Situational Expression Advanced Level Test - Quiz (Online Exercise With Answers) 1
1. Your cousin is upset since he's
getting no job satisfaction. He thinks
his salary is also rather low, so he's
going to resign immediately. You feel
he's behaving foolishly. You advise
him caution and say:
You'd better be cautious and resign right away
This idea doesn't sound very sensible to me. But if you want it, do it.
I wish I could help you finding a job, but I can't.
I suggest you hang on to this job while you look around for something better, or you may be landed with something worse.
Why don't we set up our own company?
2. Last weekend you went to a recital
given by a very famous pianist with
high expectations, but you were very
disappointed after seeing his
performance. Today at school when
asked if you'd enjoyed it, you answer:
It certainly didn't come up to my expectations.
It was marvellous. I'm going once more this weekend.
It was awful as you didn't come with me.
The pianist was in every respect, superb.
I didn't like it at all since it was too crowded
3. You're now working in a scientist’s
team and doing fieldwork in the
mountains. Nevertheless, your work
has often been hindered by the
inconvenient weather conditions.
You're now apprehensive that it may
not be finished on time. Since this
cannot be permitted, you say to your
In my opinion, it doesn't seem to be rational to carry on with our work.
I'm afraid we're behind the schedule owing to the adverse weather conditions: therefore we must make a much greater effort.
In spite of the bad weather, the work goes ahead as planned beforehand.
The unfavourable weather conditions have affected our work very little.
Despite the rainy weather, we've done too much so far.
4. On your way home, somebody asks
you where a certain post office is. You
only know vaguely where it is. On the
other hand, you want to be as helpful
as possible. So you say:
Go ahead the street. Then turn left and you'll see it on the right.
You'd better not ask everybody such difficult questions
I'm sorry but I can't help you since I'm really very busy at the moment.
It's very near here. You can see it when you take the first turning on the right.
I'm not sure but I don't think it's anywhere near here. In fact it may be in the downtown.
5. You want to go to the cinema with one
of your friends. But he has a project
to finish and so doesn't have time for
the cinema. You insist and persuade
him in the end. When you watch the
film, you realize that the story is
meaningless and the acting is bad.
You feel you should apologize and
I know the film is not good but still it’s better to be here than be at home, isn't it?
I seldom go to the cinema so don’t put the blame on me.
I think the story is perfectly good; whereas the actors are rather amateur.
I'm really sorry but believe me, if I .H had known the film was such a nonsense, L wouldn't have dragged you here.
I can't understand why you've liked this film so much
6. You've been waiting for long in a
queue in front of the bank on a rainy
day. A large woman pushes you and
walks before you in the queue. You
really get very furious and you
approach the woman and say to her in
the loudest and angriest voice that
you can manage:
Where on earth did you learn such kind of behaviour?
Is this the right queue for the bills?
Excuse me, but would you mind giving your turn to me?
That really wasn't a very nice thing you did back there, you know.
It's really nice to see you again after all these years!
7. Your boss has invited you to his
house for a barbecue party which you
expect to be extremely boring. You
decide to talk to your boss about this.
You approach him and say very
Can I bring my wife too? You know she's fond of barbecue.
Will you be coming with me or shall I endure all the torture by myself?
I want to apologize to you since on that marvellous day I'll be out of town.
It was great last time you invited us, why don't we call the people from other offices?
I know how important this special organization is for you. But it'll be extremely boring for me.
8. You lost your mobile phone in the
university dormitory very recently.
You don't care for the phone itself but
what's important for you is the list of
telephone numbers that you'll be
needing. Therefore, you hang a paper
on the notice wall, saying:
I've lost my mobile phone. Please inform me about it.
I've found a mobile phone on my way home. Please consult me if you want to take it back.
I've lost my mobile phone and I'm desperately in need for the numbers in it. Whoever found it will be awarded generously if they bring the numbers to room 325.
I've just lost a very expensive mobile phone. It has a spiritual value for me, too since it was a gift. Please bring it to room 215.
If you've found a colourful mobile phone, don't try to operate it; as soon as you work it, it’ll explode in five seconds!
9. While you’re walking to work one day,
you see a blind woman standing at
the traffic lights. She obviously wants
to walk across the street but she
seems to get confused of the car
horns and crowd. And nobody helps
her. Hoping to help her, you approach
and ask in a polite manner:
Excuse me, madam, but I was wondering whether I could be of any assistance.
Why are you still waiting? Don't you see the cars have just stopped?
The lights are red now, why don't you stop and wait, you old woman?
You're too passive. Be active and jump into the street!
You look so miserable! Is it because you're blind?
10. You're preparing for the university
entrance exams and decided that you
want to study foreign languages. But
your parents are of the idea that
foreign languages don't promise a
wealthy future. Namely, it's not a good
career planning. Nevertheless, you've t-already decided and you're so
determined. You tell them forcefully
Why are you insisting on science? I prefer engineering.
It's not yet certain I'll pass the exams, so it's no use talking about these.
I haven't decided yet; if you were in my position, what would you do?
I'm just determined and I'm going to study what I want to study and this is my final decision.
I think you speak too early. We'll wait and see
11. One of your friends has asked you to
take care of her pet while she's
abroad. Unfortunately her dog is a
spoiled and noisy one. You actually
don't want to accept but on the other
hand, you don't want to hurt your
friend by refusing her. Trying to
conceal your reluctance, you say:
I'm afraid I'm not that patient to look after it.
You know I have a husky at home, and it may give harm to yours.
Sorry but why are you always giving such responsibilities to me? Do I look stupid?
I want to help out you so much but do you have any suggestions for keeping him silent?
You know how busy I am. Can't we postpone your travel for a while?
12. Your cousin has his second English
exam for this term tomorrow. You feel
that this exam is very important for
him. But he's been suffering from
headache since the morning and very
upset for this. You want to soothe his
apprehensive feelings and remind him
that he'll have many other chances
during the lessons other than exams.
Trying to encourage him, you say:
Your headache seems far from getting well. I’m so sorry for you.
I'm sure you'll recover from your headache soon and show yourself in class.
What a pity! You've studied day and night for this one, now you won't pass it.
You'd better see a doctor otherwise you can never succeed in the exams.
You must take a lesson from this; if you had looked after yourself, you wouldn't be sick now
13. You've just arranged a job interview
with the manager of a well -
established firm. When you arrive
there, you approach the officer at the
reception and tell her politely the
reason for your presence:
Excuse me, I can't find the interview room.
Do you know where the other applicants are?
Good morning. I’d like to ask you if m I'm in the right place for the is! interview?
I’m sorry but wouldn't it be better to ^ set up a better organization for the >< interviews?
Good afternoon. I’m John Melbourne W and I'm here for a job interview with .g Mr Dawson.
14. You've planned a trip up to the
mountains with your wife for Sunday.
On Saturday night, you watch the
weather report and see that heavy
rain is predicted. You get
disappointed and you at once talk to
your wife and say:
It seems as if we may have to postpone our trip to another day.
If I were you, I'd prepare an umbrella.
Being together is important then who cares about the rain?
Did you put the jumpers in the suitcase?
Darling I've changed my mind. Under such favourable weather conditions, why don't we go for a picnic?
15. You're going to theatre with some
friends who are regarded as the most
popular students at school. You have
an extra invitation and you want to
give it to a newcomer girl who is shy
and rather introvert. But your friends
are against this. So as to persuade
your friends, you say:
This new girl is really weird! And I don't want to waste my time with her.
Why don't we give her a chance? Perhaps she can accommodate with the atmosphere.
Do you think we should invite this new girl, too?
What's your problem? Why do you always object to whatever I say?
Let's give my ticket to the new girl; I don't want to come at all.
16. You are a university student and
you're staying in a dormitory room
with your best friend. One day, in the
middle of the night you suddenly
wake up because of a nightmare. And
since you're afraid, you ask your
roommate to switch on the lights. You
Do you mind if I switch on the lights? You seem to be horrified.
I don't know what my problem is. I'm always like this nowadays.
Would you mind turning the lights on as I'm a bit scared?
Why are you looking at me like that? I just had a bad dream.
If I turn on the television, i'll feel better. Don't worry about me.
17. Your English literature teacher has
given you term homework about
Shakespeare. You don't know much
about him, but you have an aunt who
is also a literature teacher, so you go
to see her and hopefully you try to
learn whether she can recommend
any resources. You say:
Have you got any supplementary materials on background reading for Shakespeare?
The teacher has given me a really boring study. What do you think?
Have you heard of anybody called Shakespeare, because I haven't?
Would you mind writing an essay for me about Shakespeare? I'd be grateful.
My new assignment is Shakespeare's life, isn't it interesting?
18. You have an assignment on a pretty
new subject matter. You need some
original resources. Therefore, you go
to the library but discover that the
books you're looking for have been
taken out. As you can't finish your
assignment without those books, you
say to the library officer:
I can't find the book I've been looking for some time. You have to find and bring it to me.
Why did you give my books to a stranger? What will I do now?
I'd better change the subject of my assignment. What do you think?
Excuse me. I'd like to reserve some books for when they're returned.
You could have found the books I'm looking for if you had wanted
19. You're attending a private course on
Maths. You're very content with the
course and your maths teacher. Your
cousin is attending another course in
the downtown. Yours is a little bit far
away from your cousin's house but
you persuade her to come to same
course as you. But suddenly the
maths teacher changes in your
course, instead a terrible one in
teaching comes. You know how your
cousin feels about this. You try to
make a reasonable explanation for
this situation defending yourself. You
Okay, I'm very guilty. Now you can do whatever you want to me.
I'm very sorry about this. I know you're blaming me, but how could I have known there would be such a change in the course?
If you want, we can leave the course and go back to yours so that we can have a fresh beginning.
It's your fault to have come here. You were always complaining about the low quality of your former course.
Your maths was already terrible. Even if we find the best teacher, you can't succeed in maths.
20. On your way home you see a woman
who seems to have got lost. You want
to help her. So you approach her and
Excuse me, ma'am. I thought you were looking a little apprehensive. Can I help you?
Hello. No matter how courageous you are, you can't find your way here.
I wonder why you look so sad!
I'm sorry; could you help me to find my way? I think I'm lost
Pardon me; I'm very glad that I ran into you today. Shall we have a meal together?
21. Your father has lost his job due to the
recent economic crisis. He was a
successful architect. Now he feels
rather sad. You know how qualified he
is, so as to comfort and encourage
hini, you say:
This crisis has made many people homeless or jobless.
Why don't you understand the g company's financial situation? They must have many other problems more important than you.
If I were you, I would sue the company because of this foolish decision.
I feel pity for you and you should feel it for yourself. You've lost such a good past for nothing
Please, don't be so upset. I'm certain an architect having your qualifications can find a job easily
22. After some hours with you studying,
your student finally managed to get
even the most difficult structures in
English. You want to compliment on
her. You say;
I can't understand why you need so much time to understand these basic things!
Well done Martha. These were really difficult grammatical points but you got them all.
After so many hours with me, it is normal that you've learned English.
You have no problem but reading. And you have to study much more to achieve it.
What's the matter with you? Are you stupid or don't you study enough
23. Since your elder son is so much
looking forward to owning a pet
animal, you decide to buy him one.
You go to a pet shop and choose a
Siamese cat for him. After a moment’s
consideration, you change your mind
about buying a cat, and tell the
Well, I really love cats especially beautiful ones, but I have to look for a less expensive one.
Don't you have the Iranian ones? They're much prettier than this one
It may not be a good idea after all. I think he'll get tired of it in a few weeks.
Is there another pet shop near here where I can find different ones?
I don't know what I'm doing here. I must be stupid. I can get infected in this little shop.
24. One of your colleagues is giving a
party today. And you'll go to that
party. Your mother is wondering if
your girlfriend, Melinda, is coming,
too. You are cross with Melinda but
you have a hunch that she will be at
the party tonight. You tell your
I know she'll come to the party and we'll have a wonderful time
I wonder it, too. But it's a Weak possibility for me to see her there.
Why do you ask it? Don't you know I broke up with her?
I don't care at all and most probably she won't come.
Mum, I think she'll be there. After all, she loves me.
25. Your best friend, Norma has bought a
new purse. She's showed it to you
and you like it very much. Moreover,
you've learned that she paid next to
nothing for it. You want to buy the
same purse as hers. You say to her:
Where can I get the same purse for free?
You know my financial situation. Could you help me a little?
Although it's inexpensive, I didn't like its colour
You must have got a bargain. I want a purse as cheap as yours. Where did you buy it?
I'd like to have one but they are very expensive.