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    #1

    tough luck

    What does "tough luck" mean in this conversation?

    M: Every math class is full this year.
    W: Tough luck.

    What does the woman mean?
    (a) She wishes him the best of luck.
    (b) She can't believe it.
    (c) She's not surprised.
    (d) She expresses sympathy.

    Help me~.


    Another question!

    W: I’ve packed enough food in the knapsack.
    M: I’d say! Looks like you’ll be away for a while.
    Q: What does the man imply?

    (A) The woman must be going a long time.
    (B) The woman has packed too much food.
    (C) The knapsack is too full.
    (D) The knapsack is too heavy.



    Sorry, one more question!

    M: I'll type the main points of our requirements in the e-mail.
    W: Good idea. I think all of us can then stay on top of what each of us is doing.
    Q: What does the woman mean?


    (A) Email will improve communication.
    (B) Email will give more information.
    (C) Email can save time for their communication.
    (D) Email will be faster.


    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by siruss; 02-Jun-2007 at 11:29.


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    #2

    Re: tough luck

    Which would you choose, and why?


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    #3

    Re: tough luck

    no.1 I don't know what 'tough luck' is. So I can't even guess the answer.
    no.2 I would choose (b) because after she finished packing food in her knapsack, the man looked at her knapsack saying like that. If we go on a long trip, we usually pack a lot of food, right?

    no 3. I don't get the meaning of staying on top of what each of us is doing.
    I can't even guess, either.


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    #4

    Re: tough luck

    M: Every math class is full this year.
    W: Tough luck.

    What does the woman mean?

    (d) She expresses sympathy.

    She is saying it is unfortunate that the math class is full and he can't join one.

    W: Iíve packed enough food in the knapsack.
    M: Iíd say! Looks like youíll be away for a while.
    Q: What does the man imply?

    (A) The woman must be going a long time.
    (B) The woman has packed too much food.
    (C) The knapsack is too full.
    (D) The knapsack is too heavy.

    no.2 I would choose (b) because after she finished packing food in her knapsack, the man looked at her knapsack saying like that. If we go on a long trip, we usually pack a lot of food, right? Yes, but if you read the dialogue there is a phrase in it "away for a while", which implies a long time. Therefore the answer will be #a.

    "Too much" means that there is more than she needs.


    M: I'll type the main points of our requirements in the e-mail.
    W: Good idea. I think all of us can then stay on top of what each of us is doing.

    (A) Email will improve communication.
    (B) Email will give more information.
    (C) Email can save time for their communication.
    (D) Email will be faster.

    no 3. I don't get the meaning of staying on top of what each of us is doing.

    "staying on top of something" means that you are able to do something without difficulty. In this sentence W is saying that each of them will be able to understand what the other is doing.

    To be honest, none of the answers quite expresses this; the nearest is #A


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    #5

    Re: tough luck

    Thank you for your clear explanation.
    I'm taking a TOEFL test tomorrow.
    Your explanation helped a lot.
    Thank you again.


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    #6

    Re: tough luck

    Hope it goes well

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