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He's really trustworthy #1 (permalink) Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:44 am   He's really trustworthy
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #590 "Real Life: Personalities (1)", question 4

Every year, we give our house keys to our good friends when we go on our family vacation. My husband has known the husband, Dave, since they were kids and he waters our plants and makes sure that everything is OK while we're away. He's really .......... Otherwise, I wouldn't trust him with our home.

(a) outgoing
(b) trustworthy
(c) artistic
(d) confident

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #590 "Real Life: Personalities (1)", answer 4

Every year, we give our house keys to our good friends when we go on our family vacation. My husband has known the husband, Dave, since they were kids and he waters our plants and makes sure that everything is OK while we're away. He's really trustworthy. Otherwise, I wouldn't trust him with our home.

Correct answer: (b) trustworthy

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Every year, we give our house keys to our good friends when we go on our family vacation. My husband has known the husband, Dave, since they were kids and he waters our plants and makes sure that everything is OK while we're away. He's really confident. Otherwise, I wouldn't trust him with our home.
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Hi Teachers,

I don't understand why "trustworthy" is correct here when judjing by the last statement she doesn't trust him?

Thank you,
Vladimir.
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He's really trustworthy #2 (permalink) Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:13 am   He's really trustworthy
 

The last statement expresses an implied condition: "I wouldn't trust him, if he weren't so trustworthy (deserving of her trust)".

If it was "I won't/don't trust him with our home", then it would indeed sound contradictory to "he's really trustworthy".
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Otherwise... #3 (permalink) Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:17 am   Otherwise...
 

Oh, thank you! I didn't know the correct interpretation of otherwise...
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