Feb 5, 2015

Delivery Man: WOULD - Different uses


1. What is a sperm bank? What are the services offered by a sperm bank? Make a guess if you have no idea.

2. Visit the site on this link, Then answer the questions that follow.

  • What is the name of the sperm bank?
  • What services does it offer?
  • What are the costs?
  • Do you consider it expensive? Why (not)?
  • What's your opinion about this issue? How ethical is it? 
  • What is the trend in the future? Will it be an ordinary service, like purchasing a new car or house?
  • Would you be a donor? Explain it
  • Would you consider using a sperm bank if you could not have children?
  • Are donors altruistic or just looking for some extra cash?
  • Should the donor's identity be revealed if the child wanted to know it? Why (not)?

I. Watch the movie segment. Vince Vaughn's character is the biological father of of those young people he interacts with in the scene. The kids, however, don't know it. 
Match the dialogs and a use of would to each conversation in the following exercise. Make sure you decide it according to the information presented in the snippet.

A- To give advice
B - To make an offer
C - To talk about regular actions
D - To talk hypothetically
E - A polite request

1 ( ) - I thought the young lady was not going to show up for her first day at work.
        - Well, that would not surprise me.

2 ( ) - I'm here for the music performance.
        - Would you like to sit down?

3. ( ) - What should I get? My toe nails polished or a haircut?
         - I would get the nails done.

4. ( ) - What did you do to motivate the tour guide?
         - I would attend his tour even when the weather was awful.

5. ( ) - Oh, Gosh. You hurt your back.
         - I'm fine. However, I would like to rest here for a while before I stand up.

II. Is 'd in these sentences would or had? Rewrite the sentences with the contractions.

1. He'd never treat any of those kids badly.

2. He'd forgotten how helpful he could be.

3. He wishes all the kids were successful. He'd be very proud of them.

4. He'd love to see them all happy.

5. The musician was very confident after  several presentations. He'd given the same performance many times.

6. He knew he had to jump off the trampoline to look courageous. He was sure he'd make it.

7. He knew he'd been saved by the lifeguard. That made him feel embarrassed. 

Answer key:

  • What is the name of the sperm bank?  The Sperm Bank of California
  • What services does it offer? Donor Sperm, Sperm Storage,  Semen Analysis, Genetic Consultation
  • What are the costs? It depends on the services required. From US$9,000,00 to US$35,000,00 - sometimes more depending on how long the storage will take.
  • The other answers will vary.
1. d
2. b
3. a
4. c
5. e


1. He would never
2. He had forgotten
3. He would be
4. He would like
5. He had given
6. sure he would make it
7. he had been saved



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