Listening Part A : Skill 6 - Agreement

Thursday, 3 February 2011

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Expressions of agreement are common in Listening Part A, so you should become familiar with them. The following example shows agreement with a positive statement.


On the recording, you hear:

(man)       : I thought that the meal was overpriced.
(woman)  :  Me, too
(narrator) : What does the woman mean?

In your test book, you read:

(A) There were too many spices in the meat.
(B) She has the same opinion of the meal as the man.
(C) She wants to share the man’s meal.
(D) The price of the meal was great.

The expression me, too shows agreement with a positive statement, so the woman means that she has the same opinion as the man. The best answer is therefore answer (B).

The following chart lists common expressions that show agreement. 
You should become familiar with these expressions.

EXERCISE 6: In this exercise, underline the expression of agreement in each short conversation. Then read the question, and choose the best answer to that question. Remember that the best answer is one that shows agreement.

1. (woman)   :  This homework is going to take forever.
    (man)        :  I’ll say!
    (narrator)   :  What does the man mean?

     (A) It’s going to take forever to get home.
     (B) It takes a long time to get from home to work.
     (C) He and the woman have the same opinion about the homework.
     (D) He needs to take the homework to class.

2. (woman)  :  A trip to the park might be nice,
    (man)       :  You can say that again!
    (narrator) :  What does the man mean?

    (A) The woman should repeat what she said.
    (B)  It’s nice in the park at night.
    (C) The woman should tell him about part of the trip.
    (D) He agrees about the trip to the park

3. (man)        :  I think it’s time to go home.
    (woman)   :  So do I.
    (narrator)  :  What does the woman mean?

    (A) They don’t have time to do it.
    (B) She also thinks it’s a good idea to leave.
    (C) She thinks they are at home.
    (D) They are unsure about the time.

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