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* 15 Visiting (p.2 of 6)

 

15.7�� When you need to explain why you are late

 

I couldn't get a taxi.�� Listen�� A �I could not catch a taxi cab.��� <�I couldn�t get a taxi. I thought I would never get here.�>

I couldn't get a cab.�� Listen�� <�My God! I couldn�t get a cab. I never thought it would be so hard to get a cab in Manhattan on a Friday night.�>

My ride didn't show up.�� Listen�� A �The car that was supposed to pick me up never showed up.��� <�My ride didn�t show up. I lost much time waiting for them. I don�t know what happened.�>

I missed my ride.�� Listen�� <�Unfortunately, I missed my ride, and I had to take a city bus.�>

I missed the train.�� Listen�� <�I missed the train. I don�t know how it happened.�>

The bus was late.�� Listen�� <�The bus was late. I boarded it half an hour later than the schedule.�>

I ran out of gas.�� Listen�� <�Somehow I miscalculated the distance. I ran out of gas.�>

I had to stop for gas.�� Listen�� <�I had to stop for gas. The waiting line at the gas station was unusually long.�>

I had to get gas.�� Listen�� <�I had to get gas, and I couldn�t find a gas station.�>

I was stuck in traffic.�� Listen�� A �I was held in a traffic jam.��� <�I was stuck in traffic. I lost a good deal of time.�>

Traffic was slow.�� Listen�� <�Traffic was slow. Streets were busy. I thought it would be quicker to take the main freeway. No way!�>

Traffic was hell.�� Listen�� <�Traffic was hell. I tried both the freeway and the back road.�>

I got lost.�� Listen�� A �I lost my way.��� <�I got lost. The police blocked the main road, so I had to take a detour.�>

I missed my exit.�� Listen�� A �Inadvertently, I missed the exit ramp which I intended to take.��� <�Traffic on the freeway was hell. I didn�t change lanes on time, so I missed my exit. I took the next exit and got lost.�>

There was construction.�� Listen�� <�There was construction, so I missed my exit.�>

There was an accident.�� Listen�� <�All the traffic on the freeway stopped. There was an accident. The police blocked several lanes.�>

I was looking for parking.�� Listen�� A �I was looking for a place to park my car.��� <�I was looking for parking. Eventually, I parked my car one block away.�>

I couldn't find a parking space.�� Listen�� <�It was dark in you street. I couldn�t find a parking space.�>

I couldn't find a place to park.�� Listen�� <�All the parking space in front of your house was taken. I couldn�t find a place to park.�>

It took me longer to get here than I thought it would.�� Listen�� <�I miscalculated the time. It took me longer to get here than I thought it would.�>

It took me longer to get here than I expected.�� Listen�� <�I had forgotten about the construction on the freeway. It took me longer to get here than I expected.�>

I didn't realize this was so far away.�� Listen�� <�You live in the new part of the city. I didn�t realize this was so far away.�>

I lost track of time.�� Listen�� <�I started driving too late. I lost track of time.�>

I misjudged the time.�� Listen�� <�I misjudged the time. It took longer than I expected to get here.�>

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15.8�� When you want to be polite to others after your late arrival

 

Were you waiting long?�� Listen�� <�I�m really sorry for being late. Were you waiting long?�>

I'm glad you started without me.�� Listen�� <�I�m sorry I�m late. I�m glad you started without me.�>

I hope you started without me.�� Listen�� <�Sorry to have kept you waiting. I hope you started without me.�>

You should have started without me.�� Listen�� <�My airplane was late. You should have started without me.�>

Next time start without me.�� Listen�� <�Next time don�t be late.� � �Next time start without me.�>

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15.9�� When you greet a guest

 

Look who's here!�� Listen�� <�May I come in? Sorry I�m late.� � �Look who�s here! This is my cousin Fred.�>

I'm glad to see you.�� Listen�� <�Bob! Is that you? I�m glad to see you.� � �Likewise.�>

Am I surprised to see you!�� Listen�� <�Come on in, old friend. Am I surprised to see you!�>

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15.10�� When you greet a guest more politely

 

Welcome to our house.�� Listen�� AYou are cordially invited to enter our house.��� < � �Thank you. It�s nice to be here.�>

I'm delighted to have you visit.�� Listen�� A �It�s so nice to have you here for a visit.��� <�Thank you for inviting me.� � �I�m delighted to have you visit.�>

I'm delighted to have you here.�� Listen�� < � �Thank you for having me.�>

I'm so glad you could visit.�� Listen�� < � �It�s always a pleasure to visit you.�>

I'm so glad you could come.�� Listen�� < � �I�m delighted to be here.�>

I'm so glad you could make it.�� Listen�� <�I�m so sorry to be late. The traffic on the freeway is terrible.� � �I�m so glad you could make it.�>

I'm so glad you could stop by.�� Listen�� < �I just happened to be in the neighborhood and thought it would be nice to see you.� � �I�m so glad you could stop by.�>

It's nice to have you here.�� Listen�� A �I am glad you are in this place.��� < � �It�s nice to be here.�>

It's good to have you here.�� Listen�� < � �It�s good to be here.�>

It's a pleasure to see you again.�� Listen�� <�It has been such a long time.� � �Yes, it has. It�s a pleasure to see you again.�>

It's nice to see you again.�� Listen�� < � �It�s just wonderful to see you after all these years.�>

It's so good to see you again.�� Listen�� < � �Likewise! You look so wonderful.�>

It's so good to see you after all this time.�� Listen�� < � �Thank you. Indeed, it feels terrific to see an old friend.�>

Good seeing you again.�� Listen�� < � �I�m glad to see you, too.�>

I wanted to see you for a long time.�� Listen�� < � �And I wanted to see you, too!�>

I've been looking forward to seeing you for a long time.�� Listen�� < � �To see each other more often, we have to move at least to the same state.�>

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