Exercise 1 Listen to these three extracts. In each case,say what is requested and if the response is positive or cautious.
A: Morning, Anna, how are you?
B: Fine, thanks. I'm glad I caught you.
A: Oh yes? What can I do for you?
B: Well, you know that advertisement for a holiday cottage you put in the company newsletter?
A: Of course. The cottage is still available for one or two weeks this summer if you're interested.
B: Good. Could I see the details and take them home to show the family?
A: Of course. I've got them in my office.
B: Great. I'll drop by later today.
A: Fine, see you later.
A: Hi. How are things?
B: Pretty good. And you?
A: Not so bad. How are you settling down in your new flat?
B: OK. I'm in the middle of decorating it. In fact, I wanted to ask you a favour.
A: Go ahead.
B: Could I borrow a stepladder - you know, to reach the ceilings?
A: Should be no problem. We've got one somewhere.
B: Oh, that's good. Shall I come round to pick it up?
A: Fine. What about this evening?
B: If that's all right.
A: Hi, John. Lovely day, isn't it?
B: Hello, Catherine. It certainly is.
A: Oh, John, could I ask you a favour?
B: Of course.
A: I was wondering if I could use your car this afternoon?
B: Well, I'm not sure it's insured for anybody else to drive.
A: I'm fairly certain the company insurance will cover it.
B: Well, if you're sure.
A: I'll check first and give you a ring in a moment.
B: OK. Speak to you later, then.