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A husband and wife are traveling by car from Miami to Boston

NetEnglish

 

Intermediate

 

Module: Reading and grammar 1.

 

A hotel story

 

1. Read this funny story about a couple.

 

A husband and wife were traveling by car from Miami to Boston. After almost twenty-four hours on the road, they were too tired to continue driving, and they decided to stop for a rest. They stopped at a nice hotel and took a room, but they only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed them a bill for $350.
The man got very angry and demanded to know why the charge was so high. He told the clerk that although it was a nice hotel, the rooms certainly weren’t worth $350. When the clerk told him $350 was the standard rate, the man insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared, listened to the man, and then explained that the hotel had an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center that were available for the husband and wife to use.

“But we didn’t use them”, the man complained.

“Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager.

He went on to explain they could have taken part in one of the shows for which the hotel was famous. “The best entertainers from New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas perform here,” the Manager said.

But we didn’t go to any of those shows,” complained the man again.

“Well, we have them, and you could have”, the Manager replied.

No matter what facility the Manager mentioned, the man replied, “But we didn't use it!”

The Manager was unmoved, and eventually the man gave up arguing and agreed to pay. He wrote a check and gave it to the Manager. The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check.
“But sir,” he said, “this check is only made out for $100.”

“That’s right,” said the man. “I charged you $250 for sleeping with my wife.”

“But I didn’t!” exclaimed the Manager.

“Well,” the man replied, “she was here, and you could have.”

 

(Help: a kiemelt szavak, kifejezések megtalálhatóak a fejezet végén a ‘Vocabulary notebook’-ban! Narancssárga színûek a szavak, kékre festettek a kifejezések.)

 

2. ® NetEnglish interactive: go to the following page and answer the questions (without looking back).

 

(Help: ezen az oldalon rövid válaszokat kell adnod a kérdésekre, ha lehet, fejbõl.)

 

3. ® NetEnglish grammar: go to the following page and learn more about COULD HAVE + 3. form.

 

(Help: ezen a COULD HAVE + 3. alakról tanulhatsz. A magyarázatok végén gyakorlófeladatot is találsz.)

 

4. ® NetEnglish grammar practice: go to the following page and do the exercise.

 

(Help: Ezen az oldalon a fenti szöveg alapján szövegkiegészítõ feladatot találsz, ahol be kell írni a zárójelben található igék megfelelõ alakját (-ing or to).)

 

5. ® NetEnglish vocabulary practice: go to the following page and do the exercise on reporting verbs.

 

(Help: Ezen összekötõs feladatot találsz, ahol a függõbeszédben gyakran használatos igéket gyakorolhatod.)

 

6. Vocabulary notebook

(Help: bárminek a kiejtését meghallgathatod az At&T ingyenes online szoftvere segítségével. Amit tenned kell: 1. másold ki a meghallgatni kívánt szót/kifejezést; 2. keresd fel az At&T honlapját ITT; 3. másold be a kiválasztott részt, válassz a legördülõ menübõl akcentust – ajánlott a US vagy a UK – és hallgasd meg; 4. hagyd nyitva az oldalt, így bármikor meghallgathatod bárminek a kiejtését.)

 

continue doing sth

folytat valamit

plan to do sth

tervez valamit tenni

handed them a bill for $350

átadott egy 350 dolláros csekket

demand to know

követeli, hogy megtudhassa

the rooms weren’t worth $350

a szobák nem értek 350 dollárt

standard rate

szokásos ár

insist on doing sth

ragaszkodik valamihez

explain

megmagyaráz

available for

elérhetõ

complain

panaszkodik

take part in sth

részt vesz valamiben

entertainer

szórakoztató

No matter what facility the Manager mentioned …

Bármilyen szolgáltatást is említett az igazgató ...

unmoved

hajthatatlan

eventually

végül

this check is only made out for $100

ez a csekk csak 100 dollárról szól

charge sb for doing sth

megfizettet valakivel valamit

exclaim

felkiált