Asking Questions

Exercise 1: Ask an appropriate question for the response

It was really rather wet and windy with temperatures well
below normal.

Since eight o'clock this morning.

I was cleaning up.

I'd buy a new house.

She can't be at home, I tried to call her a few minutes

Why don't you go shopping?

For about 2 years.
Exercise 2: Ask questions to fill the gaps with the missing

Student A
The last few weeks have been very difficult for my friend ______. He
discovered that he hadn't insured his car after his car was stolen
__________. He immediately went to hisinsurance agent, but she told
him that he had only bought ____________, and not against theft. He
became really angry and ________________, but, of course, he didn't
do that in the end. So, he hasn't been driving for the past two
weeks, but ___________ to get to work. He works at a company about
15 miles from his home in __________. It used to take him only twenty
minutes to get to work. Now, he has to get up at ___________ in order
to catch the seven o'clock bus. If he had more money, he would
___________. Unfortunately, he had just spent most of his savings on
an _____________ before his car was stolen. He had a wonderful time
in Hawaii, but he now says that if he hadn't gone to Hawaii, he
wouldn't be having all these problems now. Poor guy.

Student B
The last few weeks have been very difficult for my friend Jason.
He discovered that _______________ after his car was stolen
three weeks ago. He immediately went to his ___________, but
she told him that he had only bought a policy against
accidents, and not ________. He became really angry and

but he now says that if _______________. said the falling oil price was “like a big tax cut for consumers”.” Intense competition both on the high street and online has pushed down prices alongside a near 50% fall in the oil price. but has been taking the bus to get to work. Rob Wood. furniture and homewares to encourage a pre-Christmas buying rush. Now. this year most of the boost provided by the biggest ever Black Friday has been felt in November. and UK consumers tend to spend extra income. Poor guy. It is unlikely that falling oil prices will induce a deflationary mindset among consumers. Those downside risks from falling oil prices are overplayed. The extent to which sales have been promotionally driven is highlighted by the steepest decline in store prices for 12 years. Sales increased 1. The spending splurge on 28 November was hailed as a huge success by retailers that discounted TVs. .4% jump last month on the previous November. He works at a company about __________ from his home in Davonford. “However. according to official figures that show a 6. but. he has to get up at six o'clock __________________________. chief UK economist at Berenberg bank. especially in the UK. of course. But there was a warning that the figures could overstate the strength of consumer demand as Black Friday fell in December last year. Black Friday sparks biggest retail sales boost in a decade Nationwide spending splurge on 28 November hailed as huge success by shops Black Friday spurred retail sales to the strongest year-on-year rise in 10 years. It used to take him ____________ to get to work. he had just __________________ on an exotic vacation to Hawaii before his car was stolen. he hasn't been ___________ for the past two weeks. and though it had less impact in 2013. “They also evidently like price deals in the shops. Ian Geddes. He had a wonderful time in Hawaii. he didn't do that in the end. and this is reflected in month-on-month volume growth and strong year-on-year increase online. UK head of retail at accountants Deloitte.threatened to sue the company. he would buy a new car. If he had more money. higher than analysts expected and adding to expectations that households are relaxing their budgets as wages rise more than inflation and the threat of an interest rate rise recedes. Unfortunately. the spending may have merely brought forward sales due in November. he wouldn't be having all these problems now. meaning they decide to delay buying a television because filling up the car got cheaper. which has cut the cost of petrol on the UK’s garage forecourts.6% from October. So. said the numbers were “very strong”.

. Maeve Johnston. John Lewis was caught lowering the price of its 55JL9000 LED HD Smart TV from the original ticket of £1. Consumer group Which? tracked the prices of more than 100 electrical products sold by Amazon. Argos. while 41% said they waited for offers before buying items. finding a number of savings that either did not exist or were much lower than claimed. almost a third of shoppers said they had bought a product only because it was on special offer. It also found Currys offering a Sony Bravia television for £579 with a claimed saving of £170 from the original price of £749. £1.99 with the claim that it was a saving of £272 off the recommended retail price (RRP) of £1. UK economist at Capital Economics. Which? said many of the strategies fell within government guidance on special offers because retailers used signs to explain them. “This could boost quarterly GDP growth by 0. But consumer surveys suggest that many shoppers would still be left thinking they had made a bigger saving than was actually the case. When questioned by the watchdog. Richard Lloyd. they would be still 1. But Currys only sold the television at the higher price for three weeks despite running the advertised “offer” for seven months. Shoppers could be better off seeking out the cheapest price and ignoring the offers altogether.599. said: “With many shoppers on the lookout for bargains this Christmas.“In our view.239. Over the course of the six-month study.99 more.3 percentage points in Q4. although some of this boost may be offset by higher imports. a study has found. Currys and John Lewis. At one point the retailer claimed that customers were saving £400 when they were actually saving just £100 compared with the previous week. Canon’s typical price of £959 for the camera meant customers were actually paying £8. Which? executive director. “The underlying picture remains very strong. study finds Watchdog Which? calls for government action after finding savings at some of UK’s biggest retailers that either did not exist or were much lower than claimed Shoppers are being misled by the discounts offered at some of the UK’s biggest electrical retailers. However. was equally optimistic. we’ve found dodgy discounts that might lure people into buying something they could have found cheaper elsewhere. now is the time to be optimistic about the UK. A tax cut funded by Russia and Middle East and falling mortgage rates should combine in a powerful cocktail that boosts UK growth next year.299.399 and then £1.” she said.99.699 to £1. “Even if retail sales volumes shrink by 1% in December to offset spending brought forward into November. Which? found Amazon selling a Canon EOS 70D camera with a lens for £967.6% higher in the fourth quarter than in Q3. for example.” Electrical retailers offering misleading discounts. the consumer group advised.

our processes do rely on manual input and it appears for one of the examples highlighted there has been an individual human error.” A Currys spokesman said: “We are the only retailer to always show customers when and for how long our ‘was’ prices applied both online and in-store. “We strictly observe government guidelines on pricing by giving customers clear information. including RRPs. “We aim to provide the very latest information.” A John Lewis spokeswoman added that it was not the store’s intention to mislead customers. “We process a high number of promotions every week and have very robust checking procedures in place.” Amazon also told Which?: “We work with product manufacturers to provide our customers with a wide range of information about any given product. clearer and tougher rules on special offers.“It’s time for the government to force retailers to play fair by setting out new.” . However.