Listen to a conversation between two students.
Hey Jane, did you finish your research paper for class?
Yeah, I printed it out this morning...
Why do you look so worried then?
Well, I was just in the cafeteria eating lunch and reading it over one last time,
when I spilled some soup on it and the class starts in fifteen minutes!
How bad is it?
It's not huge, but you can definitely see it, and several of the pages got wet.
What are you gonna do?
I could just go ahead and hand it in like this and explain to the professor what happened.
I mean, you can still read the paper -
and the pages should dry out a little by the time class begins,
but they'll still be sort of sticky and wrinkled.
Well, not all professors care that much about how the paper looks. At least it'd be in on time.
I know.... It's just that Professor Adams is kind of strict when it comes to handing in our research papers....
I mean the format he gave us for putting this paper together was really specific...
so the way it looks seems important.
Yeah. Well, how about going to the computer lab to print another copy?
I could.... Then I'd have a clean copy to hand in, and I wouldn't have to worry about how the paper looks.
You'd better hurry though because there's usually a line over there.
[sighing] I know.... And by the time I get there, wait in line for a computer, print the paper out, and come back to class, I'd be late for class,
and Professor Adams is strict about lateness too.
I see what you mean.