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    #1

    Why or Well

    I am making a dialogue for students to practice simple English constructions.
    I would like to use an interjection in it - either Why or Well (as far as I know they both express mild surprise). Which one is better in the following microdialogue?
    S1: Emily is ill.
    S2: Ill? Why (or Well), Emily’s fine. Daisy is ill.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 13-Aug-2014 at 20:51.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Why or Well

    As noted recently, 'Why' as an interjection of mild surprise is little used these days. 'Well' doesn't work either.

    Use 'No'.

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