Linda: I hear you are taking some exams this week.
John: Yes, I am. I have three of them this week.
Linda: I really hope they go well for you.
John: Thank you, so do I. I’ve been studying really hard but I still don’t feel as if I have done enough work!
Linda: I’m sure you’ll be fine. Just stay calm and focussed.
Situation: John and Linda discuss John’s week of examinations.
- taking some exams = doing some examinations / sitting some exams (note: there is a difference between ‘passing an exam’ and ‘taking an exam’. If you ‘pass an exam’, you are successful in it, and you get a good enough grade not to fail it. If you ‘take an exam’, or ‘sit an exam’, it just means that you ‘do the exam’, and then you have to wait for the results.)
- Yes, I am. (using only the auxiliary) = Yes, I am taking some exams
- three of them = three exams
- I really hope = I very much hope (more formal)
- they go well for you = they are successful for you (more formal)
- so do I (using only the auxiliary) = I hope so too
- I’ve been studying really hard (note: here we use the present perfect continuous tense ‘I have been studying’, instead of the present perfect simple ‘I have studied’ in order to emphasise the continuous nature of my study, and also the fact that I am still studying now. If we say ‘I have studied’ it sounds more as if the action of studying is complete.) = recently, I have studied a lot and on many occasions
- I still don’t feel = nevertheless, I don’t feel / even so, I don’t feel
- as if = as though
- I have done enough work = I have worked hard enough
- you’ll be fine = you will be OK
- Just stay = The important thing to do is to stay (more emphatic)
- calm and focussed = unworried and with concentration