There is a dialogue between a man and a woman:

WOMAN: Basketball practice doesn't take a lot of time, doesn't it?
MAN: Only every spare time.

I just can't figure out what that man means.

Another one:

WOMAN: I don't know why we haven't heard anything from Jane about Sunday.
MAN: We've been in and out all week. Maybe we should try calling her.

What does "in and out" mean in the dialogue?
Why is "about Sunday", not "on Sunday"?
There is also a question attached to it: what does the man infer about Jane?
The correct answer among 4 is: she has probably tried to call.
So I am confused about the answer. Why it is the correct one. The answer doesn't make sense to me.

Many thanks in advance.


The 1st dialogue.

The man’s statement with respect to time is incorrect, although the statements seem to be ambiguous. The woman thinks it takes very little time; the answer from the man seems to indicate that it takes most of his time.

There are 2 variations that I see:

Man: Only some/all of my spare time.


Man: Only every spare minute.

The 2nd dialogue

'In and Out' is an expression used to indicate that they have been in and out of the house on a number of occasions. Things like shopping, coming home, picking up the children, then go out for a meal etc...

The dialogue 'about Sunday' indicates that an arrangement was made for Sunday such as a meeting, but has not yet been confirmed. Perhaps they were waiting for someone to arrive; it could be anything that would require waiting to confirm the invitation. The arrangement will be held ON Sunday.

The correct answer No.4 is logical. She has probably tried to call, but they have been 'in and out', thereby implying that they have been busy and have missed the call from Jane. Therefore the response from the man is correct. i.e. 'Maybe we should call her'.

Hope this helps.
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You mean last Sunday or this coming Sunday?
Thank you, Timbo! You are a big help!
I think the Sunday you mentioned refers to a coming Sunday, doesn't it? Emotion: wink