Mrs. Henry : Good evening, Dorothy. Is your daughter home?
Mrs. Jenkins : Oh hello, Edith. No, she isn’t. Can I be of help?
Mrs. Henry : I wanted to ask her to babysit for me Friday night. Is she free?
Mrs. Jenkins : I don’t think she is, but I could ask Stevie.
Mrs. Henry : Would you please? The baby loves him too.
Mrs. Jenkins : Stevie, are you free Friday night to babysit for Mrs. Henry?
Stevie : Sure. Find out at what time, will you?
Mrs. Jenkins : It’s O.K. with him, Edith. At what him do you want him at
Mrs. Henry : Well, we’re going out to dinner and then to a show.
If he comes at about 6:30, we’ll have the baby all ready
for bed. We should be back before midnight.
Mrs. Jenkins : Fine then, he’ll be there. Good night, Edith.
Mrs. Henry : Good night, and thanks.
babysitting (n ) Taking care of children while their parents are away.
find out (v) to discover, to learn
to be back (v) to return
Many American youngsters supplement their allowance- if they get one- by doing odd jobs for their neighbors. Babysitting is one of the most common of these jobs. Most couples do not have maids or relatives living with them, and they need to hire someone to watch the children if they want to go out.
The babysitting is expected to watch the children, feed them, amuse them, put them to bed at the proper time, and change diapers if necessary. Before leaving, usually give the babysitter a telephone number where they can be reached in an emergency.
A babysitter charges between two and three dollars an hour or a flat fee of twenty to thirty dollars for a whole day.
Answer the questions.
1. What did Mrs. Henry want?
2. Whom could Mrs. Jenkins ask to do it?
3. What time does Mrs. Henry want Stevie at her house?
4. Where are the Henrys going?
5. What time will they be back?
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