson: Oh, that’s a country I’ve always wanted to go to. And what do you do in your free time?

Student: I go to the cinema a lot.

Chairperson: Ah, yes. You’re Mr. Pinto, aren’t you? I’ve got your name on my list here.

Unit II Section I B

Ex. 4 p.

Interviewer: What are the typical working hours in your country?

Jessica: The official hours are 8 to 5 or 9 to 6. But people always work longer than this.

Interviewer: What do people wear for work?

Jessica: Casual but smart.

Interviewer: How long do people have for meal breaks?

Jessica: One hour.

Interviewer: Do people ever work late?

Jessica: Yes, very often.

Interviewer: How many days vacation do people get a year?

Jessica: 30 days.

Interviewer: When do people retire?

Jessica: After 60 for women and 65 for men or after 30-35 years of work.

Interviewer: When do people get paid?

Jessica: Depends on the company. Some companies pay twice a month and others once.

Interviewer: Do people get any bonuses or perks?

Jessica: Yes, depending on the company and the status of the worker they receive a car, house, school for the children, lunch vouchers, transport passes, house ensurance.

Interviewer: Do people stay with the same company all their lives?

Jessica: No, this has changed a lot in Canada. In the past the good worker was one who stayed 20 or 30 years with the company. Now a good worker changes job every two or three years.

Interviewer: Do people ever use personal connections to get a suitable job for them or a member of their family?

Jessica: Yes, this is very common and the best way to get a good job.

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