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Maria goes to buy a cassette
recorder. The shop assistant shows her two machines, a Toyo and a
M: Which is
better do you think? The Toyo or the Smith?
A: Well, the Toyo is a little bit cheaper but the Smith's a
M: Which one sounds better?
A: The Toyo's got a sharper tone than the Smith.
M: I think I prefer one with a smoother tone.
A: The Smith's louder, of course, if you want a loud machine.
M: Yes, I might want something louder for certain kinds
A: The Smith's certainly got a bigger speaker.
M: Which is easier to carry?
A: The Smith's a bit heavier than the Toyo. Then again
the Toyo is handier in some ways.
You can take the lid off.
M: Oh, dear. One is bigger, the other is cheaper; one's
louder, the other's smaller and
something else. I'm getting
more and more confused.
A: Which one do you prefer the look of?
M: Well, the Toyo's got a nicer shape. But I like the
color of the Smith better. No. It's hopeless. I just
have to leave it for the moment, if
you don't mind.
A: Not at all, Miss. It's better to be sure than
sorry. Wait till you are more certain.
Toyo --- cheaper, a sharper
tone, handier, a nicer shape
Smith --- bigger, a smoother
tone, louder, a bigger speaker, heavier, a better