Daily English 1242 - Having Difficulty Reaching a Group Decision

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Dialogue/Story

Derrick:  That does it.  I give up!

Liz:  Don’t lose heart.  We’ll come to a consensus sooner or later.

Derrick:  No, we won’t.  We’re hopelessly deadlocked.

Liz:  It’s true we’re evenly split right now, but we only need one person to change their mind to break the tie.

Derrick:  The trouble is, everybody seems to have made up their minds and they’re beginning to dig in their heels.

Liz:  Before they do, let’s take one more vote.  Maybe somebody has changed their mind.

Derrick:  I doubt it.  Nobody wants to be outvoted so both sides are trying to maintain the status quo.  They’d rather be deadlocked than on the losing side.

Liz:  But if we don’t reach an agreement, we’ll have to come back tomorrow and continue our discussions and deliberations.

Derrick:  You’re right!  I can’t spend another day in this room.  I’ve held out long enough.

Liz:  What do you mean?

Derrick:  The only way I’m getting out of here is to change sides!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Government + Law


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