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40 Advanced rewriting sentences

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1.

None of the phones were left when we got to the
shop.

-> _______________________ the shop, all the phones had
been sold.
2. I didn't know it was Carl until he took off his hat.
when
Only
his hat did I recognise Carl.

3. Don't waste your time asking Bryan to come with us.
worth
It's
to come with us.

4. Perhaps John heard the story from Pippa.
have
Pippa might

story.

5. Until they fire me as manager here, I'll run the
company my way.
long
the boss, I'll run the company my way.


6. The school's management are investigating allegations
of teacher brutality.
into
Allegations of teacher brutality
the school's
management.
7. It's not possible that you saw Mary last night, she was
with us!
have
You
last night, she was with us!

8. The beach was fun even though it was too cold.
fact
too cold, the beach was fun.

9. Many delegates stole pens from the conference room.
were
A lot of
the conference room by delegates.

10. Immediately after Bess arrived home, the phone rang.
sooner
No
home than the phone rang.

11. If his expensive divorce hadn't happened, Bill would
still be a rich man.


for
If it

divorce, Bill would still be a rich man.

12. "You won't get lost along the country lanes if you
always have the map open."
long
He told them they wouldn't get lost
had the
map open.
13. My brother has great ideas all the time.
comes
My brother always
ideas.

14. If that passing woman hadn't arrived, we would have
been completely lost.
for
Had it
, we would have got completely lost.

15. If I lose this job, nobody will let me forget it.
live
I'll
if I lose this job.

16. They'll have to cancel the show if the audience
doesn't increase.
mean


A continued low audience for the show
cancellation.

17. A phone call was the first we heard about them
withdrawing from the concert.
pulling
The first we heard about
of the concert was a
phone call.
18. We need to run or the train will leave before we get
there.
time
Unless we run, the train
we get there.

19. "You really must stay for dessert," Kate's brother said
to him.
staying
Kate's brother
for dessert.

20. "A massage would do you a lot of good," Jake told
Amy.
from
"You
a massage," Jake told Amy.


21. Even if it's very far, they want to go to Paris for a
weekend break.
may
Far
, they want to go to Paris for a weekend
break.
22. The town's population surrendered as soon as the
enemy arrived.
than
No sooner had the enemy arrived
surrendered.
23. This building stands a very good chance of being
closed as unsafe by the council.
highly
It's
will be closed by council due to being
unsafe.
24. Another student stole Carol's watch from the
classroom.
had
Carol
by another student from the classroom.

25. I'm just about to give up this diet because it's not
working at all.


point
I'm

this diet up because it's not working at all.

26. Please do those photocopies whenever you have the
time.
happen
Please do those photocopies if
the time.

27. If you really want to spend the whole night studying,
there's nothing I can do.
insist
If you
the whole night, there's nothing I can
do.
28. The match will be postponed if it keeps raining.
mean
Further rain
postponement of the match.

29. "I can't stand what his assistant said about me," said
Barbara.
objected
Barbara
the assistant said about her.

30. "Ian took the money, not his brother Dylan," Susan
said.
it


According to Susan,

took the money, not

Dylan.
31. The shop was closed for a week while they decorated
it.
done
While it
, the shop was closed for a week.

32. If Phil is having so many problems at school, maybe
some private tuition would help him.
from
Maybe Phil would
tuition if he's having so
many problems at school.
33. They'll blame the failure of the festival on the
weather.
down
The failure of the festival
the weather.

34. When people speak down to my sister, she hates it.
being
My sister hates
to like that


35. I know it's dangerous, but I love hang gliding.
may
Dangerous
, I love hang gliding.

36. I'd prefer you not to stay out so late.
rather
I'd
stay out so late.

37. I don't think it's important how fast we drive, we're
going to be late.
matter
We're going to be late
drive.

38. We paid someone to fix the roof for us last summer.
had
Last summer, we
.

39. You should have spoken to Meg sooner.
spoken
If
to Meg sooner.

40. "You played your music too loud last night," Jan said
to Ben angrily.
accused
Jan
his music too loud the previous night.




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