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Learn English Vocabulary, Story 4

This story seems to be about a dog, but it is really about a stupid boss. Use the vocabulary on the right to help you understand.

A salesman (1) dropped in to see a business customer. Not (2) a soul was in the office except a big dog who was emptying (3) wastebaskets. The salesman (4) stared at the animal, (5) wondering if his imagination could be (6)playing tricks on him. The dog looked up and said, "Don't be surprised. This is just part of my job." (7) "Incredible!" (8) exclaimed the man. "I can't believe it! Does your boss know what (9) a prize he has in you? An animal that can talk!" "No, no," (10) pleaded the dog. "Please don't! If that man finds out I can talk, he'll have me answering the phone too!" (1) stopped for a visit
(2) a person
(3) a place to throw away old paper and other garbage
(4) look at for a long time
(5) thought (he was thinking)
(6) make him see something that is not real
(7) hard to believe
(8) shouted or said loudly
(9) a wonderful person or worker
(10) ask someone to do something

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