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Vocabulary :

ring (v) 

3. (đt) gọi điện thoại
call someone on the phone

private (adj)
1. (tt) riêng, tư, cá nhân
personal; not for everyone to know

detective (n)
1. (dt) thám tử
someone whose job is to investigate crimes, etc 

investigation (n)
1. (dt) cuộc điều tra, sự điều tra  

appointment (n)
1. (dt) sự sắp xếp trước để gặp hoặc thăm ai vào một thời gian nhất định; lịch hẹn
a meeting that you fix in advance 

suit (v)

1. (đt) thỏa mãn, đáp ứng nhu cầu
be what you like or what you want
Does this car suit you or would you like to see something else?
2. (đt) hợp với, thích hợp với
look good on someone

 

Episode Note

1. Making An Appointment 

 2. Can

3. Will and 'll

4. The Time

5. Preposition with Time

Episode 3. What time is it?
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In her hotel room, Anne rings a number.
John Barbour, the private detective, answers the phone.
JOHN Hello, Barbour’s Private Investigation. John Barbour speaking.

ANNE Hello. Can you find missing people?

JOHN Sometimes we can. Have you lost somebody?

ANN Yes.

JOHN Perhaps you’d like to tell me about it?

ANN Can I make an appointment please?

JOHN When would you like to come in?

ANNE Is tomorrow okay?

JOHN Let’s see… Yes, I can see you at ten o’clock. Will that suit you?

ANNE Okay, thankyou. (consults business card) 23 Mitchell Street – is that right?
JOHN
That’s right. Second floor.

ANNE Okay. See you then. Goodbye.

JOHN Goodbye.

He puts down the phone and celebrates.
In her hotel room, Anne puts the phone down, and rings again.

CLERK Hello?

ANNE Hello. Reception? What time is it please?

CLERK It’s five o’clock.

ANNE And what time do you serve dinner?

CLERK The restaurant opens in an hour, and dinner is served between six and nine pm.

ANNE And breakfast?

CLERK Breakfast is served between seven and nine thirty am ma’am.

ANNE Thankyou.

CLERK You’re welcome.

Anne puts the phone down, then notices the photo by her bed and picks it up again. There is a tear in her eyes

 


EPISODE NOTES
1. Making An Appointment -  2. Can -  3. Will and 'll -  4. The Time -  5. Preposition with Time

1. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT

ANNE
Can I make an appointment please?

JOHN
When would you like to come in?

When we say a specific time, we use at.
I’ll see you at ten o’clock.
I’ll see you at half-past four.


JOHN
Let’s see… Yes, I can see you at ten o’clock.

>> more information: Preposition with Time
2. CAN

Can means 'able to'.
I can see you = I am able to see you.

To ask a question using can, change the order of I and can


Statement
I can see you.
He can see you.
We can see you.
They can see you.


Question
Can I see you?
Can he see you?
Can we see you?

Can they see you?


ANNE
Can you find missing people?

JOHN
Sometimes we can.
   
3. WILL AND 'LL

As we’ve seen before, the word will is used to show that we are talking about the future.
I will see you tomorrow.

Usually, in conversation, we shorten this to:
I’ll see you tomorrow.

The other contractions are:
he will he’ll
she will she’ll
it will it’ll
you will you’ll
we will we’ll
they will they’ll

   
4. THE TIME

For exact hours we say o' clock.
4:00 = It’s four o’clock.
10:00 = It’s ten o’clock.
We can also just say:
It’s ten.

Often we add a.m.(for any time after twelve midnight to twelve midday.)
or p.m. (for any time after twelve midday to twelve midnight).

It’s ten a.m.
Or
It’s ten p.m.

For half-way between the hours, we use half-past.
4:30 = It’s half-past four.
or we can just say:
It’s four-thirty(p.m. or a.m.).

For quarter hours we say a quarter past or a quarter to.
4:15 = It’s a quarter past four.
4:45 = It’s a quarter to five.

Or we can just say:
It’s four fifteen.
It’s four forty-five.

For any time we can say a number of minutes past an hour up to half-past, or a number of minutes toan hour after half-past.

4:10 = It’s ten past four
4:25 = It’s twenty-five past four.
4:35 = It’s twenty-five to five.
4:50 = It’s ten to five.

Or we can just say:
It’s four ten; four twenty-five; four thirty-five; or four fifty.
   
5. PREPOSITIONS WITH TIME

The prepositions used with time are:
in; at; on; for; from; until

at = a particular time.
I’ll see you at ten o’clock.

JOHN
Let’s see… Yes, I can see you at ten o’clock.

in= a period of time in the future.
I’ll see you in an hour.
I’ll see you in a week.

CLERK
The restaurant opens in an hour, and dinner is served between six and nine pm.

on = a day or date
I’ll see you on Wednesday.
I saw you on the 30th of June.

for = a period of time an action takes place.
I’ll see you for an hour.
I’ve been sick for a week.

from = the time an action starts.
until = the time an action finishes.
They worked from 9a.m. until 5 p.m.

We can also use between to describe time.
They were working between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

CLERK
The restaurant opens in an hour, and dinner is served between six and nine pm.

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