“I wish I didn't have that stray hair sticking out.”

English Lesson: I wish I didn't have that stray hair sticking out.

You're looking at vacation photos with your husband. There's one photo which has a beautiful background, but there's a problem with your hair. You complain about it.

I wish I didn't have that stray hair sticking out.



“Is this seat taken?”

English Lesson: Is this seat taken?

You're in a coffee shop. You're looking for somewhere to sit, but there aren't many empty tables. You see a chair with no one sitting in it, but there's someone sitting next to it. This is how you ask the person if it's OK to take the chair.

Is this seat taken?



“Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.”

English Lesson: Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

You're working on a charity event to raise money for cancer research. You'd like to ask some of your co-workers for help with the event, so you write an e-mail about it to a group of people. You write them an email explaining where the money from the event will go. You write this.

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



“Can you close that for me and launch the sales tracking report again?”

English Lesson: Can you close that for me and launch the sales tracking report again?

You're training a new employee at your company. You're showing him how to use one of the company's software applications. You've finished explaining one part of the application, so you ask him to move back to another part that you were showing him before.

Can you close that for me and launch the sales tracking report again?



“I nicked it shaving.”

English Lesson: I nicked it shaving.

Your ear has a cut on it. It happened when you were shaving this morning. Your daughter asks what happened, so this is your answer.

I nicked it shaving.



English Lesson: I wish I didn't have that stray hair sticking out.
English Lesson: Is this seat taken?
English Lesson: Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
English Lesson: Can you close that for me and launch the sales tracking report again?
English Lesson: I nicked it shaving.



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