You are expecting an urgent telephone call

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You are expecting an urgent telephone call from home, but the phone does not ring. Speculate about why you don't get the call

a) What's the mattter with this phone? It has to ring.

b) I suppose they have forgetten I am waiting here for a call.

c) How I wish that phone would ring.

d) I can't wait any longer. Something bad must have happened. I'll call the police.

e) There might be something wrong with the phone. I'd better go to the post office and check.

It's wanted from us to find proper expression for the situation.

I cannot determine. All a, b, c, d, e seems possible for me. Would you please explain?

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They don't all contain speculation about why you're not getting the call. For example "How I wish that phone would ring" gives no possible reason. Do you understand "speculation"?
 

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They don't all contain speculation about why you're not getting the call. For example "How I wish that phone would ring" gives no possible reason. Do you understand "speculation"?

Not much but only d and e gives reason. So which one could be?

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b) and d) would work, but good luck with going to the Post Office to find out why your phone doesn't ring.

Only one of the five option is correct. And there is no key for that question.

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Only one of the five options is correct, and there is no key for that question.
That information should have been in post #1, along with the source of that question.
 

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That information should have been in post #1, along with the source of that question.

Sorry for forgeting the source, I thought it was clear for one option. Source: Kpds İngilizce.

Would you please reevaluate the question?

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There is no one single best answer. They all work. None of them are mutually exclusive, although they'd be used in different contexts.

In the US, the post office example doesn't make logical sense, but I know that in some countries phones are tied in with postal services.
 

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There is no one single best answer. They all work. None of them are mutually exclusive, although they'd be used in different contexts.

In the US, the post office example doesn't make logical sense, but I know that in some countries phones are tied in with postal services.

But in #2, Raymott claims that they don't all contain speculation about why somebody is not getting the call.

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Only b), d), and, e) contain speculation.
 

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Only b), d), and, e) contain speculation.

If only one option is inteded to be correct, then is the question badly prepared?

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If only one option is inteded to be correct, then is the question badly prepared?

Yes. The correct answer is b, d and e.
 

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Yes. The correct answer is "b, d and e".
This sentence is correct. You could add quotation marks to make it clear that the phrase is the singular object, but they aren't really necessary here.

Correct answer or corrrect answers?
You could write The correct answers are b, d, and e. The definite article doesn't really work there, though, unless context has established that more than one of the answers are correct.
 

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Correct answer or corrrect answers?

I used the singular form as I was thinking of b, d, and e as one answer, i.e., the answer to the question.
 
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