Find phrases from the dialogue which have the same meaning as these.
matching sets of garments coordinates
a) high priced goods .................................... c) to draw attention to something .........................
b) not shown clearly enough ........................ d) advertise at a place where items are sold ..............
Giorgio Caspani returns to Dawn Batchelder's office immediately, and reports what he has discovered. After talking to him, Mrs Batchelder confronts Polly Harbison.
HarbisonDawn, come in! I wasn't expecting you.
BatchelderI've just had Giorgio Caspani in my office.
Harbison Did you show him the sales figures?
Batchelder I did!
HarbisonI'm afraid they are not encouraging. But I have to say they don't surprise me.
Batchelder He says our figures are meaningless, and the market test is a farce.
Harbison That doesn't surprise me, either. If your merchandise is out-of-date and overpriced, you have to defend it somehow.
BatchelderHe says that the merchandise isn't properly displayed, that it isn't flagged at all, that there is no point-of-sale promotion of any kind, and that the sales staff haven't even heard of Caspani shirt coordinates.
Harbison How does he know that?
Batchelder He went and checked. Is it true?
HarbisonWell, I haven't checked personally, but ...
Batchelder Did you brief Walter* about this test?
Harbison Dawn, this whole thing has been very rushed. We've had a lot of problems. The stock wasn't delivered till the day before the test began.
BatchelderI know that. But listen to me. If you can't, or won't run this market test properly, I will take the job out of your hands...
Harbison Really Dawn, I can handle it...
BatchelderLet me finish, please! I will also appoint a new buyer with sole responsibility for all Caspani products. The budget for this will come out of your budget.
HarbisonReally, Dawn, that won't be necessary. There has been a misunderstanding somewhere along the line that's all.
Batchelder Well, I suggest you sort it out...
* Walter Bright, Manager of the Menswear Department.
1. What do the words in bold refer to?
Batchelder: "He went and checked. Is ittrue?" The information Mrs Bathhelder has just given
a) Harbison: "Dawn, this whole thing has been very rushed."
b)Harbison: "Really, Dawn, I can handle it." ..
c) Batchelder: "The budget for this will come out of your budget."
d) Harbison:"Somewhere along the line."
e) Batchelder: "Well, I suggest you sortit out."
Notice these two-part verbs:
to sort out = to solve (to organise) to break open = to open by
to call off = to cancel to point out = to indicate to fill in (a form) = to complete
The word order after a two-part verb can vary:
correct to sort out a problem
correct to sort a problem out
But a pronoun must be directly after the verb:
correct to sort it out
wrong to sort out it
Now form questions, as in the example, for each of these statements.
Some people broke open the boxes in transit Why did they break them open?
a) Polly Harbison was going to call off the market test
b) Giancarlo Caspani pointed out that the consignment was supplied FOB, Milan
c) Giorgio Caspani had to fill in the application form
d) Polly Harbison is going to sort out the misunderstanding over the market test.