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Placing an Order

Megan is an office manager. She urgently needs some office supplies, so she rings the

stationery company to place an order…

Assistant: Hi, how can I help you?

Megan: Hi, it’s Megan Watson speaking. I’d like to speak to Shirley Smith, please.

Assistant: I’m afraid she's not in right now. Can I take a message and get her to call you

back later?

Megan: Mm… I really need to place an order this morning. Maybe you can help me… I

really need to order some office supplies because we’re running low.

Assistant: No problem, I can take your order and pass it on to Shirley later today.

Megan: Great, thank you! Are you ready?

Assistant: Yes, I’m listening…

Megan: OK, we need 20 reams of paper, 10 packs of ballpoint pens, 1 large box of staples

and 1 large box of receipt paper. That’s everything.

Assistant: Thank you, Megan. I will send you a confirmation email later today and the

supplies should be delivered by Wednesday afternoon. Have a nice day!

Megan: Thank you very much for your help. Bye.

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Placing an Order


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