Once I had to catch a bus. Seeing it coming, I ran and hpped on. Suddenly the ____1______ stopped me and said I had jimpt the queue! Well, I scratched my head, and it took me ___2_____ time to realize what the matter was.
1. a. driver b. conductor
The key is 'b'. But I think 'a' is also correct if it is a "pay-to-the-driver bus". Is that right?
This must be an old test! What buses have conductors anymore? In its day, yes, it would have been the conductor, but now, it could only be the driver...or someone else in the queue wanting to board!
2. a. some b. quite a
The key is 'b'. But how can I know it is 'quite a time' instead of 'some' time. The former takes longer time than the latter. Is that right?
Yes...perhaps the man really did physically scratch his head and... duh...he was so dense it did take him 'quite a time'.
The usual expressions are 'some time to...' and 'quite some time to...'
with 'quite a time' more used in the context of:
'What a party!. We had quite a time."
I think 'some time' is quite sufficient to get the idea of delayed realization across without resorting to 'quite a time'!
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