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A. Mary’s parents live far away

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A. Mary’s parents live far away.

B. James is looking for the cheapest lodging.

C. James is looking for a rather big and comfortable place in the center.

D. Mary can work full-time during the term.

E. Mary has been looking for a flat for a week.

F. The price depends on the distance from the school.

G. James has a car so he can find something far from school.

Mary: Hey, James. What are you doing here?

James: I am looking for an apartment to rent. It is a real problem for me because I cannot make a decision where to live. All my friends have decided to live at the school dormitory but I want to try and find an apartment. What about you? What are you doing here? Looking for an apartment also?

Mary: Yes. Since my parents’ house is so far away, I need to find an apartment closer to school. I do not like to use public transport and as you know it is rather expensive to go by bus every day. But I thought you were going to stay at the school dormitory.

James: I still have not decided whether to stay at the dormitory or not. I am looking at different options to find the cheapest lodging. I hope to find the most convenient one but now I understand that it is rather hard.

Mary: So, what are you looking for?

James: All I need is a place big enough for my bed, my desk and my television. Of course, the place should have a kitchen so that I can cook my meals. I will be living on a very tight budget and will have to watch every dime.

Mary: Me too. I cannot work full-time like I did during the summer. I will cut down on my workload in order to spend most of the time on my studies. So, a safe and decent apartment is all I need.

James: How long have you been looking for it?

Mary: I’ve just started this week. Since school is going to start next month, I figured I better start the process as soon as possible. I hope that I could find something convenient and rather cheap.

James: It is not easy to find an apartment to your liking that does not cost a lot. I have been looking at the ads in the newspaper for two weeks, and I still have not found anything yet. I also have tried to search on the Internet but there are few ads and they sometimes offer fake apartments.

Mary: Really? Is it that difficult to find an apartment?

James: No, it is just that everything I like so far is too expensive and way beyond my reach.

Mary: Is it because they are very close to school? I heard that the closer they are to school, the higher the rental cost.

James: Maybe that is the problem. Since I do not have a car, I need to find something close to school.

Mary: Have you thought about sharing an apartment? That could solve our problem.

James: It seems that sharing an apartment may work. Do you want to try it?

Mary: Yes. It’s a wonderful idea.

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