Q: What is the best choice for the blank?
A: Guess what? I'm going to New York tomorrow for one month.
B: Really? _____________
1. What's up?
2. You're kidding.
3. How have you been?
4. You have to study hard.
5. What are you going to do tomorrow?
I think 1 or 2 seems appropriate. But I can't tell the difference. Please help!
Thank you so much, but as the questioner I still can't understand what the reply means.
Number 2 does make sense to me. I'm not sure about "what's up". It sounds a bit strange, but perhaps some speakers might use it to ask about the reason for A's going to New York for one month. If not, "you're kidding" is the right answer by elimination in my opinion. None of the others makes any sense. Since bhaisahab said "you're kidding" is inappropriate, and two other native speakers agreed, I can't be sure, but it sounds perfectly natural to me.
Last edited by birdeen's call; 14-May-2012 at 18:51.
#1 has to be the answer that is being looked for, but I don't like it. #5 would be a silly reponse, and, though #1, #3 and #4 are just about possible, you'd have to construct a moderately elaborate context for those to be natural. Both 'Really?' and 'You're kidding!' are fine, one their own. They don't sound natural together, in my opinion.
Along with everyone else, I don't think any of the answers makes complete sense, but of the 5 I would have to go with "What's up?" on the assumption that it has been used to mean "Why [are you going to New York]?"
I agree that putting "Really?" and "You're kidding" makes for unnatural overkill. One or the other, yes, but not both.