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Man: I don't feel well tonight. I have an upset stomach.
Woman: Maybe it was the food at the restaurant. It didn't taste right.
Narrator: What does the man mean? He has a stomach ache.

Correct answer: (b) He has a stomach ache.

Meaning of "He has a stomach ache."
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Woman: What's wrong with Sarah? She seems a little preoccupied.
Man: Her husband lost his job a couple of months ago and they are desperately trying to make ends meet at the moment.
Narrator: What does the man mean? Sarah and her husband are struggling to pay the bills.

Correct answer: (c) Sarah and her husband are struggling to pay the bills.

Meaning of "Sarah and her husband are struggling to pay the bills."
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Mother: I just saw your report card and it looks like you will have to pull your socks up next semester.
Son: I know Mom. I will.
Mother: Good, because your grades are important.
Narrator: What does the mother mean? Her son will have to work harder in school next semester.

Correct answer: (c) Her son will have to work harder in school next semester.

Meaning of "Her son will have to work harder in school next semester."
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Woman: Do you want to see that movie tonight?
Man: Not really. The last romantic comedy we saw bored the pants off of me.
Narrator: What does the man mean? He didn't like the last movie they saw together because it was very boring.

Correct answer: (a) He didn't like the last movie they saw together because it was very boring.

Meaning of "He didn't like the last movie they saw together because it was very boring."
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Woman: I've had it with my boss! He's completely unrealistic about our goals and wants me to work overtime again tonight!
Man: Do you get overtime pay?
Woman: Are you kidding? I have a salary position.
Narrator: What does the woman mean? She doesn't get paid by the hour and she doesn't get paid for any overtime worked.

Correct answer: (b) She doesn't get paid by the hour and she doesn't get paid for any overtime worked.

Meaning of "She doesn't get paid by the hour and she doesn't get paid for any overtime worked."
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Man: How did you like that restaurant?
Woman: I wasn't really crazy about it at all. The pasta was kind of bland and the service wasn't that great.
Man: I agree. I think we should try another place next weekend.
Narrator: What does the woman mean? She didn't like the food or the restaurant service.

Correct answer: (a) She didn't like the food or the restaurant service.

Meaning of "She didn't like the food or the restaurant service."
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Woman: I'm having a really hard time right now. I liked the old system a lot and I can't seem to wrap my head around the new system at all.
Man: Let's sit down and talk about it after lunch.
Woman: Thanks. I really appreciate your patience.
Man: No problem.
Narrator: What does the woman mean? She doesn't understand how the new system works.

Correct answer: (a) She doesn't understand how the new system works.

Meaning of "She doesn't understand how the new system works."
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Woman: Don't play favorites with the kids. I know that Jonah is more like you but Liam is your son too.
Man: I don't do that at all!
Woman: Yes, you do. And Liam is aware of it too.
Narrator: What does the woman imply? She doesn't want the man to favor one son over the other.

Correct answer: (b) She doesn't want the man to favor one son over the other.

Meaning of "She doesn't want the man to favor one son over the other."
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Man: Can you believe the way John acted last night? He's really lashing out at everyone lately.
Woman: I know. He's really stressed about losing his job. We should cut him some slack until his situation improves because he's normally not like that at all.
Narrator: What does the woman imply? She thinks they should excuse John's behavior because he's under a lot of stress.

Correct answer: (c) She thinks they should excuse John's behavior because he's under a lot of stress.

Meaning of "She thinks they should excuse John's behavior because he's under a lot of stress."
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Woman: My sister was out of line yesterday. She really crossed the line this time.
Man: I know. She's really angry and bitter and she took it out on you.
Woman: Whatever the case may be, I don't think I want to see her again for awhile.
Narrator: What does the woman mean? She thinks that her sister behaved badly yesterday and she doesn't want to associate with her for some time.

Correct answer: (a) She thinks that her sister behaved badly yesterday and she doesn't want to associate with her for some time.

Meaning of "She thinks that her sister behaved badly yesterday and she doesn't want to associate with her for some time."
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