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    Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Which option do you prefer in the following situation?

    Situation 12)
    You have recently moved to a new city and are looking for an apartment to rent. You are looking at a place now. You like it a lot. The landlord explains that you seem like a good person for the apartment, but that there are a few more people who are interested. The landlord says that you will be called next week and told if you have the place. However, you need the landlord to tell you within the next three days.
    a) Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week. Is there any way you could let me know in the next 3 days?
    b) Oh, well, I really like this apartment, but I have to know a little sooner than that, if thatís possibleÖ
    c) Could it be possible to find out a little earlier?
    d) What about telling me earlier? I can't stand for a week.


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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    A is OK with a minor change. B is also OK (with a minor change).

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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Can you tell me what's wrong with D?

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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Can you tell me what's wrong with D?
    The word "stand".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    I need to explain to the students why each option is more natural. I think 'a' is ok as it mentions the exact deadline. I wonder if it is a good explanation or not?
    Is there any difference between (a) and (b) regarding the politeness?

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    I like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    For A, say:

    I like this apartment, but I can't wait until next week.

    B is okay.

    C i s okay.

    For D, say:

    I can't wait until next week.

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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    I need to explain to the students why each option is more natural. I think 'a' is ok as it mentions the exact deadline. I wonder if it is a good explanation or not?
    Is there any difference between (a) and (b) regarding the politeness?
    A and B are equally polite.

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    Re: I like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Tulipflower, did you write those sentences?

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    Re: Iíd like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    That's interesting as students mostly have chosen these two options but to the favour of 'a'.

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    Re: I like this apartment, but I canít wait until next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Tulipflower, did you write those sentences?
    I didn't write them. I've adopted them from a researcher whose article I'll cite in my own research project.

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