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AlanSpeak Sentence Transformation exercise

Basic transformation exercise 01

Answers: Transform the sentences using the word(s) given so that they mean the same as the original.

  1. I'm sure you saw that film. (You must)
    You must have seen that film.
  2. She doesn't need to talk about Glee all the time. (needn't)
    She needn’t talk about “Glee” all the time.
  3. She could afford an expensive lifestyle because she had inherited from her parents. (Being)
    Being rich, she could afford an expensive lifestyle.
  4. Will you have some more coffee? (Change 'have' to 'like')
    Would you like some more coffee?
  5. He didn't want to sing and neither did my friend. (Use 'either')
    He didn't want to sing and my friend didn’t either.
  6. Alex said to her, 'I must be in London by seven tomorrow.' (Alex told her that)
    1) You’re in Bath and tomorrow was three weeks ago.
    Alex told her that he had to be in London the following day.
    2) You’re in London and tomorrow was three weeks ago.
    Alex told her that he had to be here the following day.
    3) You’re in Bath and tomorrow is now today.
    Alex told her that he had to be in London today.
    4) You’re in London and tomorrow is now today.
    Alex told her that he had to be here today.
  7. I'm sorry I didn't study more. (I wish)
    I wish I had studied more.
  8. She was so intelligent a girl that they gave her the job straight away. (She was such)
    She was such an intelligent girl that they gave her the job straight away.
  9. Hardly had we left the hotel when they finally called us. (We)
    We had hardly left the hotel when they finally called us.
  10. The children insisted that they had to save up. (Change 'that' to 'on')
    The children insisted on saving up.
  11. This room needs painting. (This room needs to)
    This room needs to be painted.
  12. I hope to talk again soon. (Change 'hope' to 'look forward to')
    I look forward to talking again soon.
  13. You had better help her with her homework. (I would rather)
    I would rather you helped her with her homework.
  14. Jane is not so pretty as Alice. (Alice is)
    Alice is prettier than Jane.
  15. One of your classmates left this for you. (A classmate)
    A classmate of yours left this for you.
  16. When she told me, I started to laugh. (Use 'couldn't help')
    When she told me, I couldn’t help laughing.
  17. She loves “Glee”. This surprises everyone. (The fact that)
    The fact that she loves “Glee” surprises everyone.
  18. My mother blamed me because the window was broken. (Use “for”)
    My mother blamed me for breaking the window.
  19. We are sure of your sincerity. (Change 'of' to 'that')
    We are sure that you are sincere.
  20. Heavy smoking can cause cancer. (Change 'cause' to 'result')
    Heavy smoking can result in cancer.
  21. My relations are poor. They never suffer from gout. (Use 'afflicted')
    My relations are poor. They are never afflicted with gout.
  22. It is useless to argue with him. (Use 'no use') It...
    It is no use arguing with him.
  23. So late were we that they had to wait for half an hour.
    [Begin 'We were'] We were so late they had to wait half an hour.
    [Begin 'They had'] They had to wait half an hour because we were so late.
  24. It is time for her to stop talking about “Glee”. (It is time she)
    It is time she stopped talking about “Glee”.
  25. The book was too interesting for me to stop reading. (Change 'too' to 'so')
    The book was so interesting I couldn’t stop reading.
  26. Let's go out to dinner, shall we? (How about)
    How about going out to dinner?
  27. The number of people looking for work is going up. (Use 'increase')
    There has been an increase in the number of people looking for work.
  28. Would you be kind enough to fetch me some coffee? (Would you be so)
    Would you be so kind as to fetch me some coffee?
  29. Would you please leave? (Would you mind)
    Would you mind leaving?
  30. No sooner had I opened the letter when I started to shout. (Hardly)
    Hardly had I opened the letter when I started to shout.

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