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    boring or unfriendly

    For years, I belonged to a health club and never got near the exercise machines. I went straight to the pool and swam laps, as I'd been doing since I was a teenager. I didn't understand the machines. They looked ____ to me.

    A. boring B. unfriendly

    The answer is A.

    What about "unfriendly"? Does it make sense, too?

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    Re: boring or unfriendly

    Yes- it's not a very good question IMO.

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    Re: boring or unfriendly

    How on earth can exercise machines look unfriendly?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: boring or unfriendly

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How on earth can exercise machines look unfriendly?
    I think they can look unfriendly, but I think that in the context of a test for people learning English "boring" is the logical answer.

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    Re: boring or unfriendly

    I agree that the expected answer was boring, but as a native speaker, I could see using "unfriendly" for a machine that looked confusing, complicated, and not "user-friendly." A pool invites you to jump in. A machine with bars and handles and pulleys and wires might seem to say "You're not clever enough to use me."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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