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  1. Member
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      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 188
    #1

    I知 sorry but the pictures are not ready yet.


    You are a professional photographer. Last month you took many pictures at a company party. You promised that the prints would be ready for the next company newsletter. The editor of the newsletter comes into your office to pick up the prints but they池e not ready now.


    a) I知 sorry but the pictures are not ready yet. Could you call me up before you come here? I知 sure I値l get them down by this afternoon.
    b)
    Oh, I知 very sorry but the prints are not ready now. I値l have them ready by this afternoon.
    c) I知 sorry. They池e not ready.

    I've receive different answers asking
    one native speaker and some proficient Iranian English teachers. Which option do you think is more natural in this situation? The Iranian teachers have chosen 'a'.

    Last edited by tulipflower; 27-Apr-2017 at 20:59.

  2. Senior Member
    Interested in Language
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      • English
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      • United States
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      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
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    #2

    Re: Which option is more natural in the following situation?

    Since you only want to know a or b, I'd go with b.

  3. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
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      • Native Language:
      • American English
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      • United States
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      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 14,737
    #3

    Re: Which option is more natural in the following situation?

    Asking the customer to call before coming, on the date the work was promised, gives option A a note of implied blame which is not appropriate.
    I am not a teacher.

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