CPE Use of English 4 - Sentence Transformation

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but it was a close

Winning the race was very difficult.
CLOSE
I won the race, _______________________ thing

out of the blue I received

After 10 years without news from my dad, all of a sudden I received a letter. (BLUE)
After 10 years without news from my dad, completely _____________________________ a letter.

came to light when

The mistake in the accounts was not noticed until the figures were re-checked.
LIGHT
The mistake in the accounts only ........................................ the figures were re-checked.

went to plan

I had no problems at all during my trip to France.
PLAN
Everything ........................................ during my trip to France.

cut short their picnic // cut their picnic short

The heavy downpour brought their picnic to an abrupt end.
CUT
They had to ........................................ because of the heavy downpour.

planning/plans is/are/will be crucial to the success

The reforms will not succeed unless they are carefully planned.
CRUCIAL
Careful ........................................ of the reforms.

was suspected of stealing

They think that Helen's brother stole the money.
SUSPECTED
Helen's brother ....................................... the money.

with Marion leaves me (feeling)

I feel completely exhausted when I've listened to Marion for half-an-hour.
LEAVES
Half-an-hour ........................................ completely exhausted.

has declined in the last

There are fewer geese on the nature reserve than there were ten years ago.
DECLINED
The number of geese on the nature reserve ...................................... ten years.

to drop us a line

I asked Sally to write us a short letter to let us know that she's arrived safely.
DROP
I asked Sally ............................................. to let us know that she's arrived safely.

Jane's failure to reply to his invitation

Alan felt that it was unforgivable that Jane hadn't replied to his invitation.
FAILURE
Alan felt that ............................................................ was unforgivable.

the old vase could be made into

Marisa thought it would be possible for someone to turn the old vase into a plant pot.
MADE
Marisa thought that ........................................................ a plant pot.

in the habit of playing

Jeremy usually plays football on Saturdays.
HABIT
Jeremy is ........................................................ football on Saturdays.

the height of his success

When he was at his most successful, the president had enormous influence.
HEIGHT
At ................................................, the president had enormous influence.

the majority of students, Shula makes

Shula is one of the few students to use the library extensively.
MAJORITY
Unlike ........................................... extensive use of the library.

impressed by/at how skilled/skilful a

For me, his skill as a negotiator was most impressive.
HOW
I was most ................................................... negotiator he was.

come up with a solution to

The delay is a nuisance, but I'm sure Sam can solve our problems.
COME
The delay is a nuisance, but I'm sure Sam can ..................................... our problems.

as it seems/may seem, the composer lacks any

It may seem strange, but the composer has no formal training in music.
LACKS
Strange .................................................................... kind of formal training in music.

want to leave anything to chance

Yoshi wanted to make sure that everything was as it should be on the big day.
LEAVE
Yoshi didn't ................................................. on the big day.

was led to believe that

They gave Debina the impression that she would win first prize.
BELIEVE
Debina ..................................... she would win first prize.

put me at ease with the

I felt relaxed at Gita's house because her parents greeted me so warmly.
EASE
Gita's parents ................................... warmth of their greeting.

no circumstances will we ever do business

No matter what happens, we will never do business with that firm again.
EVER
Under .................................................. with that firm again.

did with her money was no concern

'It's none of your business what I do with my money!' Dimitra informed her father.
CONCERN
Dimitra informed her father that what she .................................... of his.

no way that the phrase

The chances of the phrase 'breaking my balls' appearing in the exam are zero.
WAY
There's absolutely ......................... 'breaking my balls' will appear in the exam.

to be having difficulty finding someone

Perhaps finding someone to replace her is proving difficult for him.
DIFFICULTY
He appears ................................ to replace her

regret paying such little attention to

I really wish I'd paid more attention to his warnings.
LITTLE
I bitterly ................................. his warnings.

to have the bodies sent to us

They are going to send the bodies to us next week.
SENT
I've arranged ........................... next week.

having forgotten to put off

"I forgot to postpone my sex change", Robert admitted.
PUT
Robert confessed to .............................. his sex change.

denied having been lent / having borrowed

He said it was absolutely untrue that someone had lent him a teddy bear.
HAVING
He categorically ..................................... a teddy bear.

dislike being made to

I really don't like it when they make us sing the national anthem.
MADE
I strongly ............................... sing the national anthem.

forget to get in touch about

Did it really slip your mind to contact me about the cocaine shipment?
TOUCH
Did you honestly .......................... the cocaine shipment?

no circumstances are you to visit

You are not to visit el Raval on your own, no matter what happens.
CIRCUMSTANCES
Under .............................................. on your own.

are you to mention anything that takes place

Never mention anything that happens in Fight Club.
PLACE
On no account ..................................... in Fight Club.

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