Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 19 – Transportation

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JOYCE:

Should we take a taxi or a bus to the mall?

 

BILL:

Let’s take a bus. It’s impossible to get a taxi during
rush hour.

 

JOYCE:

Isn’t that a bus stop over there?

 

BILL:

Yes ... Oh! There’s a bus now. We’ll have to run to catch it.

 

JOYCE:

Oh, no! We just missed it.

 

BILL:

No problem. There’ll be another one in 10 minutes.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • Should we … or …? Is a way of asking “Which is better?” “Should” is used to ask
    for an opinion. Note that we do not say “Will” here.
  •  Take a taxi or a bus? The word “or” signals a choice here. Notice the rising
    intonation on taxi (the first choice) and falling intonation on bus (the second choice).
  • Let’s (Let us) means “I think we should do this.”
  •  Rush hour is the time of day when most people are going to or from work. In most
    American cities, rush hour is from about 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from about 4:30 to
    6:30 p.m. Notice that “rush hour” is a compound noun, with the main stress on the
    first word.
  • Isn’t that This is a negative question. The speaker expects an affirmative answer. It
    is used to check information.
  • Bus stop is a compound noun, with the main stress on the first word.
  • Oh! is an exclamation used to express alarm or surprise.
  • Oh, no! is an expression used to express disappointment.
  • We just missed it here means “We arrived a moment too late to get the bus.” Notice the emphasis on “just” to show the very recent past.
  • No problem here means “It doesn’t matter.”

Souce: Embassy of the United States of America


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