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What a loss! VERSUS What a shame! #1 (permalink) Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:08 am   What a loss! VERSUS What a shame!
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #34 "Responses (7)", question 5

Jill: 'After all that effort we didn't manage to sell a single one.'
Frank: '.........'

(a) What a loss!
(b) What a shame!
(c) What a job!
(d) What a crime!

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #34 "Responses (7)", answer 5

Jill: 'After all that effort we didn't manage to sell a single one.'
Frank: 'What a shame!'

Correct answer: (b) What a shame!
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What a shame #2 (permalink) Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:10 am   What a shame
 

Hi,

There is no reference to a loss in this dialogue but merely to the fact that it is a pity there was no sale after all that effort.

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What a loss! VERSUS What a shame! #3 (permalink) Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:16 am   What a loss! VERSUS What a shame!
 

Dear Alan,

In this situation, Could Frank say that "what a pity" instead of "what a shame"?
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What a loss! VERSUS What a shame! #4 (permalink) Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:22 pm   What a loss! VERSUS What a shame!
 

Hi,

Yes, that would do also.

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What a loss! VERSUS What a shame! #5 (permalink) Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:52 am   What a loss! VERSUS What a shame!
 

why "what a loss" is not correct?
all that effort they have done are lost no?
shame refers with infront of public or what?
if we are on a show or get together we are doing something stupid and everyone see that..
we say what a shame?
at the same time , in the case of bussiness it is a loss or Am I wrong?
I have doubts on the differences between what a shame and what a loss..please help me!
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What a loss! VERSUS What a shame! #6 (permalink) Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:27 am   What a loss! VERSUS What a shame!
 

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Hi,

As I explained in a previous post, there is no reference to anything being lost in that comment. It may well be as a consequence of not selling anything, there is a financial loss but Frank is simply expressing regret to Jill.

Let me give you another example. You would say: What a loss if someone had invested money in a company that had gone bankrupt. You would say: What a shame if you wanted to express sympathy for something unfortunate that has happened.

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