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English Conversation Practice - Company Downsizing Rumors
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JASON: "Hey Joe, did you hear the rumors?"
JOE: "No, Jason. What rumors?"
JASON: "The company is laying people off?"
JASON: "I'm not sure. I heard this from Susan in Accounting."
JOE: "Why are they laying people off?"
JASON: "The company is not making a profit."
JOE: "Are you worried?"
JASON: "Yeah. I'm very worried. I just bought a house."
JOE: "I'm really worried too. My wife and I just had a baby. Also, I haven't been at this company for very long. I would be the first one to get laid off."
JASON: "This is terrible. What should we do?"
JOE: "Maybe we should start looking for other jobs."
JASON: "But what if it's all a rumor and not true."
JOE: "Well, if you heard it from Susan, it must be true."
JOE: "Her mom is our boss."
1. What is the rumor at work?
Jason and Joe's boss is retiring
The company is being bought by another company
The company is laying people off
Susan is having a baby
2. Where did they hear this rumor?
From Joe's boss
From Jason's boss
From the secretary
3. Why is Joe worried?
He and his wife just had a baby
He hasn't worked at the company very long
Neither A or B
Both A and B
4. Who is Susan's mom?
The delivery person
1. The company is laying people off
2. From Susan
3. Both A and B
4. The boss
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