STUDY UNIT: MAIN IDEAS

Both Greta and Fred were on the bus that arrived in Pittsburgh. Fred was glad to be home. He looked forward to visiting with old friends. Greta, on the other hand, dreaded seeing her old boyfriend. She already missed her days in New York City.

2. What can you most safely infer from the paragraph?

A. Fred once lived in Pittsburgh.
B. Fred and Greta are friends.
C. Greta hates her old boyfriend.
D. Fred is a friendly person.

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  1. a is the only thing inferred here: Fred is returning "home", and old friends.

    You cannot assume Fred nor Greta knew each other, nor even knew each other were on the bus.

    Now it would be nice if Fred and Greta were a couple, that would give Greta an out with her old boyfriend, but it doesn't say that. Nor does it say Fred is friendly, and in fact if he has been friendly with Greta. But all of that would make a nice story. Could be, Greta loves her old boyfriend, but Fred is in the way now... Such triangles we weave in our minds.

  2. i would have to say fred once lived in pittsburgh, because you cant really prove anything else

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  3. Fred is a friendly person

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  4. Both Greta and Fred were on the bus that arrived in Pittsburgh. Fred was glad to be home. He looked forward to visiting with old friends. Greta, on the other hand, dreaded seeing her old boyfriend. She already missed her days in New York City.


    10. Which one of the following phrases indicates that a contrast is being made?

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  5. the answer here is clearly going to be a. ( on the other hand )

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  6. A Looked forward to seeing his old friends

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