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Sentence transformation, 7

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using phrasal verbs and other words in your answer. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. There is an example at the beginning (0).

0 Terrorists tried to destroy the bridge using dynamite.
blow

Terrorists tried to blow up the bridge.

1 He went to Spain to try to speak Spanish better.
brush

He went to Spain ________________ Spanish

2 Is she Australian?

come

___________________Australia?

3 Ask Paul to do it. You can rely on him.
let

Ask Paul to do it. He __________________

4 It’s a very formal dinner party.
dress

We are expected ___________for the dinner party.

5 An ankle injury prevented her from taking part in the race.
drop

She had to _______the race because of an ankle injury.

6 It was nearly midnight when John arrived.
turn

John _______________until nearly midnight.

7 I’m not very confident of passing my driving test.
get

I don’t ________________my driving test

8 The meeting went on until 11.30
break

The meeting _______________ until 11.30

9 Unless business improves soon, we’ll be bankrupt by the    end of the year.
pick

If business _______soon, we’ll be bankrupt by the end of the year.

10 The last time my rent rose was three years ago.
put

They haven’t _______________ for three years.

11 You will support me at the meeting, won’t you?
back

You will _______________at the meeting, won’t you?

12 This form must be completed before you leave.
fill

You ____________this form before you leave.

13 I don’t think I’ll go out on Saturday.
stay

I think _______________ on Saturday.

14 Unless it stops raining soon, we’ll have to cancel the      picnic.
clear

If it _______________soon we’ll have to cancel the picnic.

15 I don’t smoke as many cigarettes as I used to.
cut

I’ve managed to _________cigarettes I smoke.

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Sentence Transformation, 6

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. There is an example at the beginning (0).

0 ‘What’s the date today?’ Michael asked
know

Michael wanted to know what the date was today

1 Their wedding takes place on Saturday.
married

They ____________________ on Saturday.

2 Would you like some more sauce with your meat?
enough

Have _________________with your meat?

3 How likely is she to win the race?
chances

What___________________the race?

4 He wished he had gone to university.
regretted

He ______________gone to university.

5 Paul had difficulty in starting the car.
difficult

Paul ________________the car.

6 Take a jumper with you because it might get cold later on.
case

Take a jumper with you__cold later on.

7 How much did that jacket cost?
pay

How much _______________that jacket?

8 The only question I had wrong was question seven.
except

I had __________________question seven

9 I don’t think I’ll go to Jane’s party on Saturday.
doubt

I ____________to Jane’s party on Saturday.

10 It was very kind of them to help us.
grateful

We ____________________for their help.

11 My uncle had never been abroad before.
trip

It was ___________________abroad.

12 This is the best food I’ve ever eaten.
better

I’ve _______________________this

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Sentence Transformation, 5

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. There is an example at the beginning (0).

0 Paul likes music
interested
Paul is interested in music

1 Do you want a sandwich?
care

_________________________a sandwich?

2 Is this pen yours?
belong

Does _______________________you?

3 David was too ill to go camping with us.
enough

David_____________________to go camping with us.

4 You can’t vote unless you are over eighteen.
must

You____________________to vote

5 I think we should go home now.
time

It _________________home now.

6 I certainly won’t go there again!
last
That ________________________I go there!

7 I regret not getting married.
wish

I _________________________ married.

8 He found it hard to start the car.
difficulty

He _______________________ the car.

9 Why wouldn’t she give you her telephone number?
refuse

Why_____________give you her telephone number?

10 John and I last quarrelled over a week ago.
fallen

John and I _______________ for over a week.

11 I doubt very much that you saw Carla at the party as      she’s in Scotland at the moment.
can’t

You _________________________Carla at the party as she’s in Scotland at the moment

12 After nearly an hour the coach had still not arrived.
sign

After nearly an hour _______________of the coach.

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Sentence transformation, 4

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. There is an example at the begining (0).

0 ‘Will you lend me five pounds?’ he asked
borrow

He asked to borrow / if he could borrow five pounds.

1 We started eating when all the guests had arrived.
until

We __________________all the guests had arrived.

2 I should very much like to play the guitar.
wish

I ______________play the guitar

3 The pop star left by the back exit so as to avoid meeting     the press.
order

The pop start left by the back exit __________the press

4 Our driving laws and theirs are not the same.
different
Our driving laws _________________theirs

5 Sally hasn’t contacted me for over six weeks.
heard

I ____________________over six weeks ago

6 ‘You really must stay the night,’ he said to us
 insisted

He ______________________the night

7 They make 2,000 cars a week at that factory.
turns

That factory___________2,000 cars a week.

8 He was punished for his bad behaviour.
badly

If he __________, he wouldn’t have been punished.

9 Speaking personally, I don’t care whether she comes with    us or not.
 matter

It ___________whether she comes with us or not.

10 I don’t really want to go out tonight.
prefer

I______________________go out tonight.

11 ‘Would you like to play tennis on Friday?’ Emily asked      Nick.
felt

Emily asked Nick __________tennis on Friday

12 As soon as he came in, he switched on the television.
immediately

He came in ___________the television

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Sentence transformation, 3

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

1 We hired a private nurse to look after my mother when    she broke her leg.
   care

We hired a private nurse ____________________my mother when she broke her leg.

2 He’s only now beginning to recover from his illness.
   get

It’s taken him until _____________________his illness.

3 David lives quite near the station.
   far

David _______________ the station

4 The programme was so boring that he fell aseep.
    such

It______________________________________________that he fell asleep.

5 My parents don’t like us smoking at home.
approve

My parents ________________smoking at home

6 We couldn’t drive home because of heavy snow.
    prevented

Heavy snow _______________ home

7 Peter wishes now that he hadn’t sold his flat.
regrets

Peter_______________________________his flat.

8 They say that caviare tastes nice.
supposed

Caviare _______________________nice

9 It was nearly midnight before everyone left.
time

By______________________it was nearly midnight.

10 She doesn’t find this course very interesting.
bored

She _______________________this course

11 Did Angela say why she arrived late?
     reason

Did Angela_______________late?

12 She couldn’t concentrate because the room was so hot
     difficult

The heat in the room_____________to concentrate.

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Sentence Transformation, 2

January 11, 2007

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words , including the word given.

1 We were surprised to see Pamela at the party.
expect

We____________________to see Pamela at the party.

2 Everyone has heard about the canals in Amsterdam
famous

Amsterdam __________________________canals

3 If you pay no attention to him, he’ll soon go away.
notice

If you____________________him, he’ll soon go away.

4 John Lennon was forty when he died.
age

John Lennon _______________________forty.

5 You can stay with my sister if you’re ever in Brighton.
put

My sister will _____________if you’re ever in Brighton.

6 She didn’t say goodbye when she left.
without

She _________________________ goodbye.

7 ‘I’m sorry I’m late,’ he said.
   apologized

He_______________________late.

8 It’s possible that they didn’t get the message in time.
might

They __________________the message in time.

9 I haven’t smoked for six years.
gave

Six years______________________smoking

10 It was wrong of you to steal those apples from Mrs       Brown’s garden.
should

You___________those apples from Mrs Brown’s garden.

11 It’s a four-hour journey from Swansea to London.
travel

It___________________from Swansea to London.

12 I don’t really want to leave yet.
rather

I __________________________leave yet.

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Sentence Transformation, 1

January 11, 2007

For Questions 31-40, complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

31 Why are you interested in taking up a new hobby?
      want

Why …………………………………………… up a new hobby?

32 ‘Have you seen my gloves anywhere, Eric?’ asked Mrs       Noble.
 seen

Mrs Noble asked Eric …………………………………………… her gloves anywhere.

33 Suzanne was too excited to sleep.
that

Suzanne was …………………………………………… not sleep.

34 Robert has not had a job for two years.
out

Robert has …………………………………………… for two years.

35 ‘I will complete the work only if you pay me £500 extra,’        said Frank.
not
‘I will …………………………………………… you pay me £500 extra,’ said Frank.

36 The thief ran right past you so I’m sure you saw his face.
must
The thief ran right past you so …………………………………………… his face.

37 The clients demanded to stay in a first-class hotel.
staying
The clients …………………………………………… in a first-class hotel.

38 I don’t object to the council building a new road here.
objection

I …………………………………………… the council building a new road here.

39 The author wrote her latest novel while she was staying       in Majorca.
was

The author’s latest novel …………………………………………… stay in Majorca.

40 The newspaper offered Lynda £5,000 for her story, but       she refused.
turned

Lynda …………………………………………… of £5,000 from the newspaper for her story.

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