American English
At The Post Office




American English At The Post Office :


POSTAL CLERK : What can I do for you today?


CAROL : I need to mail this package to New York, please.


POSTAL CLERK : OK, let’s see how much it weighs … it’s about five pounds. If you send it express, it will get there tomorrow. Or you can send it priority and it will get there by Saturday.


CAROL : Saturday is fine. How much will that be?


POSTAL CLERK : $11.35 [eleven thirty-five]. Do you need anything else?


CAROL : Oh, yeah! I almost forgot. I need a book of stamps, too.


POSTAL CLERK : OK, your total comes to $20.35 [twenty dollars and thirty-five cents].




LANGUAGE NOTES :


What can I do for you today? Notice that this question starts with “What," so the intonation drops at the end of the question.


Or you can send it priority … Notice the stress on “or," which emphasizes that there is another possibility.


$11.35 ... $20.35 Notice the two different ways the postal clerk says the price. First he says eleven thirty-five (without the words dollars and cents), then he says twenty dollars and thirty-five cents.


Oh, yeah! is an expression used here to mean “I just remembered something." It’s often followed by “I almost forgot."


Your total comes to … is a way of saying “the cost is …."


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