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Hello everyone,

Could you please help me choose the correct answer to the following question?

Where should I put the new office................?// On the wall, please. Then everyone can see it.

A. calendar B. schedule

C. timetable D. all of them

To this, I chose "D". Please all natives (American and British) participate and give your answers to the question above. I need your help.

Regards,

JA

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Right or wrong I would have answered A.

I've never heard anybody say, "Please put the office schedule on the wall", and likewise for "timetable". In fact, "timetable" sounds wrong because a timetable is typically associated with trains or buses, and it's more like a booklet with fine print that you can page through, which does not seem suitable for putting on a wall.

CJ

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I agree with you (American). However, you have to construe "calendar" to mean "calendar of events" or something like that, because regular calendars always go where everyone can see them. Also, I don't know what an office timetable is, but it seems to me that some offices might have one. "Schedule" seems like it's what you would normally hear, though, and I'll bet that's their correct answer.

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Thank you, anonymous.

Did I choose the correct answer? I chose "D. all of them".

Regards,

JA

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Excuse me CalifJim.

I worked for Talisman company from 2013 to 2014 as an interpreter. There were two offices: one of them was "journey management office" in which on the wall there was a timetable showing the cars that brought clients from the airports to the drilling site and vice versa their departure and arrival times as well. The other office was in the camp where the workers took rest and slept at night. Again, in this office, there was a timetable on which we wrote the numbers of the vehicles eg. V1, V2, V3, and etc....which were on duty and their locations as well whether they were at the camp or at the rig site. Those we work with were British and Scottish. They prepared these timetables and put on the wall. Could you please tell me why "timetable" isn't okay?

Regards,

JA

Clearly your associations with the word "timetable" are very different from mine. What you know as a timetable you saw hanging on a wall. What I know as a timetable I have never seen on a wall.

If my associations were the same as yours, I too would say that it makes sense to put a timetable on a wall.

CJ

Thank you, CalifJim.

I troubled you.

JA

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Thank you, anonymous.

Did I choose the correct answer? I chose "D. all of them".

Regards,

JA

You and I have the same problem with multiple-choice tests. We cast farther afield than the test-maker did. I always have to downshift, so to speak, and try to figure out what they want. I would have answered "B" because the others are a bit of a stretch. "Office schedule" is by far the most common collocation there.

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