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    Dear Erin,

    Here there are some sample tests of short dialogue in TOEFL exam:
    What does the last line in each conversation mean, plaese?

    (1) - Heís a very odd chap.
    - It takes all sorts.

    (2) Ė why donít you do some work?
    - I canít be bothered.

    (3) Ė Itís very cold but Iím going for a walk.
    - Rather you than me.

    (4) Ė Can you lend me $100?
    - You must be joking.
    - Iíll pay you back soon.
    - Thatíll be the day.

    (5) Ė Cup of tea?
    - I could do with one.

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    Don't u have any idea, everybody?

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    These look like they came from a British book, and wouldn't likely appear on the TOEFL.

    But I"ll explain anyway.
    Originally posted by Catalina

    (1) - Heís a very odd chap.
    - It takes all sorts.
    There are many different types of people in the world.

    Originally posted by Catalina

    (2) Ė why donít you do some work?
    - I canít be bothered.
    I don't want to do the work (it's too much trouble).

    Originally posted by Catalina

    (3) Ė Itís very cold but Iím going for a walk.
    - Rather you than me.
    I haven't heard this before, but I'm pretty sure it means "You can go, but I wouldn't want to go." I have heard "better you than me," which means about the same thing.

    Originally posted by Catalina

    (4) Ė Can you lend me $100?
    - You must be joking.
    - Iíll pay you back soon.
    - Thatíll be the day.
    I don't think you will pay me back (that day may never come). This one is pretty common in the US.

    Originally posted by Catalina

    (5) Ė Cup of tea?
    - I could do with one.
    I would like a cup of tea.

    Hope that helps!
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    My very dear Erin[heartbeat]
    Thanx so much for always being helpful .
    You are really wonderful.
    How did u guess they came from a British book.
    I asked my friend who had come across with these dialogues and he verified you,
    They belong to ďAdvanced Vocabulary & IdiomĒ, by B J Thomas, Longman Publication.

    Please accept my apologize if I thought they belong to short dialogues in TOEFL (this was that I was told) and brought them up to this forum.
    So this book wonít be any helpful to my TOEFL exam and I no need studying it, am I right?

    Yours truly,

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