22/8/08

Sentence transformation activities 1

Sentence Transformation #1
The ability to rewrite sentences so that they have the same meaning as the original is often required for many English ESL EFL Exams such as Cambridge's First Certificate, CAE and Proficiency. This skill can also help you prepare for the TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language). It is also an important skill which can help you improve your understanding of similar English expressions and vocabulary.

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

You must never take your helmet off while you are riding a motorcycle.

all

Helmets must be worn -- at all times when riding a motorcycle.

They wanted to apologize for their behavior: that's why they paid for dinner.

order

They paid for dinner -- in order to apologize for their behavior.

It isn't necessary to bring skis as they are included in the package.

have

You -- don't have to bring skis as they are included in the package.

I thought parking was allowed here.

under the impression

I -- was under the impression that parking was allowed here.

Tom said, "I will be playing tennis when you arrive."

he

Tom said -- he would be playing tennis when I arrived.

When I was a child, we would go to the local park every Saturday afternoon.

used

When I was a child, -- we used to go the park every Saturday.

His daughter continued to cry until he could not be seen any longer.

sight

She continued to cry until he -- was out of sight.

I'm afraid that car is just too expensive.

means

That car is -- beyond my means.

They moved to this suburb in 1997.

lived

They -- have lived in this suburb since 1997.

One other thing before I forget - Jack is coming to visit next weekend.

by

-- By the way, Jack is coming to visit next weekend.

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