Listen to a conversation between two students.
(man) Susan, what happened to your arm?
(woman) It’s my wrist, actually. I sprained it last weekend and I am kind of upset about it because I’m supposed to play the violin in my string quartet’s big concert next week. We’ve been practicing for weeks and we’ve already sold a bunch of tickets.
(man) Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. What are you gonna do?
(woman) Well, I was thinking about trying to play anyway, I mean, I really don’t want to let the other three group members down. Plus the doctor said my wrist should be feeling better by then.
(man) Oh, OK, so problem solved, right?
(woman) Not exactly. I’m worried I’m gonna be out of practice, like I haven’t been able to play the violin since I sprained my wrist. What if I don’t play well? I’d make the rest of the group sound bad.
(man) Why don’t you get somebody else to take your place?
(woman) Well, there’s only one other person I know who could do it and that’s Jim. He’s a great violinist and I’m sure he’d say yes. The thing is he’s not very reliable. I mean, I’m in the orchestra with him and he’s always showing up late for rehearsals.
(man) Oh, so you’re not sure you can depend on him.
(woman) Exactly, and we have less than a week left to rehearse for the concert. We’d really need him to show up on time for all our rehearsals.
Briefly summarize the woman’s problem then state which solution you would recommend. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.
The woman sprained her wrest but she is supposed to play the violin in her string-quartet concert next week. Now she is upset. In the conversation, they talk about two possible solutions. The first one is that she can just wait and play the violin in the concert next week because her doctor says that she will be better when the concert begins. But she will be out of practice and probably perform badly. The second solution is that she can ask Jim to take her place. Jim is a very good violinist. But he is not very reliable, because he is always late for rehearsals. I recommend her to choose the second solution. Since she is definitely going to be out of practice, it’s better to ask Jim to take her place. And since she knows Jim’s problem, she can urge Jim to show up on time for all the rehearsals. It’s just only a week.