Excercises of Transformation of Sentences

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Transformation of sentences.
Exercise 1
Rewrite the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first. Use no more than 5 words.

1. I haven't seen Tom for ages.

since

It's been a long time [pic] Tom.

2. They were still playing tennis after three hours.

been

They [pic] for more than three hours.

3. He didn't want to join in the celebrations.

take

He didn't want [pic] the celebrations.

4. Wasn't he able to come?

Remove ‘not’

5. I took a sweater but it wasn't necessary.

Use ‘which’

I [pic] a sweater.

6. If you don't know how to spell the word, why don't you check in the dictionary?

Use ‘when’

7. Somebody should tell him.

told

He needs [pic] by someone.

8. The concert was horrible.

time

The concert was a complete [pic].

9. He couldn't find me at the exhibition.

find

He wasn't able [pic] me at the exhibition.

10. She let her son go to New York for the weekend.

allowed

She [pic] to New York.

Exercise 2

Rewrite the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first. Use no more than 5 words.

1. I am afraid I'm still having problems with understanding life in New York.

used

I [pic] living in New York.

2. I think we need to get a new car.

in

We need to get a new car [pic].

3. I'd prefer it if you didn't smoke in here.

mind

[pic] smoking in here.

4. Many people were delayed because of the traffic jam.

Use “by”.

5. It was such an interesting novel I stayed up all night to finish it.

so

The novel was [pic] I stayed up all night to finish it.

6. Although he was able to do the job, he wasn't given the position.

despite

[pic] to do the job, he wasn't given the position.

7. You should take the train instead of the bus.

were

If [pic], I'd take the train instead of the bus.

8. Can you describe him to me?

like

What [pic]?

9. It is necessary to buy a first class ticket.

have

You [pic] a first class ticket.

10. I'm sure he was at home last night.

must

He [pic] at home last night.

Exercise 3
Rewrite the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first. Use no more than 5 words.

1. Pittsburgh is less exciting than New York.

as

Pittsburgh [pic] New York.

2. He couldn't reach the cup because it was too high.

low

The cup wasn't [pic] for him to reach.

3. She didn't accept his marriage proposal.

down

She [pic].

4. We were told to wait here by the director.

who

It was the director [pic] to wait here.

5. Can you look after the kids this afternoon?

of

Can you [pic] the kids this afternoon?

6. "Why don't you take a day off?" asked Jim.

should

Jim suggested [pic] a day off.

7. He acts like a poor man even if he has a lot of money.

fact

Even though he acts like a poor man, [pic] that he has a lot of money.

8. I didn't mean to break that vase.

Use adverb form of ‘purpose’

I didn't break that vase [pic].

9. Jack says Jenny is responsible.

according

10. It's Jenny's [pic] Jack.

I was so bored by his lecture that I left.

boring

His lecture was [pic] I left.

Exercise 4

Sentence Transformation Quiz

1. Katherine keeps making long distance telephone calls.
Katherine is ____________

2. Jack ate lunch before we arrived.
By the time ____________

3. Is there such a thing as happiness?
There ____________

4. I haven't seen Sushi for years.
It's ____________

5. I didn't know about...
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