Act as an interpreter.

Grant: Now Mr. Duncan, what can I do for you? I understand that you’re a friend of Jock Macpherson’s.
Дункан: Да, м-р Грант. Он сказал мне, что вы делаете самую лучшую и самую дешевую мебель на рынке.
Grant: I think we make the best.
Дункан: Но действительно ли она самая дешевая? Вот что меня интересует.
Grant: We have a wide range of prices, Mr. Duncan. Here is our catalogue. We think our prices compare favourably with anything on the market today.
Дункан: Если бы я хотел, чтобы вы оборудовали вашей мебелью мой офис, во что бы мне это обошлось?
Grant: It would largely depend on the line you chose.
Дункан: Моя проблема в том, что у меня очень мало времени. Вы могли бы продать мне мебель прямо со склада?
Grant: If you could give me some idea of your requirements, Mr. Duncan, I might be able to help you. Unfortunately, I have someone coming to see me shortly and I …
Дункан: Я скажу вам, что мне нужно. Вот моя визитная карточка. Я – Директор-распорядитель фирмы «Дж. П. Дункан и Компания». Мы производим химические удобрения. Я хочу оборудовать новый административный корпус. Я бы хотел, чтобы вы как можно скорее предоставили мне котировки, включая расходы на доставку.
Grant: How many offices are there?
Дункан: Двадцать восемь.
Grant: Twenty eight offices. Oh, I see. Well, how much time can you give us?
Дункан: Мой предел – два месяца.
Grant: I’d like to send a man up to Glasgow to get details. I never like promising a date until I know we can honour it.

Exercise 5

Match the phrases on the left with an appropriate explanation on the right. Fill in the grid below.

1. office block A To increase production, make it twice what it was before
2. Administrative departments B Price of goods and delivery conditions, offered before a sale, quoted
3. Personnel Department C Office buildings
4. Market Research D Details, measurements, etc., of goods required or offered for sale
5. stock E Cost of delivering goods from factory to buyer
6. to double one’s output F The department which deals with employees
7. line G The goods are available for dispatch
8. quotation H Offices where the business side of a firm (sales, advertising, etc.) is carried out
9. delivery charges I Products made by a firm. Often used to mean a series or type of goods. (E.g. a new design for an office desk would be referred to as the new line.
10. deadline J Last possible moment when an event, e.g. delivery of goods, may take place
11. specifications K The investigation of present and future market requirements
12. in stock L There are no more goods for sale until the factory produces (or delivers) further supplies.
13. out of stock M Goods ready for sale

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