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Sentence transformation (Intermediate) Exercise 1

1.William suggested that Peter should complain to the company. 2.He has been playing the guitar for five years. 3.I am fond of my nephew in spite of his terrible behaviour. 4.The sea is not warm/hot enough for me to swim in. 5.He denied being there/(that) he had been there at the/that time. 6.The policeman asked us whose suitcase it was. 7.It's the first time she has ridden a horse. 8.Those two questions were too difficult for us to answer. 9.Are these the cheapest televisions (that) you have got? 10.I'd rather you didn't smoke in here.

Exercise 2
1.His mother asked him not to make such a mess in his room. 2.The American ambassador has just been recalled. 3.You needn't/ don't have to/ don't need to do the test. 4.It was so cold/ such a cold day that we stayed/had to stay indoors. 5.She would rather read a book than watch TV. 6.Eventually he managed to make her answer the question. 7.In spite of his intelligence/ the fact that he is/ being intelligent, he doesn't do well at school. 8.I wish I had gone to the airport to say goodbye to him. 9.If they hadn't had a flat tyre, they wouldn't have arrived (so) late. 10.The heavy snow prevented/stopped her from getting to work.

Exercise 3
1.The weather was not as bad as I had expected. 2.The storm prevented/stopped the trains from running/ made the train stop running/ made it impossible for the train to run.

3.I wasn't early enough to see her. 4.I apologise for being/ having been rude/ for my rudeness to you yesterday. 5.If he had hurried he would/could have caught / wouldn't have missed the train. 6.No student in my school is more talented than Mary. 7.It's the first time I've seen that man (here). 8.The furniture was too expensive for me to buy. 9.The bank manager was made/forced to hand over the money. 10.He has been driving/ been able to drive since he was eighteen.

Exercise 4
1. She was unhappier than she had ever been (before). 2. It was too late to do anything/for anything to be done. 3. "Please can/could/would you wake me at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning?" I asked/ said to the hotel receptionist. 4. The date of the meeting will have to be changed again. 5. We are going to have/get the car repaired. 6. The train does not take as long as/ takes a shorter time than/ is quicker/faster than the bus. 7. It is over six months since John had his hair cut. 8. Maria wishes (that) she had been put / they had put her in a higher class. 9. I'll finish the work tonight if you like/ want me to / shall I? 10.In case you get hungry you had better/should/ought to take some sandwiches.

Exercise 5
1. If my husband had left the car keys, we could/would have picked him up at the station. 2. Bill doubted whether/if/that John would come. 3. Our dog bit the postman. 4. The fog prevented ps from driving. 5. In spite of his broken leg/ having a broken leg / having broken his leg / his leg being broken / the fact that his leg was broken / the fact that he had broken his leg, he managed to get out of the car.

6.It was such a hard cake that I could not eat it. / It was impossible to eat the cake because it was so hard. 7.If it hadn't been raining/ rained we would have gone home. 8.My mother cooks better than I do/me. is a better cook than I am/me. 9.Do you happen to have change for a pound? 10.He didn't win the race/ succeed in winning the race.

Exercise 6
1.It's hours since Mary rang. 2.I wish (that) I had finished my homework last night. 3."How do you like my new dress?" she said to/ asked John. "How do you like my new dress, John?" she asked. 4.There is a train that/which leaves/ a train leaving at eight o'clock every morning. There is an eight o'clock train every morning. 5.It cannot be denied that she has a beautiful voice. 6.Do you mind helping me to put the chairs away? 7.Unless somebody sends for a doctor/ a doctor is sent for, the child will die. 8.He'd rather (that) you paid him immediately / be paid immediately. 9.The water was not warm enough for the children to swim in. 10.She had her car repaired / had someone repair her car.