What can I do for you today?
I need to mail this package to New York, please.
OK, let’s see how much it weighs … it’s about five pounds. If you send it express, it will get there tomorrow. Or you can send it priority and it will get there by Saturday.
Saturday is fine. How much will that be?
$11.35 [eleven thirty-five]. Do you need anything else?
Oh, yeah! I almost forgot. I need a book of stamps, too.
OK, your total comes to $20.35
[twenty dollars and thirty-five cents].
- What can I do for you today? Notice that this question starts with “What,” so the
intonation drops at the end of the question.
- Or you can send it priority … Notice the stress on “or,” which emphasizes that there is
- $11.35 … $20.35 Notice the two different ways the postal clerk says the price. First he
says eleven thirty-five (without the words dollars and cents), then he says twenty dollars
and thirty-five cents.
- Oh, yeah! is an expression used here to mean “I just remembered something.” It’s often
followed by “I almost forgot.”
- Your total comes to … is a way of saying “the cost is ….”
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