Unidad

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Demasiado bueno para ser cierto
El Sr. Smith y el Sr. Petersen estaban en una seria Eso es exactamente lo que quiero
conversación en la ocina del gerente. Pidieron a la decir, excepto que ellos también
secretaria que nadie los molestara. pagaban a Roberts. Él ha estado
Yo quiero hablarle acerca de este cobrando sueldos de ambos lados,
señor Roberts. ¿Hace cuánto tiempo pero ha usado nuestras instalaciones,
que trabaja con nosotros? nuestros teléfonos, nuestra
información, incluso nuestros
Él trabaja con nosotros desde hace empleados, para servir a esta otra
unos ocho años. rma. En otras palabras, Roberts es lo
que podríamos llamar un espía
¿Y cuánto tiempo hace que está en el corporativo.
departamento de mercadeo?
¡Pero no lo puedo creer! ¿Qué es lo
Sólo desde el año pasado. Él era que lo hace sospechoso? ¿Cómo lo
asistente de Jim Soames antes de eso. averiguó?
Es un empleado muy el y capaz.
Ojalá tuviéramos más como él. Muy sencillo. Ya hace varios meses
que vengo notando que las cosas no
Pues, si esa es su opinión, tengo algo andan tan bien como deberían. De
sorprendente que informarle. Roberts una u otra manera hemos sido
está trabajando en sociedad con uno golpeados constantemente por Hogg
de nuestros principales rivales en el & Co. En casi todos nuestros nuevos
mercado de cosméticos. Desde hace productos. Incluso parecían crear
casi ocho años estamos perdiendo nuestra propia campaña de publicidad
terreno en el mercado debido a los antes de que pudiéramos lanzarla. Era
buenos servicios de Roberts... ¡a la evidente. La información se estaba
otra rma! escapando y había alguien importante
detrás de la fuga. Comencé a observar
¿Quiere usted decir que mientras
cuidadosamente a Roberts. Era
nosotros pagábamos a Roberts, esta
demasiado perfecto, demasiado
otra gente se beneciaba a nuestra
puntual, demasiado dispuesto a
costa?
trabajar hasta tarde. Este año, !incluso
se le olvidó tomar vacaciones¡

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In other words. Unit 28 Too good to be true Mr. he even forgot to take his been paying Roberts. we were being wish we had more like him. our Roberts. Roberts think out our publicity lines before we is working in connection with one of even managed to launch our our top rivals in the cosmetics market. But I can't believe it! What makes you And how long has he been in the suspect him? How did you nd out? marketing department? Very simple. has been collecting salaries from both I want to talk to you about this man. with almost every one of Well. Somehow. They even seemed to some surprising news for you. our information.. How long has he been telephones. too punctual. Petersen were in a deep That's exactly what I mean except that conversation in the manager's ofce. For almost eight years now. They asked they have been paying Roberts too. he was too perfect. It was obvious. sides but has used our premises. I've got our products. I began to watch Roberts other company! carefully. too willing to work late. He the secretary not to let anyone disturb them. He's a working out as well as they should very capable and faithful employee. Smith and Mr. You mean to say that while we've This year.. and even working for us? our employees to serve this other operation. if that's how you feel. we've Information was leaking out and been losing ground in this market due there was someone important behind to Robert's good services.. I have been.. Only since last year. He was Jim I've been noticing that things weren't Soame's assistant before that. For several months now. continually beaten to the market by Hogg & Co.. Roberts is He's been working for us for about what we might call a corporate spy. campaigns. to the the lead. these other vacation! people have been proting at our expense? New Vocabulary Nouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs -Campaigns -Collect -Capable -Continually -Cosmetics -Leak -Faithful -Exactly -Markets -Lose -Premises -Pay -Salaries -Seem Expressions -At our expense -Too perfect 48 . eight years now.

see Finding Out About Grammar Book. page 177. it is possible to use specic time words or phrases with the Past Perfect. he had been in London for over eight years. Unit 12. something important! Past Perfect The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. 49 .Unit 28 Too good to be true ! Now. Ref For better reference. We use the Past Perfect to show that something started in the past and continued up until another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specic time in the past. Although this is possible. By the time Alex nished his studies. Unlike with the Present Perfect. She had visited her Japanese relatives once in 1993 before she moved in with them in 1996. I did not have any money because I had lost my wallet. it is usually not necessary.