Unit 2. THE WRONG NUMBER

SITUATION Alicia Delgado wants to contact Richard Dean but she gets the wrong number. Here's Mr Dean's business card.

DIALOGUE

Switchboard operator May I help you?
Alicia Delgado Could you please connect me with your Purchasing Officer, Mr Dean?
Switchboard operator I'm sorry, I think you have the wrong number. What number were you calling?
Alicia Delgado Isn't that 311 4249?
Switchboard operator No, this is 311 4240.
Alicia Delgado Oh, excuse me, I do have the wrong number.
Switchboard operator No problem. Goodbye.
Alicia Delgado Goodbye.

KEY EXPRESSIONS

TAKING THE CALL MAKING THE CALL
Telling callers they have the wrong number Checking you Unit 2. THE WRONG NUMBER have the right number Isn't that 3114249?
I'm sorry, I think you have the wrong number. Is this 311 4249? Is that the UK Partnership?
I'm afraid you have the wrong number. This is 311 4240. Apologizing I'm sorry, I wanted 311 4249.
Asking callers what number they wanted What number were you calling? What number did you want? What number did you dial? Oh, excuse me, I do have the wrong number. Oh, I'm sorry, I've dialled the wrong number.

ACTIVITIES

Exercise 1.Practise dealing with wrong numbers. Work in pairs using the role cards given below.

ROLE CARD A MAKE Unit 2. THE WRONG NUMBER CALL 1: You want to speak to Mr Prashad on New Delhi 587203. TAKE CALL 2: You are on the switchboard at a small company in Los Angeles. Your telephone number is (213) 123 4567. No one by the name of Law works for your company.

ROLE CARD B TAKE CALL 1: You are on the switchboard at The Indian Company in New Delhi. Your telephone number is 586203. No one called Prashad works for your company. MAKE CALL 2: You want to speak to Vernon Law in New York on (212) 1234567.

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